A lot of classic books had different original working titles. For example, George Orwell’s 1984 was originally titled The Last Man in Europe.
William Faulkner’s The Sound and the Fury was originally named Twilight.
Margaret Mitchell’s Gone with the Wind was going to be Tomorrow Is Another Day, Not In Our Stars, Tote the Weary Load, or Bugles Sang True.
William Golding’s Lord of the Flies was originally titled Strangers From Within.
Twenty more original titles can be found here.
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Some of these are new to me, so it is a really intersting post. Thanks. I wonder if these books would have been a successful if the authors had gone with the alternatives? Personally, the title is often one of the first things that attracts me to pick up a book, especially if it’s a new author/one I haven’t read before. Not sure that I would have read ‘Gone With the Wind’ if Margaret Mitchell had called it ‘Tote the weary Load.’
Twilight…. that would have been such an unfortunate title considering what Twilight is now! Good choice Faulkner, good choice!
War and Peace was supposed to be named “War, what is it good for?”.