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  • The longest title of a book consists of 26,021 characters, and was achieved by Vityala Yethindra (India) in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, on 20 March 2019. source

  • Daniel Defoe:
    • The Life and Strange Surprizing Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, of York, Mariner: Who Lived Eight and Twenty Years, all alone in an un-inhabited Island on the Coast of America, near the Mouth of the Great River of Oroonoque; Having been Cast on Shore by Shipwreck, wherein all the Men perished but himself with An Account how he was at last as strangely deliver'd by Pyrates.
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    • The Fortunes and Misfortunes of the Famous Moll Flanders, Etc. Who Was Born In Newgate, and During a Life of Continu'd Variety For Threescore Years, Besides Her Childhood, Was Twelve Year a Whore, Five Times a Wife [Whereof Once To Her Own Brother], Twelve Year a Thief, Eight Year a Transported Felon In Virginia, At Last Grew Rich, Liv'd Honest, and Died a Penitent. Written from her own Memorandums.
  • Samuel R. Delany:
    • The novella "Time Considered as a Helix of Semi-Precious Stones". (For the curious, those semi-precious stones are used by the underworld as a sort of universal codeword. The stone is changed periodically - hence the name.)
    • The novel Stars in My Pocket Like Grains of Sand.
    • The story "We, in Some Strange Power's Employ, Move in a Rigorous Line". (Yes, that's the title, not a quote from the story.)
  • Michael Ende:
  • Neil Gaiman:
    • The short story "Forbidden Brides of the Faceless Slaves in the Nameless House in the Night of Dread Desire." This is the short title.
  • E. L. Konigsburg:
  • Nostradamus:
    • His third published work was titled Excellent et Moult utile Opuscule à touts necessaire qui desirent auoir cognoissance de plusiers exquises Receptes.
    • The first English edition of his prophecies was titled THE TRUE PROPHECIES OR PROGNOSTICATIONS OF Michael Nostradamus, PHYSICIAN TO Henry II. Francis II. and Charles IX, KINGS OF FRANCE, And one of the best ASTRONOMERS that ever were.
  • E. V. Rieu wrote a series of poems with titles like "Meditations of a Tortoise Dozing under a Rosetree at Noon while a Dog scampers about and a Cuckoo calls from a distant Wood" and "Soliloquy of a Tortoise on Revisiting the Lettuce Beds after an interval of one Hour while supposed to be sleeping in a clump of blue Hollyhocks"; in each case, the title is longer than the actual poem.
  • Robert Sheckley:
    • "Down the Digestive Tract and Into the Cosmos with Mantra, Tantra, and Specklebang".
    • "Zirn Left Unguarded, the Jenghik Palace in Flames, Jon Westerley Dead". (Yes, that is just one title, not three, despite appearances.)
  • Jonathan Swift:
    • Travels into Several Remote Nations of the World, in Four Parts. By Lemuel Gulliver, First a Surgeon, and then a Captain of several Ships. Nowadays called Gulliver's Travels.
    • A Modest Proposal: For Preventing the Children of Poor People in Ireland from Being a Burden to Their Parents or Country, and for Making Them Beneficial to the Publick.
    • An argument to prove that the abolishing of Christianity in England may, as things now stand, be attended with some inconveniences, and perhaps not produce those many good effects proposed thereby.

  • 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die by Steven Jay Schneider.
  • 1632:
    • In 1634: The Bavarian Crisis, the play chosen to celebrate the wedding of Duke Maximilian to Maria Anna is referred to initially by its short title, Belisarius, Christian General, but Maximilian's sister-in-law Duchess Mechthilde mentally notes the full name of the play is A Tragi-Comedy of the Rise and Fall of Belisarius, Christian General, who Fell from the Highest Happiness of Fame into the Extreme Mockery of Misfortune under Emperor Justinian, about the Year of Christ 530. note 
    • A story in the third Ring of Fire anthology, regarding a siege of a town by the Ottoman Empire, is titled "A Relation of the Late Siege and Taking of the City of Yerevan by the Turk Including an Authentic Narrative of the Death of the Persian Commander and an Account of the Destruction Wrought by Terrible New Engines of War".
