This blog is mothballed. However, the posts are all still here if needed (click on the link to the right to see an index). There are 181 stories of how books got their titles.
In this blog I set myself three conditions for inclusion. Firstly, each title should be the title of a major work: a book or play, rather than, say, a poem or short story. Secondly, the title should not be explicable by reading the text of the book or play itself: some additional biographical or other information should be essential for full comprehension. Thirdly, I have not dealt with too many books that take quotations as sources for titles, unless there is some rather unusual reason for the quotation.
I have relied on the efforts of a great many scholars to write this blog, and a list of sources is given at the end of each post.
Please continue to comment on any of these posts as you see fit and I will certainly respond.
Many thanks to all the visitors and commenters so far.