7 working titles that never made it to the front cover of these much loved Classics

Imagine your favourite book without the title you have known and loved for years. Now imagine some mischeivous scamps at MP! decided to rework some of those titles and presented you with the ones that never made it to the front cover.

And are probably 100% factual.


Which is pure lies.

We have no evidence to suggest ANY of the following were EVER suggested as titles for these books. But it’s fun to imagine.


1. What would have happened if Edgar Allan Poe had suffered severe apathy? What if he just couldn’t bring himself to write anything iconic or legendary or memorable anymore? Well, with that in mind, we give you…


‘Nevermind’, the story of a man who has simply run out of cares to give.

2. Or Maurice Sendak being honest about the origins of ‘Where the Wild Things Are’:

fever dream

Because it’s the only logical explanation…

3. Unbeknownst to Oscar Wilde, his working title for ‘The Picture of Dorian Gray’ would be used in a 1997 film. Unfortunately, it would be the closest the cast would get to an Oscar for their parts.

paint me like

#tooharsh? #titanic #iceberg

4. Did you know that ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’ was originally going to be written from the POV of the caterpillar? Neither did we. Because it’s a lie. But if it were true then we reckon the working title might have looked like this:

who is alice?

“Whooo, are yooou?”

5. And from caterpillars to canines, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s roaring 20’s masterpiece might have been a little different, had the author been real honest about the story.

dog with a bone

Just move on, Jay. For the sake of everyone’s health. Move. On.

6. Now picture this: A young Jane Austen sits at her desk to begin writing. She’s had a spark of an idea. And the more she thinks about it, the more this book writes itself. And what singular thought and motion created that spark?


Ugh. Men.

7. Some childhood favourites went through this selection process too, even when the title seemed like it should be pretty straightforward.

We need to talk about eeyore

It’s about capturing the right tone. ‘Winnie-the-Pooh’ definitely has a softer edge to it.

Which is your favourite? Is there a book we should have picked? Tweet us @maximumpopbooks

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Written by Sarah Clare

Sarah is the Lead Writer and Design Queen here at Maximum Pop! Sarah holds an MA in Professional Writing from Falmouth University, and a BA in Creative Writing with English Literature from Marjon (BIG UP THE MARJON MASSIVE!). Sarah joined MP! after seeing an advertisement for writers on Instagram – because where else would a design master find their dream job?

Sarah is currently working on an expose on Draco Malfoy in her spare time. But not if his father hears about it.

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