  • Actes and Monuments of these latter and perilous dayes, touching matters of the Church, wherein are comprehended and described the great persecution and horrible troubles that have bene wrought and practised by the Romishe Prelates, speciallye in this Realme of England and Scotlande, from the yeare of our Lorde a thousande, unto the time nowe present by John Foxe. Generally referred to as "Foxe's Book of Martyrs" for short.
  • Harlan Ellison's story, "Adrift Just Off the Islets of Langerhans: Latitude 38° 54' N, Longitude 77° 00' 13" W".
  • Joyce Carol Oates' novel After the wreck, I picked myself up, spread my wings, and flew away.
  • A 1615 book about astrologer Cosimo Ruggieri and a contemporary was called The Appalling Story of Two Magicians Strangled by the Devil in Paris During Holy Week.
  • The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford by Ron Hansen.
  • JG Ballard's short story "The Assassination of John Fitzgerald Kennedy Considered As a Downhill Motor Race".
  • The Book of Lies, which is also falsely called Breaks is a pretty okay example, but it takes the biscuit with chapter 77, the title of which is nineteen (or twenty, depending upon how you count it) times longer than the chapter itself. This is, of course, extremely significant.
  • Brown Girl in the Ring
  • Captain Underpants and the Invasion of the Incredibly Naughty Cafeteria Ladies from Outer Space (and the Subsequent Assault of the Equally Evil Lunchroom Zombie Nerds) by Dav Pilkey. Two books later, when Harold recalls the events of that book, George asks "You mean the one with the annoyingly long title?"
  • James Carter's poetry book Cars Stars Electric Guitars has a poem listed in the table of contents as "An Attempt at the World Record". It is an invoking of this trope. The poem itself is a mere eleven words long, lamenting its own brevity. The full title:
    An Attempt at the World Record for the Poem That has the Most Long and Boring Title That Just Goes on and on and on for Ever and Ever and Ever and so Much so That it Seems That There Probably Won't Be a Book Big Enough for the Title Let Alone the Poem, But No, Only Joking, Here it is, the Moment You've Been Waiting for, That Little Poem
  • D. G. Compton wrote a science fiction novel succinctly titled Chronocules (sic). However, his British publisher didn't think the title was memorable enough and renamed it Hot Wireless Sets, Aspirin Tablets, the Sandpaper Sides of Used Matchboxes, and Something that Might have Been Castor Oil.
  • John Hodgman's Complete World Knowledge trilogy:
    • An Almanac of Complete World Knowledge Compiled with Instructive Annotation and Arranged in Useful Order by myself, John Hodgman, a Professional Writer, in The Areas of My Expertise, which Include: Matters Historical, Matters Literary, Matters Cryptozoological, Hobo Matters, Food, Drink & Cheese (a Kind of Food), Squirrels & Lobsters & Eels, Haircuts, Utopia, What Will Happen in the Future, and Most Other Subjects.
    • For your Consideration, The Firms of Dutton & Riverhead Books of New York City, Publishers of Ken Follett, Darin Strauss, David Rees, and the RZA, Present in the English Language: A Further Compendium of Complete World Knowledge in "The Areas of My Expertise" Assembled and Illumined by Me, John Hodgman, A Famous Minor Television Personality* , Offering More Information Than You Require On subjects as Diverse As: The Past (As There Is Always More of it), The Future (As There is Still Some Left), All of the Presidents of the United States, The Secrets of Hollywood, Gambling, The Sport of the Asthmatic Man (Including Hermit-Crab Racing), Strange Encounters with Aliens, How to Buy a Computer, How to Cook an Owl, And Most Other Subjects, Plus: Answers To Your Questions Posed via Electronic Mail, And: 700 Mole-Man Names, Including Their Occupations.
