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List of book titles taken from literature

Many authors will use quotations from literature as the title for their works. This may be done as a conscious allusion to the themes of the older work or simply because the phrase seems memorable. The following is a partial list of book titles taken from literature. It does not include phrases altered for parody. (Titles taken from works by William Shakespeare do not appear here: see List of titles of works based on Shakespearean phrases.)

Work Author Literary Reference
Absalom, Absalom! William Faulkner
A che punto è la notte Carlo Fruttero and Franco Lucentini (literally, "What of the night")
After Many a Summer Dies the Swan Aldous Huxley Tithonus, Alfred, Lord Tennyson
Ah, Wilderness! Eugene O'Neill Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam, trans. Edward FitzGerald
All Passion Spent Vita Sackville-West Samson Agonistes, John Milton
All the King's Men Robert Penn Warren Humpty Dumpty
Alone on a Wide, Wide Sea Michael Morpurgo The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Antic Hay Aldous Huxley Edward II, Christopher Marlowe
Arms and the Man George Bernard Shaw The Aeneid, Virgil
As I Lay Dying William Faulkner The Odyssey, Homer
A Time to Kill John Grisham
Behold the Man Michael Moorcock
Beyond the Mexique Bay Aldous Huxley Bermudas, Andrew Marvell
Blithe Spirit Noel Coward To a Skylark, Percy Bysshe Shelley
Butter In a Lordly Dish Agatha Christie
Cabbages and Kings O. Henry The Walrus and the Carpenter, Lewis Carroll
Clouds of Witness Dorothy L. Sayers
A Confederacy of Dunces John Kennedy Toole Thoughts on Various Subjects, Moral and Diverting, Jonathan Swift
Consider Phlebas Iain M. Banks The Waste Land, T. S. Eliot
Cover Her Face P. D. James The Duchess of Malfi, John Webster
The Cricket on the Hearth Charles Dickens Il Penseroso, John Milton
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time Mark Haddon Silver Blaze, Arthur Conan Doyle
A Darkling Plain Philip Reeve Dover Beach, Matthew Arnold
The Doors of Perception Aldous Huxley The Marriage of Heaven and Hell, William Blake
Down to a Sunless Sea David Graham Kubla Khan, Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Dying of the Light George R. R. Martin Do not go gentle into that good night, Dylan Thomas
East of Eden John Steinbeck
Ego Dominus Tuus William Butler Yeats La Vita Nuova Dante
Endless Night Agatha Christie Auguries of Innocence William Blake
Eyeless in Gaza Aldous Huxley Samson Agonistes, John Milton
A Fanatic Heart Edna O'Brien Remorse for Intemperate Speech, William Butler Yeats
The Far-Distant Oxus Katharine Hull and Pamela Whitlock Sohrab and Rustum, Matthew Arnold
Far From the Madding Crowd Thomas Hardy Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard, Thomas Gray
Fear and Trembling Søren Kierkegaard
For a Breath I Tarry Roger Zelazny A Shropshire Lad, A. E. Housman
For Whom the Bell Tolls Ernest Hemingway Meditation XVII, John Donne
A Glass of Blessings Barbara Pym The Pully, George Herbert
The Golden Apples of the Sun Ray Bradbury The Song of the Wandering Angus, W. B. Yeats
The Golden Bowl Henry James
Gone with the Wind Margaret Mitchell Non sum qualis eram bonae sub regno Cynarae, Ernest Dowson
The Grapes of Wrath John Steinbeck The Battle Hymn of the Republic, Julia Ward Howe
Great Work of Time John Crowley Horatian Ode upon Cromwell's Return from Ireland, Andrew Marvell
The Green Bay Tree Louis Bromfield
A Handful of Dust Evelyn Waugh The Waste Land, T. S. Eliot
The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter Carson McCullers The Lonely Hunter, William Sharp
His Dark Materials Philip Pullman Paradise Lost, John Milton
The House of Mirth Edith Wharton
If I Forget Thee Jerusalem William Faulkner
If Not Now, When? Primo Levi Pirkei Avot 1:13
In Dubious Battle John Steinbeck Paradise Lost, John Milton
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings Maya Angelou Sympathy, Paul Laurence Dunbar
In a Dry Season Peter Robinson Gerontion, by T. S. Eliot
An Instant In The Wind André Brink The Broken Tower, Hart Crane
I Sing the Body Electric Ray Bradbury Leaves of Grass, Walt Whitman
I Will Fear No Evil Robert A. Heinlein
O Jerusalem! Dominique Lapierre and Larry Collins
Jesting Pilate Aldous Huxley Of Truth, Francis Bacon
The Lathe of Heaven Ursula K. Le Guin Zhuangzi, Book XXIII, paragraph 7
