I have the following sentence from the Time Magazine, which I use as an example sentence on a flashcard:
At its best, Losers is a sluggish, stream-of-concupiscence exposition of what Sartre called nausea.
I want to make clear that the complete title of the book is Beautiful Losers and that the author is Leonard Cohen. I also want to italicise the book title. The result would be as follows:
At its best, [Beautiful] Losers [by Leonard Cohen] is a sluggish, stream-of-concupiscence exposition of what Sartre called nausea.
The combination of italics and square brackets looks a bit awkward to me. Would [Beautiful] Losers be a prefered way in English (I'm not even sure how to do it properly in my native language)? Or do you generally avoid mixing italics with square brackets in this case?