      * "Formerly a Former Professional Literary Agent and Professional Writer, AKA "The Deranged Millionaire''"
    • As Long Threatened and Longer Postponed, Herein you Will Find: A Third Compendium ("Tri-Pendium") of Complete World Knowledge, Now and Finally Complete, As Set Down by Me, A Former Professional Literary Writer; A Former Former Professional Literary Agent; A Minor Television Personality Who Is Arguably Still Famous In Some Circles; and ... A Current DERANGED MILLONAIRE, Who Is Known In Your Language as JOHN HODGMAN Simultaneously Covering and Uncovering Such Previously Un-touched-upon Subjects As... The Practice and Pronunciation of "Oenophilia"; The Ancient Teachings of The Americanomicon; The Meaning of your Dreams; Gentleman Criminals; How Boats Work; How To Raise Sperm Wales; The Secrets of The Master Magicians; How To Finally Become Happy and Wealthy As A Deranged Millionaire Before The Coming Global Super-Collapse and The End of Human Civilization, aka "Ragnarok"; Plus: Sports! As Well As Most Other Subjects, At Last In Such Sufficiency As To Report: THAT IS ALL
  • Among the books professional wrestler George Hackenschmidt wrote while in retirement were Consciousness and Character: True Definitions of Entity, Individuality, Personality, Nonentity and The Three Memories and Forgetfulness: What They Are and What Their True Significance is in Human Life.
  • The Coyote Kings Of The Space Age Bachelor Pad by Minister Faust.
  • Dealing, or the Berkeley-to-Boston Forty-Brick Lost-Bag Blues by Michael Crichton and Douglas Crichton.
  • Jean-Pierre Dufreigne's novel Le dernier amour d'Aramis, ou les vrais Mémoires du chevalier René d'Herblay, qui devint évêque de Vannes, duc d'Alameda, Grand d'Espagne, ambassadeur de Sa Majesté Très Catholique, Préposé général des Jésuites, et fut mousquetaire du Roi de France dans la compagnie de M. de Tréville sous le nom d'Aramis. It's an unofficial sequel to The Vicomte de Bragelonne.
  • The Encyclopedia Exposita in The Dinosaur Lords is titled A Primer to Paradise For the Improvement of Young Minds.
  • In the introduction to one edition of The Discworld Companion, Terry Pratchett refers to his research involving reading Victorian books with titles so long that there is a refreshment stand at the half-way point.
  • Don't Tell Mum I Work on the Rigs, She Thinks I'm a Piano Player in a Whorehouse, a memoir by Paul Carter.
  • Dora Wilk Series:
    • Didn't Mama Tell You Not to Play With the Dead?
    • After Rain, Every Wolf Smells of a Wet Dog
  • A 2010 Swedish novel by Eli Levén has the title Du är rötterna som sover vid mina fötter och håller jorden på plats (Eng. 'You are the roots that sleep by my feet and keep the soil/earth in place').
  • The best-known French Book Of Shadows, the Encyclopedia, sported the title Encyclopédie, ou dictionnaire raisonné des science, des arts et des métiers, par une société de gens de lettres.
  • "An Essay on the Principle of Population, as it affects the Future Improvement of Society with remarks on the Speculations of Mr. Godwin, M. Condorcet, and Other Writers." by Thomas Malthus.
  • Thomas Percival's A Father's Instructions; Consisting of Moral Tales, Fables, and Reflections; Designed to Promote The Love of Virtue, a Taste for Knowledge, And an Early Acquaintance with the Works of Nature.
  • The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M Valente. Chapter titles also follow this trope, with the first chapter's title, for example, being "Exeunt On A Leopard: In Which A Girl Named September Is Spirited Off by Means of a Leopard, Learns the Rules of Fairyland, and Solves a Puzzle." The rest of the books in the series have similar titles.
