We all know that the original title of Tolstoy’s most famous work was War: What’s it Good For? and that it was only at the urging of his wife Sophia that it was changed to War and Peace.
However, this is not the only literary masterpiece that had the title changed from the author’s original intent. I wonder, if these works would have been as successful with their original titles?
PUBLISHED AS ORIGINAL TITLE
War and Peace War, What’s it Good For?
Gone with The Wind Well, That Just Happened
To Kill a Mockingbird People with Weird First Names
The Count of Monte Cristo I’m Gonna get you Sucka
The Lord of the Rings More About Hobbits
Anna Karenina Triumph and Tragedy
Les Misérables Les Comfortables
Death Comes for the Archbishop Do You Know the Way to Santa Fe?
The Catcher in the Rye The Hatefulness of Cheap Suitcases
Animal Farm Pigs
Moby Dick The Tale of the Essex…sort of
Ulysses An Arcane Retelling of The Odyssey
On the Road The Odyssey
Remembrance of Things Past The Longest Book You’ll Ever Read
(except you won’t)
* No, not really