List of book titles taken from literature

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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.)

WorkAuthorLiterary Reference
Absalom, Absalom!William Faulkner2 Samuel 19:4
A che punto è la notte
(literally, "At which point is the night")
Carlo Fruttero and Franco LucentiniBook of Isaiah 21:11
After Many a Summer Dies the SwanAldous HuxleyTithonus, Alfred, Lord Tennyson
Ah, Wilderness!Eugene O'NeillRubaiyat of Omar Khayyam, trans. Edward FitzGerald
Alien Corn (play)Sidney HowardOde to a Nightingale, John Keats
The Alien Corn (short story)W. Somerset MaughamOde to a Nightingale, John Keats
All Passion SpentVita Sackville-WestSamson Agonistes, John Milton
All the King's MenRobert Penn WarrenHumpty Dumpty
Alone on a Wide, Wide SeaMichael MorpurgoThe Rime of the Ancient Mariner, Samuel Taylor Coleridge
An Acceptable TimeMadeleine L'EnglePsalms 66:13
Antic HayAldous HuxleyEdward II, Christopher Marlowe
An Evil CradlingBrian KeenanQur'an 13:18, Arthur John Arberry translation
Arms and the ManGeorge Bernard ShawThe Aeneid, Virgil
As I Lay DyingWilliam FaulknerThe Odyssey, Homer
A Time to KillJohn GrishamEcclesiastes 3:3
Behold the ManMichael MoorcockGospel of John 19:5
Beneath the BleedingVal McDermidEast Coker, T. S. Eliot
Beyond the Mexique BayAldous HuxleyBermudas, Andrew Marvell
Blithe SpiritNoël CowardTo a Skylark, Percy Bysshe Shelley
Blood's a RoverJames EllroyReveille, A.E. Housman
Bonjour TristesseFrançoise SaganÀ Peine Défigurée, Paul Éluard
Brandy of the DamnedColin WilsonMan and Superman, George Bernard Shaw
Bury My Heart at Wounded KneeDee BrownAmerican Names, Stephen Vincent Benét
Butter In a Lordly DishAgatha ChristieBook of Judges 5:25
Cabbages and KingsO. HenryThe Walrus and the Carpenter, Lewis Carroll
Carrion ComfortDan SimmonsCarrion Comfort, Gerard Manley Hopkins
A Catskill EagleRobert B. ParkerMoby-Dick, Herman Melville
Clouds of WitnessDorothy L. SayersEpistle to the Hebrews 12:1
A Confederacy of DuncesJohn Kennedy TooleThoughts on Various Subjects, Moral and Diverting, Jonathan Swift
Consider PhlebasIain M. BanksThe Waste Land, T. S. Eliot
Consider the LiliesIain Crichton SmithGospel of Matthew 6:28
Cover Her FaceP. D. JamesThe Duchess of Malfi, John Webster
The Cricket on the HearthCharles DickensIl Penseroso, John Milton
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-TimeMark HaddonSilver Blaze, Arthur Conan Doyle
The Daffodil SkyH. E. BatesMaud, Alfred, Lord Tennyson
Dance Dance DanceHaruki MurakamiDeath's Echo, W.H. Auden
A Darkling PlainPhilip ReeveDover Beach, Matthew Arnold
Death Be Not ProudJohn GuntherHoly Sonnets X, John Donne
The Doors of PerceptionAldous HuxleyThe Marriage of Heaven and Hell, William Blake
Down to a Sunless SeaDavid GrahamKubla Khan, Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Dulce et Decorum EstWilfred OwenOdes iii 2.13, Horace
Dying of the LightGeorge R. R. MartinDo Not Go Gentle into That Good Night, Dylan Thomas
East of EdenJohn SteinbeckGenesis 4:16
Ego Dominus TuusWilliam Butler YeatsLa Vita Nuova Dante
Endless NightAgatha ChristieAuguries of Innocence William Blake
Everything is IlluminatedJonathan Safran FoerThe Unbearable Lightness of Being Milan Kundera
Eyeless in GazaAldous HuxleySamson Agonistes, John Milton
Fair Stood the Wind for FranceH. E. BatesBallad of Agincourt, Michael Drayton
Fame Is the SpurHoward SpringLycidas, John Milton
A Fanatic HeartEdna O'BrienRemorse for Intemperate Speech, William Butler Yeats
The Far-Distant OxusKatharine Hull and Pamela WhitlockSohrab and Rustum, Matthew Arnold
A Farewell to ArmsErnest HemingwayA Farewell to Arms (To Queen Elizabeth), George Peele
Far From the Madding CrowdThomas HardyElegy Written in a Country Churchyard, Thomas Gray
Fear and TremblingSøren KierkegaardPhilippians 2:12
For a Breath I TarryRoger ZelaznyA Shropshire Lad, A. E. Housman
For Whom the Bell TollsErnest HemingwayMeditation XVII, John Donne
From Here to EternityJames Jones"Gentlemen-Rankers," Rudyard Kipling
A Glass of BlessingsBarbara PymThe Pulley, George Herbert
The Glory and the DreamWilliam ManchesterWilliam Wordsworth, Ode: Intimations of Immortality
