Have you ever wondered how certain books got their titles? In interviewing authors over the past five years I sometimes ask them how they came up with a particular book title. Frequently their ideas come to them in odd ways. Often a title is amended as an author works on a book and as the story develops in ways they hadn’t imagined. Or the title they have had in mind is jettisoned by the publisher and changed to something they think is more marketable.
Recently I stumbled across an interesting blog called How Books Got Their Titles with fascinating information on over 180 books and the inside scoop on how they got their titles. The blog was created by Gary Dexter. All entries appear to be carefully researched (sources are listed at the bottom of each entry).
At some point, haven’t you wondered about the naming of Somerset Maugham’s The Moon and Sixpence, Joseph Heller’s Catch-22, or Asimov’s I, Robot? The answers are on Gary’s blog. I thought you might enjoy visiting this site!