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Why doesn't "The Screwtape Letters" have the Saxon genitive in its title?

I was recently asked a question regarding the book "The Screwtape Letters" by C.S. Lewis, and I am not sure about the answer. The title of the novel does not contain the Saxon genitive "...
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What does "companion" mean in a book's title?

In the title of book The Cambridge Companion to Philosophical Methodology, does "companion" mean this books is a complement to another book? Bing's dictionary says: Companion ... one of a ...
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Term for resonance between Author and Title

Often books will have title that is a pun on the author's name or in anonymous works a euonymous nom-de-plume. Sometimes in scholarly works the title unironically reflects an author's aptronymic ...
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Which one is more correct, "White-eye Man" or “White-Eye Man”?

My son loves a kind of bird called white-eyes, very much. He wants to call a character in his storybook 'white-eye man,' similar to 'spider man' or iron man. He also wants to use the name as his book'...
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Is the book title "God versus gods" grammatically incorrect?

I wrote a book entitled God versus Gods which depicts the struggle between the One God of Jewish Monotheism and the multiplicity of gods in the pagan/polytheistic ancient world. The prevailing rule in ...
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Should one italicise an italicised phase within a book title?

In UK/Commonwealth styles, is there a generally accepted convention for whether or not one italicises or renders roman an italicised phrase within the title of a book? My specific example, which may ...
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Biospheric Superabundance: Subscending the Agri-Logistical. Epistemologically-Ontological Anthropocentris [closed]

I was just watching CBC. They had a rerun of This Hour Has 22 Minutes. I think the original aired Oct 30 2017. On the show, a lady is promoting a book entitled: "Biospheric Superabundance: ...
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Is There a Word of Phrase that denotes the ending of a never ending conflict?

The idea is that there is a contest, or a battle, between two opponents that are so equally matched, so eternally against each other, that they end up both destroyed. But this doesn't happen until all ...
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What is The Meaning of "Single digit body"? [closed]

I am reading a book: "A Man Called Ove". in the first chapter I face with this sentence:"The assistant, a young man with a single-digit body mass index, looks ill at ease." would you please explain ...
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Why does this title sound wrong?

I was asked to review a book, titled "The Phenomena in [kind of physics]". I responded that the leading "The" should be removed from the title. However, when the author, a non-native speaker, asked me ...
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Are chapter headings and other semantically smaller parts as the title capitalized?

I found the question Which words in a title should be capitalized? Regarding the number of answers votes and also according to my personal taste I like to capitalize titles. But what exactly are ...
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How should Samuel Beckett's French "En attendant Godot" be capitalized in MLA?

Wikipedia capitalizes the title of Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot as En attendant Godot in its original French version, which is how the title of the play is originally typeset. However, according ...
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Does the orthography of a book title matter? [closed]

In a comment I mentioned a book by its cover title name, "programming the Z80". That is also the title used on the inside front cover. However, both the spine of the book and back cover refer to it ...
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"Speaking Likenesses" - what does the title mean?

"Speaking likenesses" is a little-known book by Christina Rossetti, published in the late 19th century. It was never reprinted and I haven't managed to get a copy, but it's supposed to be inspired by "...
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Where/when did the use of "I," in story titles begin? Ex: (I, Robot, and I, Frankenstein)

For awhile I've noticed that there have frequently been different stories in different mediums, but especially in literature, where the title begins with "I," followed by a noun or name. I was ...
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Book Title With Exclamation Mark Followed by a comma

I was wondering if the following sentence is written correct for an essay: From 1607 to 1700, according to Eric Foner in his book Give Me Liberty!, over half a million people migrated to America ...
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Putting a title in quotes -- is it still italicized?

When referencing the title of something (which is normally italicized) in quotes, is it written like this: David Guggenheim uses the title "Waiting for Superman" or like this? David Guggenheim ...
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Help with CD title for Swedish historical society

I would be very grateful for some help with this title for a CD. "Andrew & Elsa Peterson – the genuine pioneer story" The CD issuers from a historical society want to put the above as title. I'...
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Should I write Orwell's '1984' in full? [closed]

Should I write 'Nineteen Eighty-Four', when discussing George Orwell's novel in an essay, or '1984'? Is it considered unconventional, or overly colloquial to use the latter form? This question ...
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How to correctly capitalize words inside of brackets/parentheses in article names and book titles?

How do I correctly capitalize words inside of brackets/parentheses in names and titles? A few examples: Captain America (untold stories) Captain America (Untold Stories) Madonna (written by E. Cales ...
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Meaning of the full title of Darwin's "On the origin of species"

The full title of Darwin's work "On the origin of species" is: "On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life&...
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In the book "Charlotte's Web," or In the book "Charlotte's Web",? [duplicate]

When stating a book title, is the comma before or after the quotations?
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Is it OK to omit one "the" if there are two in the title of a book/story?

This is the title of a short story I'm writing: The Sunday Earthquake and the Red Planet in the Sky I don't know why, but I think it reads better if I remove of the "thes": Sunday Earthquake ...
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Formatting a Title of a Book within a Book

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 ...
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Confusion about book title capitalization [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Which words in a title should be capitalized? Why are some book titles written with all letters in all words capitalized, while others choose to capitalize some words in the ...
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How can I express this, "When sword emitted fire" [closed]

I have to decide a title, I want to convey of the idea of a legendary sword which emits fire/ befalling curse on the enemies. I want a more impressive word for emitted. And also I need a "when" so I ...
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Meaning of "cookbook" in title of instructional book

I see many instructional books where the title of the book includes cookbook! What is the meaning of cookbook in this situation? Example: Python Testing Cookbook.
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"Play it as it lays" or "play it as it lies"

The title of Joan Didion's book Play It as It Lays has thrown me off since I first heard it. Shouldn't it be Play It as It Lies? I have read through a related post on the subject of lay vs. lie and ...
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How do I style book titles in a block of italicized text?

Book titles, among others, are commonly written in italics. She had read this quote in Pride and Prejudice. But what should I do if a title appears in a block of text that is already italicized, ...
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Through a Glass, Clearly / A Scanner Darkly / In a Mirror, Darkly / etc

I've seen a pattern in a couple of titles. Asimov has a book called "Through a Glass, Clearly". Philip Dick wrote "A Scanner Darkly". Star Trek has the episode "In a Mirror, Darkly" Agatha Christy ...
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What does the phrase "DV-Undefined" and the phrase "DV-MPS General" mean in book titles

I'm looking at a couple of books on Amazon and the they have some weird parts in the title. see:
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Please explain "I Am America (And So Can You!)"

As a non-native speaker, I found Stephen Colbert’s book title I Am America (And So Can You!) a little hard to dissect. Why so can you? Why isn’t it So Are You? What’s the full phrase that And So Can ...
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