  • In case you want to follow every rule in the Bible, there's A Handbook of Bible Law: An Indexed Guide to over 1500 Biblical Laws, Commandments, Statutes, Principles, Admonishments, Exhortations, and Guidelines Under 22 Different Subject Headings by Charles A. Weisman.
  • In Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, when Hermione Granger creates the Society for the Promotion of Elfish Welfare to help house-elves, she initially calls it Stop the Outrageous Abuse of Our Fellow Magical Creatures and Campaign for a Change in their Legal Status. Realizing that this won't fit on a badge, she instead makes it the heading of her manifesto. Later in the novel, in complaining about the fact that Hogwarts: A History never once mentions that there are over 100 house-elves working at Hogwarts without pay, she suggests a couple of alternate titles for the book, one of them being A Highly Biased and Selective History of Hogwarts Which Glosses Over the Nastier Aspects of the School.
  • "The History of the Adventures of Joseph Andrews and of his Friend Mr. Abraham Adams" by Henry Fielding, one of the first English novels.
  • The Homestar Runner Enters the Strongest Man in the World Contest
  • The Horace and Morris (with Dolores) picture books by James Howe and Amy Walrod follow this format. The premiere installment, Horace and Morris but Mostly Dolores, isn't too bad. However, latter installments are Horace and Morris Join the Chorus (But What About Dolores?) and Horace and Morris Say Cheese (Which Makes Dolores Sneeze!)
  • While House of Leaves itself is not an example, some of the fictitious references cites in its footnotes qualify, e.g. Women Who Can't Love: When a Woman's Fear Makes Her Run from Commitment and What a Smart Man Can Do About It.
  • How Hedley Hopkins Did a Dare, robbed a grave, made a new friend who might not have really been there at all, and while he was at it committed a terrible sin which everyone was doing even though he didn't know it by Paul Jennings.
  • Carl Sandburg's "The Huckabuck Family: And How they Raised Popcorn in Nebraska and Quit and Came Back", usually referred to as simply "The Huckabuck Family" for short.
  • The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson.
  • I Am a Genius of Unspeakable Evil and I Want to Be Your Class President, by Josh Leib.
  • I, Claudius, From the Autobiography of Tiberius Claudius Born 10 B.C. Murdered and Deified A.D. 54 by Robert Graves, which is usually shortened to I, Claudius.
  • Adam Smith's An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations.
  • Joel on Software: And on Diverse and Occasionally Related Matters That Will Prove of Interest to Software Developers, Designers, and Managers, and to Those Who, Whether by Good Fortune or Ill Luck, Work with Them in Some Capacity by IT entrepreneur and blogger Joel Spolsky.
  • Joe's World by Eric Flint and Richard Roach: Forward the Mage plays this one for laughs; a part of the book has nothing but titles (some several pages long) for chapters.
  • The full title for Robert Louis Stevenson's novel Kidnapped is Kidnapped: Being Memoirs of the Adventures of David Balfour in the Year 1751: How he was Kidnapped and Cast away, his Sufferings in a Desert Isle; his Journey in the Wild Highlands; his acquaintance with Alan Breck Stewart and other notorious Highland Jacobites; with all that he Suffered at the hands of his Uncle, Ebenezer Balfour of Shaws, falsely so-called: Written by Himself and now set forth by Robert Louis Stevenson.
  • Latawnya, the Naughty Horse, Learns to Say "No" to Drugs, by Sylvia Scott Gibson.
  • In 1809 one J. Drakard wrote a book called The life of that wonderful and extraordinary heavy man, the late Danl. Lambert, from his birth to the moment of his dissolution, with an account of men noted for their corpulency, and other interesting matter.
  • "Lines on the Antiquity of Microbes", also known by the short title "Fleas", by Strickland Gillilan, which follows in its entirety:
    Had 'em.
  • "The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Runner", a short story by Alan Sillitoe.
