Saturday, September 10, 2011
Title Deeds by Gary Dexter
Dexter looks into the process of naming novels and how their genesis evolves over time. Going through 50 books that are very well known for the most part, he ends up not only looking into the trivia of literature, but also giving insight into how literature is actually created.
Exceptional book that I read in about a day on a flight back from vacation. It's fascinating how things fall together with authors and writing and what makes a book work. Some of the most famous book titles almost didn't come into being just like many novels have a strange and twisted tale about how they finally come to light. From legal troubles over names to clever titles to titles that publishers insisted be changed, everything is part of the genesis of literature. This book did finally convince me to read some more classic books such as Cold Comfort Farm, In the Name of the Rose, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, and H.P. Lovecraft though.