Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Dizzies quiz

In the fizzy comment section of last Tuesday's post, Dizzyheads responded to my heartstring-tugging praise of Dalkey Archive Press. The enigmatic S., discussing the work of David Markson, wrote:

Love S's P. Love also the B of DM. Have read everything EXCEPT W's M. (Why?)

"S's P" stands for Springer's Progress. "W's M" equals Wittgenstein's Mistress. "B" likely refers to Reader's Block.

What other writers give their books such syntactically uniform titles? (One author immediately comes to mind—but I'm interested to hear what you come up with.)


Blogger Thomas Beard said...

Hmm...well if you go with the original French I guess there's Genet. Lots of possesive titles, such and such of this, blank of that, and so on.

Notre Dames des Fleurs
Miracle de la Rose
Journal du Vouleur

11:59 AM  
Blogger ed halter said...

L. Frank Baum?

12:02 PM  
Blogger jane said...

Bobby Ludlum, rather obviously.

3:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dispensing with mysteries (The Clue of the Broken Locket, etc.) there's Jane Austen and then Ivy Compton-Burnett, Henry Green. Thomas Bernhard does it a lot, usually a bare noun phrase followed by genre-implying subtitle:

Auslöschung : ein Zerfall
Der Atem : eine Entscheidung
Die Kälte : eine Isolation
Die Ursache : eine Andeutung
Der Keller : eine Entziehung
Der Kulterer : Eine Filmgeschichte
Watten : ein Nachlass
Holzfällen : eine Erregung

And so on.

7:25 PM  
Blogger Ed said...

Yeah! Bernhard!

And Green's titles are maybe the "purest" example? Loving, Doting, Nothing, etc., and (best title?) Party-Going!

10:21 PM  
Blogger S. said...

The B of DM = The Ballad of Dingus Magee!

1:08 PM  
Blogger Ed said...


5:12 PM  

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