  • The Lord of the Rings is not a long title, but it represents an abbreviation of its In-Universe counterpart, the Red Book, whose title is The Downfall of the Lord of the Rings and the Return of the King (as seen by the Little People; being the memoirs of Bilbo and Frodo of the Shire, supplemented by the accounts of their friends and the learning of the Wise.) Together with extracts from Books of Lore translated by Bilbo in Rivendell.
  • As the full title is some 6,931 words (42521 characters) long, Mark Leach's Marienbad My Love shall simply be referred to by its "condensed title".
  • The Master Key: An Electrical Fairy Tale Founded upon the Mysteries of Electricity and the Optimism of Its Devotees. It Was Written for Boys, but Others May Read It.''
  • There's nothing pithy about the eighteen-syllable long title of A Million Random Digits With 100,000 Normal Deviates, which is more of a sentence than a proper name for something.
  • The Kenneth Patchen poem "The Murder of Two Men by a Young Kid Wearing Lemon Colored Gloves" consists entirely of two unique words: wait and now.
  • The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey: in-universe example - Sticky, who is notoriously long-winded, writes up a dull account of the events of the first book, which he titles The Mysterious Benedict Society's Defeat of the Terrible Brainsweeping Machine Called the Whisperer (along with its inventor, Ledroptha Curtain, who was revealed to be the long-lost identical twin of Nicholas Benedict, for whom the Society is named): A Personal Account.
  • Brian J Ford's 1973 non-fiction book whose short title is Nonscience (it's a sort of 1970s forerunner to Bad Science) has the full title: Nonscience and the Pseudotransmogrificationalific Egocentrified Reorientational Proclivities Inherently Intracorporated In Expertistical Cerebrointellectualised Redeploymentation with Special Reference to Quasi-Notional Fashionistic Normativity, The Indoctrinationalistic Methodological Modalities and Scalar Socio-Economic Promulgationary Improvementalisationalism Predelineated Positotaxically Toward Individualistified Mass-Acceptance Gratificationalistic Securipermanentalisationary Professionism, or How To Rule The World. The title is sending up the sort of quasi-scientific language used by "experts" with nothing useful to contribute - which are the book's main target.
  • Charles Osgood's Nothing Could Be Finer Than a Crisis That Is Minor in the Morning.
  • T. S. Eliot's poem "Of the Awefull Battle of the Pekes and the Pollicles Together with some Account of the Participation of the Pugs and the Poms, and the Intervention of the Great Rumpuscat", from Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats.
  • Hungarian writer István Örkény's "One minute stories" parodies this in one of its stories, consisting of a hilariously long title and a two-word sentence.
  • Soren Kierkegaard's doctoral thesis, "On the Concept of Irony with Continual Reference to Socrates".
  • Mary Soon Lee's super-short story "On the Irritating Tendency of the Tau Cetians to Indulge in Ever More Verbose Titles for Their Cross-Dimensional, Cross-Species Romances, Inevitably Entailing the Listing of at Least a Dozen Characters with Unpronounceable Names (One of Whom Will Invariably be an E-Eridanian Whose Association with the Other Characters is as Improbable as it is Brief), Together with the Major and Minor Genders of Those Characters, Not to Mention the Names and Ages of Any of Their Offspring Still Attached in the Bud, as well as the Birth Planets and Dietary Preferences of the Characters (Particular Attention Being Given to the Bizarrely Gory Eating Habits of the Hyper-Carnivorous E-Eridanian - This being the Primary Reason for Including a Member of Such a Belligerent Species in the First Place), and Often Also Containing Unsavory and Detailed Descriptions of the Numerous Pungent Odors Produced in Moments of Single or Multiplexed Passion". Also counts as an in-universe example.
  • On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life, also known as The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin.
