Non-Fiction 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