The Golden Apples of the SunRay BradburyThe Song of the Wandering Angus, W. B. Yeats
The Golden BowlHenry JamesEcclesiastes 12:6
Gone with the WindMargaret MitchellNon sum qualis eram bonae sub regno Cynarae, Ernest Dowson
The Grapes of WrathJohn SteinbeckThe Battle Hymn of the Republic, Julia Ward Howe
Great Work of TimeJohn CrowleyHoratian Ode upon Cromwell's Return from Ireland, Andrew Marvell
The Green Bay TreeLouis BromfieldPsalms 37:35
A Handful of DustEvelyn WaughThe Waste Land, T. S. Eliot
Have His CarcaseDorothy L. SayersThe Iliad, Homer (William Cowper's translation)
The Heart Is a Lonely HunterCarson McCullersThe Lonely Hunter, William Sharp
The Heart Is Deceitful Above All ThingsJT LeRoyJeremiah 17:9
His Dark MaterialsPhilip PullmanParadise Lost, John Milton
The House of MirthEdith WhartonEcclesiastes 7:4
How Sleep the BraveH. E. BatesHow Sleep the Brave, William Collins
How Sleep the BraveJames H. HunterHow Sleep the Brave, William Collins
How Sleep the BraveJohn BrileyHow Sleep the Brave, William Collins
If I Forget Thee JerusalemWilliam FaulknerPsalms 137:5
If Not Now, When?Primo LeviPirkei Avot 1:13
In Death GroundDavid Weber & Steve WhiteThe Art of War, Sun Tzu
In Dubious BattleJohn SteinbeckParadise Lost, John Milton
I Know Why the Caged Bird SingsMaya AngelouSympathy, Paul Laurence Dunbar
In a Dry SeasonPeter RobinsonGerontion, by T. S. Eliot
An Instant In The WindAndré BrinkThe Broken Tower, Hart Crane
I Sing the Body ElectricRay BradburyLeaves of Grass, Walt Whitman
I Will Fear No EvilRobert A. HeinleinPsalms 23:4
Jacob Have I LovedKatherine PatersonRomans 9:13
O Jerusalem!Dominique Lapierre and Larry CollinsPsalms 137:5
Jesting PilateAldous HuxleyOf Truth, Francis Bacon
The Last TemptationVal McDermidMurder in the Cathedral, T. S. Eliot
The Lathe of HeavenUrsula K. Le GuinZhuangzi, Book XXIII, paragraph 7
Let Us Now Praise Famous MenJames AgeeEcclesiastes 44:1
Lilies of the FieldWilliam Edmund BarrettMatthew 6:28
This Lime Tree BowerConor McPhersonThis Lime-Tree Bower My Prison, Samuel Taylor Coleridge
The Line of BeautyAlan HollinghurstThe Analysis of Beauty, William Hogarth
The Little FoxesLillian HellmanSong of Songs 2:15
Little Hands ClappingDan RhodesThe Pied Piper of Hamelin, Robert Browning
Look Homeward, AngelThomas WolfeLycidas, John Milton
Look to WindwardIain M. BanksThe Waste Land, T. S. Eliot
Many WatersMadeleine L'EngleSong of Songs 8:7
A Many-Splendoured ThingHan SuyinThe Kingdom of God, Francis Thompson
The Mermaids SingingVal McDermidThe Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock, T. S. Eliot
The Mirror Crack'd from Side to SideAgatha ChristieThe Lady of Shalott, Alfred, Lord Tennyson
Moab Is My WashpotStephen FryPsalms 60:8
The Monkey's RaincoatRobert CraisThe Monkey's Raincoat, Matsuo Bashō
A Monstrous Regiment of WomenLaurie R. KingThe First Blast of the Trumpet Against the Monstrous Regiment of Women, John Knox
The Moon by NightMadeleine L'EnglePsalms 121:6
Mother NightKurt VonnegutFaust Part One, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
The Moving FingerAgatha ChristieRubaiyat of Omar Khayyam, trans. Edward FitzGerald
Mr StandfastJohn BuchanPilgrim's Progress, John Bunyan
Nectar in a SieveKamala MarkandayaWork Without Hope, Samuel Coleridge
No Country for Old MenCormac McCarthySailing to Byzantium, William Butler Yeats
No HighwayNevil ShuteThe Wanderer, John Masefield
Noli Me TangereJosé RizalJohn 20:17
No Longer at EaseChinua AchebeThe Journey of the Magi, T. S. Eliot
Now Sleeps the Crimson PetalH. E. BatesNow Sleeps the Crimson Petal, Alfred, Lord Tennyson
Number the StarsLois LowryPsalms 147:4
Of Human BondageW. Somerset MaughamEthics, Baruch Spinoza
Of Mice and MenJohn SteinbeckTo a Mouse, Robert Burns
Oh! To be in EnglandH. E. BatesHome Thoughts From Abroad, Robert Browning
The Other Side of SilenceAndré BrinkMiddlemarch, George Eliot
The Painted VeilW. Somerset MaughamLift Not The Painted Veil Which Those Who Live, sonnet by Percy Bysshe Shelley
Pale Kings and PrincesRobert B. ParkerLa Belle Dame sans Merci, John Keats
