Literature Books with Titles Taken from Literature

Walter Graves
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A list of books with titles that quote other well-known works of literature. Many of these are phrases we've heard, but probably can't place. This list provides the answers. Coincidentally (or perhaps by design), many of these books may also be found on lists of the greatest literature of all time. It's no surprise that being "well read" is an attribute shared by many of the world's greatest authors. This list excludes books that only quote Shakespeare in their title. Shakespeare is quoted so often, he would require his own list. You'll probably notice that many of these quotes have also been used as song titles and in other mediums.

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A che punto è la notte is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Books with Titles Taken from Literature
Source of title: Book of Isaiah 21:11

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A Confederacy of Dunces is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Books with Titles Taken from Literature
John Kennedy Toole - Source of title: Thoughts on Various Subjects, Moral and Diverting, Jonathan Swift

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A Darkling Plain is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Books with Titles Taken from Literature
Philip Reeve - Source of title: Dover Beach, Matthew Arnold

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A fanatic heart is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Books with Titles Taken from Literature
Edna O'Brien - Source of title: Remorse for Intemperate Speech, William Butler Yeats

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A Glass of Blessings is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Books with Titles Taken from Literature
Barbara Pym - Source of title: The Pulley, George Herbert

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A Handful of Dust is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Books with Titles Taken from Literature
Evelyn Waugh - Source of title: The Waste Land, T. S. Eliot

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A Many-Splendoured Thing is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Books with Titles Taken from Literature
Han Suyin - Source of title: The Kingdom of God, Francis Thompson

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A Monstrous Regiment of Women is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Books with Titles Taken from Literature
Laurie R. King - Source of title: The First Blast of the Trumpet Against the Monstrous Regiment of Women, John Knox

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A Passage to India is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Books with Titles Taken from Literature
E. M. Forster - Source of title: Leaves of Grass, Walt Whitman

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A Swiftly Tilting Planet is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Books with Titles Taken from Literature
Madeleine L'Engle - Source of title: Morning Song of Senlin, Conrad Aiken

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A Time of Gifts is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Books with Titles Taken from Literature
Sir Patrick Leigh Fermor - Source of title: Twelfth night, Louis MacNeice

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A Time to Kill is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Books with Titles Taken from Literature
John Grisham - Source of title: Ecclesiastes 3:3

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Absalom, Absalom! is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Books with Titles Taken from Literature
William Faulkner - Source of title: 2 Samuel 19:4

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After Many a Summer is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Books with Titles Taken from Literature
Aldous Huxley - Source of title: Tithonus, Alfred, Lord Tennyson

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Ah, Wilderness! is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Books with Titles Taken from Literature
Eugene O'Neill - Source of title: Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam, translation Edward FitzGerald

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Alien Corn is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Books with Titles Taken from Literature
Edith L. Tiempo - Source of title: Ode to a Nightingale, John Keats

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All Passion Spent is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Books with Titles Taken from Literature
Vita Sackville-West - Source of title: Samson Agonistes, John Milton

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All the King's Men is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Books with Titles Taken from Literature
Robert Penn Warren - Source of title: Humpty Dumpty

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Alone on a Wide, Wide Sea is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Books with Titles Taken from Literature
Michael Morpurgo - Source of title: The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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An Acceptable Time is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Books with Titles Taken from Literature
Madeleine L'Engle - Source of title: Psalms 66:13

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An evil cradling is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Books with Titles Taken from Literature
Brian Keenan - Source of title: Qur'an 13:18, Arthur John Arberry translation

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An Instant in the Wind is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Books with Titles Taken from Literature
André Brink - Source of title: The Broken Tower, Hart Crane

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Antic Hay is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Books with Titles Taken from Literature
Aldous Huxley - Source of title: Edward II, Christopher Marlowe

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Arms and the man is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Books with Titles Taken from Literature
William Lowther - Source of title: The Aeneid, Virgil

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As I Lay Dying is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Books with Titles Taken from Literature
William Faulkner - Source of title: The Odyssey, Homer

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Behold the Man is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Books with Titles Taken from Literature
Michael Moorcock - Source of title: Gospel of John 19:5

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Beneath the Bleeding is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Books with Titles Taken from Literature
Val McDermid - Source of title: East Coker, T. S. Eliot

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Beyond the Mexique Bay is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Books with Titles Taken from Literature
Aldous Huxley - Source of title: Bermudas, Andrew Marvell

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Blithe Spirit is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Books with Titles Taken from Literature
Noël Coward - Source of title: To a Skylark, Percy Bysshe Shelley

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Blood's a Rover is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Books with Titles Taken from Literature
James Ellroy - Source of title: Reveille, A.E. Housman

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Bonjour Tristesse is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Books with Titles Taken from Literature
Françoise Sagan - Source of title: À Peine Défigurée, Paul Éluard

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Brandy of the damned is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Books with Titles Taken from Literature
Colin Wilson - Source of title: Man and Superman, George Bernard Shaw

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Brave New World is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Books with Titles Taken from Literature
Aldous Huxley - Source of title: The Tempest, William Shakespeare and The Gods of the Copybook Headings, Rudyard Kipling

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Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Books with Titles Taken from Literature
Dee Brown - Source of title: American Names, Stephen Vincent Benét

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Butter In a Lordly Dish is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Books with Titles Taken from Literature
Source of title: Book of Judges 5:25

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Cabbages and kings is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Books with Titles Taken from Literature
O. Henry - Source of title: The Walrus and the Carpenter, Lewis Carroll

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Clouds of Witness is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Books with Titles Taken from Literature
Dorothy L. Sayers - Source of title: Epistle to the Hebrews 12:1

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Consider Phlebas is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Books with Titles Taken from Literature
Iain Banks - Source of title: The Waste Land, T. S. Eliot

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Consider the Lilies is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Books with Titles Taken from Literature
Iain Crichton Smith - Source of title: Gospel of Matthew 6:28

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Cover Her Face is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Books with Titles Taken from Literature
P. D. James - Source of title: The Duchess of Malfi, John Webster

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Dance Dance Dance is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Books with Titles Taken from Literature
Haruki Murakami - Source of title: Death's Echo, W.H. Auden

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Death Be Not Proud is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Books with Titles Taken from Literature
John Gunther - Source of title: Holy Sonnets X, John Donne

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Down to a Sunless Sea is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Books with Titles Taken from Literature
David Graham - Source of title: Kubla Khan, Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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Dulce et Decorum Est is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Books with Titles Taken from Literature
Source of title: Odes iii 2.13, Horace

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Dying of the Light is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Books with Titles Taken from Literature
George R. R. Martin - Source of title: Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night, Dylan Thomas

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East of Eden is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Books with Titles Taken from Literature
John Steinbeck - Source of title: Genesis 4:16

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Ego Dominus Tuus is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Books with Titles Taken from Literature
Source of title: La Vita Nuova Dante

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Endless Night is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Books with Titles Taken from Literature
Agatha Christie - Source of title: Auguries of Innocence William Blake

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Everything is Illuminated is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Books with Titles Taken from Literature
Jonathan Safran Foer - Source of title: The Unbearable Lightness of Being Milan Kundera

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Eyeless in Gaza is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Books with Titles Taken from Literature
Aldous Huxley - Source of title: Samson Agonistes, John Milton