  • Everyone should be at least familiar with Percy Bysshe Shelley's poem Ozymandias best known for the lines, "My name is Ozymandias, king of kings: Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!" Less familiar is the fact that Shelley wrote it as something of a competition with a friend of his, Horace Smith. Smith's poem, on the same subject, was printed in the next month's issue of the magazine in which Shelley's was, and initially also titled Ozymandias. However after that initial publication, Smith decided to rename it to On A Stupendous Leg of Granite, Discovered Standing by Itself in the Deserts of Egypt, with the Inscription Inserted Below. Note that at 20 words, the title is just over 1/5 the length of the 99-word poem itself. (Title aside, it's a pretty good poem.)
  • And the likely second longest: Davide Ciliberti's Per favore dite a mia madre che faccio il pubblicitario... note note  (Ironically, the book itself is just 64 pages long.)
  • Please Don't Tell My Parents I'm a Supervillain and its sequels, Please Don't Tell My Parents I Blew Up the Moon and Please Don't Tell My Parents I've Got Henchmen.
  • Princesses of the Pizza Parlor: Usually the titles are about 5 words long:
    • Princesses Are Never Lost: (Everything Else Is Simply Misplaced)
    • Pasta and Penalties: The Redemption of Princess Isabel #1
  • James Hogg's "The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner: Written by Himself. With a detail of curious traditionary facts and other evidence by the editor."
  • Immanuel Kant's guidebook to his own Critique of Pure Reason is called Prolegomena to Any Future Metaphysics that Will Be Able to Present Itself as Science (Prolegomena zu einer jeden künftigen Metaphysik die als Wissenschaft wird auftreten können).
  • The Roots of the Mountains: Wherein is Told Somewhat of the Lives of the Men of Burgdale, Their Friends, Their Neighbors, Their Foemen, and Their Fellows in Arms by William Morris.
  • Satan: His Psychotherapy and Cure by the Unfortunate Dr. Kessler, J.S.P.S.* by Jeremy Leven in 1982.note 
  • The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel by Michael Scott, although that's just the series name and individual books in it have Definite Article Title-type of the Idiosyncratic Episode Naming of two words in the form, "The [Job Title]".
  • Quite probably the longest title ever: Nigel Tomm's Selected Works of Nigel Tomm (2006/2007)...note 
  • Slaughterhouse-five, or, The children's crusade : a duty-dance with death by Kurt Vonnegut, a fourth-generation German-American now living in easy circumstances on Cape Cod (and smoking too much), who, as an American infantry scout hors de combat, as a prisoner of war, witnessed the fire-bombing of Dresden, Germany, "The Florence of the Elbe," a long time ago, and survived to tell the tale. This is a novel somewhat in the telegraphic schizophrenic manner of tales of the planet Tralfamadore, where the flying saucers come from. Peace.
  • Shirley Jackson authored a poem entitled "Song for all editors, writers, theorists, political economists, idealists, communists, liberals, reactionaries, bruce bliven, marxist critics, reasoners, and postulators, any and all splinter groups, my father, religious fanatics, political fanatics, men on the street, fascists, ernest hemingway, all army members and advocates of military training, not excepting those too old to fight, the r.o.t.c. and the boy scouts, walter winchell, the terror organizations, vigilantes, all senate committees and my husband." The poem is here reproduced in its entirety:
    I would not drop dead from the lack of you—
    My cat has more brains than the pack of you.
  • Science Fiction writer Connie Willis had a humorous short story named "The Soul Selects Her Own Society: Invasion and Repulsion: A Chronological Reinterpretation of Two of Emily Dickinson's Poems: A Wellsian Perspective". Yes, that's not one, not two, but three colons.
  • The Story of a Shipwrecked Sailor: Who Drifted on a Liferaft for Ten Days Without Food or Water, Was Proclaimed a National Hero, Kissed by Beauty Queens, Made Rich Through Publicity, and Then Spurned by the Government and Forgotten for All Time by Gabriel García Márquez, who also wrote One Hundred Years of Solitude.