The Parliament of ManPaul KennedyLocksley Hall, Alfred Lord Tennyson
Paths of GloryHumphrey CobbElegy Written in a Country Churchyard, Thomas Gray
A Passage to IndiaE. M. ForsterLeaves of Grass, Walt Whitman
O Pioneers!Willa CatherPioneers! O Pioneers!, Walt Whitman
Postern of FateAgatha ChristieGates of Damascus, James Elroy Flecker
Precious BaneMary WebbParadise Lost, John Milton
The Proper StudyIsaac AsimovAn Essay on Man, Alexander Pope
Quo VadisHenryk SienkiewiczJohn 13:36 (Vulgate translation)
Recalled to LifeReginald HillA Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens
Recalled to LifeRobert SilverbergA Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens
Ring of Bright WaterGavin MaxwellThe Marriage of Psyche, Kathleen Raine
The Road Less TraveledM. Scott PeckThe Road Not Taken, Robert Frost
Shall not PerishWilliam FaulknerGettysburg Address, Abraham Lincoln
The Skull Beneath the SkinP. D. JamesWhispers of Immortality, T. S. Eliot
The Soldier's ArtAnthony PowellChilde Roland to the Dark Tower Came, Robert Browning
Some Buried CaesarRex StoutRubaiyat of Omar Khayyam, trans. Edward FitzGerald
Specimen DaysMichael CunninghamWalt Whitman's prosework
The Stars' Tennis BallsStephen FryThe Duchess of Malfi, John Webster
Stranger in a Strange LandRobert A. HeinleinExodus 2:22
Such, Such Were the JoysGeorge OrwellThe Echoing Green, William Blake
The Sun Also RisesErnest HemingwayEcclesiastes 1:5
Surprised by JoyC. S. LewisSurprised by Joy, William Wordsworth
A Swiftly Tilting PlanetMadeleine L'EngleMorning Song of Senlin, Conrad Aiken
Taming a Sea HorseRobert B. ParkerMy Last Duchess, Robert Browning
Tender Is the NightF. Scott FitzgeraldOde to a Nightingale, John Keats
Terrible Swift SwordBruce CattonThe Battle Hymn of the Republic, Julia Ward Howe
That Good NightNJ CrispDo not go gentle into that good night, Dylan Thomas
Things Fall ApartChinua AchebeThe Second Coming, William Butler Yeats
This Side of ParadiseF. Scott FitzgeraldTiare Tahiti, Rupert Brooke
The Torment of OthersVal McDermidThe Dry Salvages, T. S. Eliot
Those Barren LeavesAldous HuxleyThe Tables Turned, William Wordsworth
Thrones, DominationsDorothy L. SayersParadise Lost, John Milton
Tiger! Tiger! - alternative title of The Stars My DestinationAlfred BesterThe Tyger, William Blake
Tiger! Tiger!Rudyard Kipling short storyThe Tyger, William Blake
A Time of GiftsPatrick Leigh FermorTwelfth night, Louis MacNeice
Time of our DarknessStephen GrayFor the Fallen, Laurence Binyon
Time To Murder And CreateLawrence BlockThe Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock, T. S. Eliot
Tirra Lirra by the RiverJessica AndersonThe Lady of Shalott, Alfred, Lord Tennyson
To a God UnknownJohn SteinbeckRig Veda Book X
To Sail Beyond the SunsetRobert A. HeinleinUlysses, Alfred, Lord Tennyson
To Say Nothing of the DogConnie WillisThree Men in a Boat, Jerome K. Jerome
To Your Scattered Bodies GoPhilip José FarmerHoly Sonnets VIII, John Donne
Vanity FairWilliam Makepeace ThackerayThe Pilgrim's Progress, John Bunyan
Vile BodiesEvelyn WaughPhilippians 3:21
The Violent Bear It AwayFlannery O'ConnorMatthew 11:12 (Douay translation)
Waiting for the BarbariansJ.M. CoetzeeWaiting for the Barbarians, Constantine P. Cavafy
The Waste LandT. S. EliotFrom Ritual to Romance, Jessie L. Weston
The Way of All FleshSamuel ButlerJoshua 23:14 (as rephrased in Wesley's Notes)
The Way Through the WoodsColin DexterThe Way Through the Woods, Rudyard Kipling
The Wealth of NationsAdam SmithIsaiah 61:6
What's Become of WaringAnthony PowellWaring from Dramatic Lyrics, Robert Browning
When the Green Woods LaughH. E. BatesSongs of Innocence and of Experience, William Blake
Where Angels Fear to TreadE. M. ForsterEssay on Criticism, Alexander Pope
The Widening GyreRobert B. ParkerThe Second Coming, William Butler Yeats
The Wings of the DoveHenry JamesPsalms 55:6
The Wives of BathSusan SwanThe Wife of Bath's Prologue and Tale, Geoffrey Chaucer
The World, the Flesh and the DevilMary Elizabeth BraddonBook of Common Prayer
The Yellow Meads of AsphodelH. E. BatesOde on St. Cecilia's Day, Alexander Pope

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