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13 famous books that had very different working titles

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When it comes to writing your first novel, there are three things you'll inevitably lose a lot of sleep over: the beginning, the end, and everything in the middle.

And then there's your title - a snappy name you that must grab your potential reader's attention, beautifully sum up what's in store, and can be easily searchable on Amazon.

No stress, then.

Naming a life-defining novel is a struggle that even the world's most famous writers are all too familiar with, as the following gallery shows.

Here are thirteen world-famous books, all of which had very different names before they saw shop shelves.... 

  • 13 famous books that had very different working titles

    “All’s Well that Ends Well”

    Later known as: War and Peace (1869)

    Author: Leo Tolstoy

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    “The Kingdom by the Sea”

    Later known as: Lolita (1955)

    Author: Vladimir Nabokov

  • 13 famous books that had very different working titles 8

    “Tomorrow Is Another Day“

    Later known as: Gone With The Wind (1936)

    Author: Margaret Mitchell

  • 13 famous books that had very different working titles 9

    “Trimalchio in West Egg”

    Later known as: The Great Gatsby (1925)

    Author: F. Scott Fitzgerald 

  • 13 famous books that had very different working titles 10

    “The Last Man in Europe”

    Later known as: 1984 (1949)

    Author: George Orwell

  • 13 famous books that had very different working titles 11

    “Strangers from Within”

    Later known as: Lord of the Flies (1954)

    Author: William Golding

  • 13 famous books that had very different working titles 12

    “Four and a Half Years of Struggle Against Lies, Stupidity and Cowardice”

    Later known as: Mein Kampf (1925)

    Author: Adolf Hitler

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Chris Sayer is a freelance journalist and editor based in London. Chris has interviewed some of the biggest names in entertainment and travelled the world doing an all manner of adventures for lots of brilliant magazines. He writes for Shortlist about booze but would probably prefer we let him write about fishing instead. Follow Chris on Twitter: @ChrisSayer00

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