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Renamed Classics: What Your Favorite Books Were Almost Called

  First Posted: 12/02/11 11:43 AM ET   Updated: 12/02/11 11:43 AM ET

A book title is a story's thesis statement. If it's boring or off-putting, readers will turn their attention elsewhere. If it's evocative or captivating, a title can mask the quality of a mediocre book. So we have to wonder: If these classic books had less illustrious titles, would they have gained such a faithful readership?

Probably. Still, checking out other names considered by James Joyce and Jane Austen is good for a laugh. Here are some renamed titles from "mental_floss: The Book" [HarperCollins, $17.99]

"The Great Gatsby"
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F. Scott Fitzgerald considered quite a few titles, including "Trimalchio in West Egg," "Among Ash-Heaps and Millionaires," "On the Road to West Egg," "Under the Red, White, and Blue," "Gold-Hatted Gatsby" and "The High-Bouncing Lover."
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