Reading in the Station

Novels that used to have very different names

Did you know that F. Scott Fitzgerald’s famous novel The Great Gatsby was original called ‘Trimalchio in West Egg’? It was an odd choice and not very catchy, but Fitzgerald was convince it was the perfect fit. The title was an obscure reference to the lead character of Petronius’ Satyricon. Thankfully, the author listened to the feedback of his editors and changed the name to something the rest of us can understand. Apparently Fitzgerald’s masterpiece isn’t the only classic to have undergone a drastic name change. You might be surprised by how many famous novels had alternate identities in their early stages.

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