Let Us Now Praise Famous Men James Agee
The Line of Beauty Alan Hollinghurst The Analysis of Beauty, William Hogarth
Look to Windward Iain M. Banks The Waste Land, T. S. Eliot
A Many-Splendoured Thing Han Suyin The Kingdom of God, Francis Thompson
The Mirror Crack'd from Side to Side Agatha Christie The Lady of Shalott, Alfred, Lord Tennyson
Moab Is My Washpot Stephen Fry
The Monkey's Raincoat Robert Crais The Monkey's Raincoat, Matsuo Bashō
A Monstrous Regiment of Women Laurie R. King The First Blast of the Trumpet Against the Monstrous Regiment of Women, John Knox
The Moon by Night Madeleine L'Engle
Mother Night Kurt Vonnegut Faust Part One, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
The Moving Finger Agatha Christie Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam, trans. Edward FitzGerald
Mr Standfast John Buchan Pilgrim's Progress, John Bunyan
Nectar in a Sieve Kamala Markandaya Work Without Hope, Samuel Coleridge
No Highway Nevil Shute The Wanderer, John Masefield
No Longer at Ease Chinua Achebe The Journey of the Magi, T. S. Eliot
Number the Stars Lois Lowry
Of Human Bondage W. Somerset Maugham Ethics, Baruch Spinoza
Of Mice and Men John Steinbeck To a Mouse, Robert Burns
The Other Side of Silence André Brink Middlemarch, George Eliot
The Painted Veil W. Somerset Maugham Lift Not The Painted Veil Which Those Who Live, sonnet by Percy Bysshe Shelley
The Parliament of Man Paul Kennedy Locksley Hall, Alfred Lord Tennyson
A Passage to India E. M. Forster Leaves of Grass, Walt Whitman
Postern of Fate Agatha Christie Gates of Damascus, James Elroy Flecker
The Proper Study Isaac Asimov An Essay on Man, Alexander Pope
Recalled to Life Reginald Hill A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens
Recalled to Life Robert Silverberg A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens
Ring of Bright Water Gavin Maxwell The Marriage of Psyche, Kathleen Raine
The Road Less Traveled M. Scott Peck The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost
Shall not Perish William Faulkner Gettysburg Address, Abraham Lincoln
The Skull Beneath the Skin P. D. James Whispers of Immortality, T. S. Eliot
The Soldier's Art Anthony Powell Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came, Robert Browning
Some Buried Caesar Rex Stout Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam, trans. Edward FitzGerald
Specimen Days Michael Cunningham Walt Whitman's prosework
The Stars' Tennis Balls Stephen Fry The Duchess of Malfi, John Webster
Stranger in a Strange Land Robert A. Heinlein
Such, Such Were the Joys George Orwell The Echoing Green, William Blake
The Sun Also Rises Ernest Hemingway
Surprised by Joy C. S. Lewis Surprised by Joy, William Wordsworth
A Swiftly Tilting Planet Madeleine L'Engle Morning Song of Senlin, Conrad Aiken
Tender Is the Night F. Scott Fitzgerald ''Ode to a Nightingale, John Keats
Terrible Swift Sword Bruce Catton The Battle Hymn of the Republic, Julia Ward Howe
Things Fall Apart Chinua Achebe The Second Coming, William Butler Yeats
This Side of Paradise F. Scott Fitzgerald Tiare Tahiti, Rupert Brooke
Those Barren Leaves Aldous Huxley The Tables Turned, William Wordsworth
Tiger! Tiger! - alternative title of The Stars My Destination Alfred Bester The Tyger, William Blake
Tiger! Tiger! Rudyard Kipling short story The Tyger, William Blake
Time of our Darkness Stephen Gray For the Fallen, Laurence Binyon
Time To Murder And Create Lawrence Block The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock, T. S. Eliot
To a God Unknown John Steinbeck Rig Veda Book X
To Sail Beyond the Sunset Robert A. Heinlein Ulysses, Alfred Lord Tennyson
To Say Nothing of the Dog Connie Willis Three Men in a Boat, Jerome K. Jerome
Vanity Fair William Makepeace Thackeray The Pilgrim's Progress, John Bunyan
The Violent Bear It Away Flannery O'Connor (Douay translation)
Waiting for the Barbarians J.M. Coetzee Waiting for the Barbarians, Constantine P. Cavafy
The Waste Land T. S. Eliot From Ritual to Romance, Jessie L. Weston
The Way of All Flesh Samuel Butler (as rephrased in Wesley's Notes}
The Wealth of Nations Adam Smith
What's Become of Waring Anthony Powell Waring from Dramatic Lyrics, Robert Browning
Where Angels Fear to Tread E. M. Forster Essay on Criticism, Alexander Pope
The Wives of Bath Susan Swan The Wife of Bath's Prologue and Tale, Geoffrey Chaucer

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