Working Titles of Famous Novels
How ‘Trimalchio in West Egg’ became ‘The Great Gatsby’ and other famous name changes
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If you’ve ever wondered if great authors struggle with titles, the answer is yes and Jonkers has created an infographic that proves it. Here are the original titles of some of literature’s most famous novels, and explanations for how the books ended up with the names that they have today. The list includes more than one close call, because A Thing That Happened just doesn’t have the same ring as Of Mice and Men.