Working Titles of Famous Books

I was under the impression that only movies had working titles until I came across an article regarding The Great Gatsby and its original title! So obviously I hunted down as many working titles of books as I could.

Here are some of our favourite books and what they were almost named:


  1. Pride and Prejudice: First Impressions
  2. To Kill a Mockingbird: Atticus
  3. Of Mice and Men: Something That Happened
  4. The Mill on the Floss: Sister Maggie
  5. David Copperfield: The Copperfield Disclosures, Copperfield Complete, The Copperfield Records, The Copperfield Survey of the World as It Rolled, Mag’s Diversionstgg
  6. The Great Gatsby: Trimalchio in West Egg, Gatsby, Gold-Hatted Gatsby, Trimalchio, On the Road to West Egg, White and Blue, Under the Red, The High-Bouncing Lover, Among Ash-Heaps and Millionaires
  7. Lolita: The Kingdom by the Sea
  8. The Lord of the Rings: The War of the Ring
  9. The Good Soldier: The Saddest Story
  10. Of Human Bondage: Beauty from Ashesgwtw
  11. Gone with the Wind: Tomorrow Is Another Day, Bugles Sang True, Tote the Weary Load, Not In Our Stars
  12. The Sun Also Rises: Fiesta, The Lost Generation, The Old Leaven, River to the Sea, Two Lie Together
  13. War and Peace: All’s Well That Ends Well
  14. Catch-22: Catch-18
  15. Persuasion: The Eliotsdracula
  16. Dracula: The Un-Dead
  17. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland: Alice’s Adventures Under Ground
  18. The Secret Garden: Mistress Mary
  19. Lord of the Flies: Strangers From Within
  20. Animal Farm: Animal Farm: A Fairy Story, A Satire, or A Contemporary Satire
  21. Bleak House: East Wind, Tom-All-Alone’s, Bleak House and the East Wind, The Solitary House that was Always Shut Up1984
  22. Nineteen Eighty-Four: The Last Man in Europe
  23. Light in August: Dark House
  24. The Sound and the Fury: Twilight
  25. The House of Mirth: The Year of the Rose
  26. Brideshead Revisited: The House of Faith

    So what do you think of the names that could have been of your favourite books??




3 thoughts on “Working Titles of Famous Books

  1. I love this post! It’s very creative.

    I must say that the would-have-been title for 1984 wouldn’t have suited the book at all. That’s just judging by the first 84 pages. I couldn’t get through it.

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