Why Not Catch-21?: The Stories Behind the Titles

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Frances Lincoln, 2007 - Literary Collections - 238 pages
22 Reviews
Focusing on 50 well-known pieces of literature that have literally inexplicable titles, Why Not Catch-21? is an expansion of Gary Dexter's long-running Sunday Telegraph column.What was Wordsworth's Prelude a prelude to? Why A Clockwork Orange and not A Robot Banana? Who was the original Jeeves? Each of the 50 chapters in Why Not Catch-21? presents a bite-sized piece of literary history that looks at the origins of one of the great titles of world literature, with intriguing details of the work's genesis and its composition.

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Review: Why Not Catch-21?: The Stories Behind the Titles

User Review  - Dan Smith - Goodreads

I can't remember who recommended this book to me. It must have been the author or a friend of his, because it's a fairly shallow dive into a seemingly random array of books, many of which I've never ... Read full review

Review: Why Not Catch-21?: The Stories Behind the Titles

User Review  - Ian Laird - Goodreads

Gary Dexter is a very good literary detective. Example: Herman Melville's Moby Dick is based on a real whale called Mocha Dick, an albino sperm whale frequently sighted near the island of Mocha off ... Read full review

About the author (2007)

GARY DEXTER (U.K.) is a journalist for the Sunday Telegraph, the Spectator and the Guardian.

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