Tom DeMarco and Timothy Lister are two authors of Peopleware. When talking or writing about the book, do I have to write:

Have you read Tom DeMarco and Timothy Lister's Peopleware?


Have you read Tom DeMarco's and Timothy Lister's Peopleware?

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    Probably the first form, and consider dropping the first names. "Have you read DeMarco and Lister's Peopleware?" Oct 14, 2015 at 10:06
  • Can you please expand on this in a form of an answer? Also, your remark about dropping first names is interesting: indeed, I've usually seen sentences like this using family names only. What is the reason? Oct 14, 2015 at 10:08
  • Probably just brevity, and to show that the speaker is very familiar with a work. It's very common when discussing literature - "have you read much Tolstoy?" Oct 14, 2015 at 10:10
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    @RegDwigнt: on the other hand, according to the duplicate: “if possession is joint, only the last possessor has possessive inflection”. As I understand it, in a case of a book, the possession is joint. The situation would be different if I was talking about books written by DeMarco and, at the same time, books written by Lister. Oct 14, 2015 at 12:03


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