Archive for November 1st, 2012

What’s in a name?

My favourite title of any novel is this:

The Fortunes and Misfortunes of the Famous Moll Flanders, &c. 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.

This title is usually shorted to Moll Flanders, and that’s a bit of a shame. I’d love to see an edition that prints the full title on the cover.