I don't understand the significance of the title. Maybe I just forgot the passage where its importance is explainined, but I just don't get it.
I think it means don't try.
Good point. I would assume that was a conscious marketing decision, considering that Martin was of the opinion that novels, not poetry, are what make a writer well-known.Btw. have you ever realized, that while Buk had these tremendous titles for all his books of poetry and short-prose, when it comes to his novels, they never seem to be very elaborated or witty.
Btw. have you ever realized, that while Buk had these tremendous titles for all his books of poetry and short-prose, when it comes to his novels, they never seem to be very elaborated or witty. (Post Office, Women, Hollywood, Pulp, even Factotum - on this one he said he had no idea for a title and just flipped through a dictionary to find one.) I think 'Ham on Rye' is by far the most POETIC title among his novels.
He definitely named his early books. There are a lot of letters to the Webbs where he tosses out title possibilities for both books. He took It Catches My Heart In Its Hands from a Jeffers poem, and said he was sure he wanted to use it even if they weren't crazy about it.I'm pretty sure that I read in one of the books of letters, where Buk told someone that John Martin picked the names of his books of poetry. or maybe that Buk sent numerous suggestions.( this may have been the case with loujon too?)
Incidentally, he wrote that his favourite title of all time was Confessions of a man insane enough to live with beast... "But I threw that one away on a little mimeo mag".
A title ran through my brain: Bible for the Disenchanted. No, no good. I remembered some of the best titles. I mean, of other writers. Bow Down to Wood and Stone. Great title, lousy writer. Notes from the Underground. Great title. Great writer. Also, The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter. Carson McCullers, a very underrated writer. Of all my dozens of titles the one I liked best was Confessions of a Man Insane Enough to Live with Beasts. But I blew that one away on a little mimeo pamphlet. Too bad.
benjamin319 you're so right. Everyone should have read the book before commenting. Allow me to apologize on behalf of everyone. We're sorry, it won't happen again.
I'll have to pick up a copy of the book. Who did you say published it, HarperCollins? Thank you.