John Heaton (jheaton) wrote,
John Heaton

Books of poetry

A couple of weeks ago, I mentioned a couple of books whose titles were drawn from consecutive lines of poetry: By the Pricking of My Thumbs by Agatha Christie, and Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury. I asked if anyone could think of other examples, and ebrookeb stepped up with Sidney Sheldon's The Best Laid Plans and John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men, which in turn made me think of a possible candidate, which an search confirmed: Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe and The Center Cannot Hold by Elyn Sacks.

Anyway, tonight I was watching a repeat of the third series Doctor Who episode "The Lazarus Experiment," and I heard the Doctor quote a line from T. S. Eliot's "The Hollow Men," and it struck me that there was possibly another title pairing to be found there in. Two amazon searches later, I confirmed it: Between the Motion and the Act by Melanie E. Williams and Falls the Shadow by William Lashner. And, for that matter, This Is the Way the World Ends by James Morrow and Not With a Bang but a Whimper by Robert A. Levine.

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