How do I refer to a book-in-a-book?

Which of the following is correct? (as my own writing)

Monte Becket is famous for Martin Blight.

Monte Becket is famous for "Martin Blight."

Monte Becket is famous for "Martin Blight."

  • This is the general referenciest thing ever. easybib.com/reference/guide/mla/book
    – Jeremy
    Jul 22 '13 at 20:23
  • Your link doesn't quite cover the OP's request. If he is writing a paper or an essay then I would agree that the format suggested is ideal. But in this instance the example sentence seems to suggest a more informal, and less academic approach.
    – Mari-Lou A
    Jul 22 '13 at 20:30

When writing the name of a book or a film, it's usually set in italics. The fact that you yourself are writing a book, or that the name is fictional, makes no difference to the name of the book you are quoting. I could write in an answer on ELU

Charles Dickens is famous for Little Dorrit,

and it's exactly analogous to what you are doing in your book.

Just set it in italics.

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