or, is this part something besides a subtitle?
October 24, 2012 5:52 PM Subscribe
Is there a name for that Victorian(?) thing where a work, usually a novel, has a second, alternate title?
posted by brennen to media & arts (10 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
I'm thinking specifically of the thing that'll show up on a title page like
or Adventures Most Perilous
Being the tale of etc. etc.
Sometimes it's all on one line. I'm pretty sure I've seen it parodied as much as used in earnest, and it seems weird now that I'm blanking on real examples. I'm pretty sure there are books on my shelves that do this, I just don't know which at the moment.
Does this phenomenon have a name? If so, when was it actually a common practice? Any idea why?
This seems like one of those things that ought to be easy to ask Google, but I'm coming up blank. Thanks!