In the words of Shakespeare, What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” Yet despite knowing we should never judge a book by its cover, it is possible that a books name may just make or break its success.

So with this in mind, I was curious to find out what books (in particular well known books, known by many from merely their name) may have had different names. If you too are curious about books and the process of naming then take a look at this list of popular books and their other possible titles.

1984 by George Orwell had a working title of The Last Man in Europe, whilst his book Animal farm was originally given the longer title of; Animal Farm: A Fairy Story, A Satire, or A Contemporary Satire (Not quite as catchy as the simple ‘Animal Farm’).

animal farm and 1984

F. Scott Fitzgerald’s, The Great Gatsby had many other working titles including; Among Ash-Heaps and Millionaires, Trimalchio in West Egg, On the Road to West Egg, Under the Red, White and Blue, Gold-Hatted Gatsby or simply Gatsby.

Gatsy 1

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee was originally titled the short and simple, Atticus.

to kill a mockingbird

Similarly Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland was originally titled, Alice.

alice in wonderland

Jane Austen’s popular novel Pride and Prejudice could have been called First Impressions.

Pride and Prejudice

These are just a few of the hundreds of classic and popular books that had many alternative working titles. But what I really want to know is, would the books popularity have differed if these books had different titles?


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