What’s in a name? Apparently quite a lot, because here The Independent shares the titles of famous literary works with the titles those books were originally given by their authors.
In a lot of cases, the difference is vast. Think of it: Would The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald have been as great if it was called Trimalchio in West Egg? And what about Gone with the Wind? Would either the book or the film have entranced so many people had it been called Tomorrow Is Another Day. From The Independent:
The late Harper Lee decided against the title of Atticus for her 1960 story of racial tensions in the deep south, choosing To Kill a Mockingbird to avoid naming it after just one character. William Golding’s intended title of Strangers from Within for 1954’s Lord of the Flies was vetoed by his publishers for being too absurd, while Margaret Mitchell almost named 1936’s Gone with the Wind after the novel’s last line, “Tomorrow is another day.”
You can see the near-miss titles of some of history’s most famous books here.