  • Henry Darger (1892-1973) was a reclusive artist who'd been brought up in an institution for the "feeble-minded". He worked as a janitor in several Chicago hospitals. Upon his death in 1973, his apartment was being cleared out. Among all the clutter, there was found Darger's lifework; diaries, scrapbooks, and a manuscript, fifty years in the making, 15,145 pages long, with hundreds of illustrations. The title was The Story of the Vivian Girls, in What Is Known as the Realms of the Unreal, of the Glandeco-Angelinian War Storm Caused by the Child Slave Rebellion.
  • The Story of the Youth Who Went Forth to Learn What Fear Was, a fairy tale.
  • "A table alphabeticall conteyning and teaching the true writing, and vnderstanding of hard vsuall English wordes, borrowed from the Hebrew, Greeke, Latine, or French, &c. With the interpretation thereof by plaine English words, gathered for the benefit & helpe of ladies, gentlewomen, or any other vnskilfull persons. Whereby they may the more easilie and better vnderstand many hard English wordes, vvhich they shall heare or read in scriptures, sermons, or elswhere, and also be made able to vse the same aptly themselues", the first English dictionary.
  • The magnum opus of a crank socio-biologist named Lanz von Leibenfals was titled Theozoology, or the Accounts of the Apes of Sodom and the Divine Election - An Introduction into the Earliest and the Most Modern World Philosophy and a Justification for the Orders of Princes and the Aristocracy.
  • Threadbare: The second and third books:
    • Sew You Want to be a Hero
    • The Right to Arm Bears
  • This Book Is Full of Spiders: Seriously, Dude, Don't Touch It
  • David Moser's "This Is the Title of This Story, Which Is Also Found Several Times in the Story Itself", a story made of self-referential sentences. And sentence fragments.
  • Parodied with To Be or Not To Be: That Is the Adventure's Show Within a Show (or, rather, book-within-a-book), The Murder of Gonzago: A "The Adventure Is Being Chosen By You" Story! Can You Murder Your Brother Gonzago and Then, Playing as Your Dead Brother's Son, Murder Your Usurping Uncle? I Sure Hope So; Choose From Over 300 Different Possible Endings.
  • John O'Farrell's An Utterly Impartial History of Britain: or 2000 years of Upper-Class Idiots In Charge.
  • The Utterly Utterly Merry Comic Relief Christmas Book, ed. Douglas Adams.
  • Noted abolitionist David Walker published Walker's Appeal, in Four Articles; Together with a Preamble, to the Coloured Citizens of the World, but in Particular, and Very Expressly, to Those of the United States of America, Written in Boston, State of Massachusetts, September 28, 1829. Most historians usually shorten it to "Walker's Appeal" or "Walker's Appeal to the Coloured Citizens of the World".
  • We Wish To Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed With Our Families. The title is taken from a letter written by Rwandan Tutsis rightly fearing for their lives and pleading for help against the Hutus.
  • Adolf Hitler's infamous Mein Kampf originally had the title of "Viereinhalb Jahre (des Kampfes) gegen Lüge, Dummheit und Feigheit", or in English, "Four and a Half Years (of Struggle) against Lies, Stupidity and Cowardice".
  • Winner-Take-All Politics: How Washington Made the Rich Richer — And Turned Its Back on the Middle Class by Jacob S. Hacker and Paul Pierson.
  • A poem called "The Word 'Fuck' Written Seventeen Times and then an Ampersand".
  • The full title of South Carolina's declaration that it was seceding was, "Declaration of the Immediate Causes Which Induce and Justify the Secession of South Carolina from the Federal Union." Historians often just call it the South Carolina Declaration of Secession for obvious reasons.
  • A 1962 scientific paper written by a botanist named Reid Moran was actually titled, "Cneoridium dumosum (Nuttall) Hooker F. Collected March 26, 1960, at an Elevation of about 1450 Meters on Cerro Quemazón, 15 Miles South of Bahía de Los Angeles, Baja California, México, Apparently for a Southeastward Range Extension of Some 140 Miles". The actual content of the article was just, I got it there then (8068).


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