Working Titles of Great Books

Can you name the classic work of literature by its working title?

Working title (Release Year)NovelSetting
Incident at West Egg (1925)Summer 1922, Long Island and New York City
First Impressions (1813)19th century Longbourn, in rural England
The Sea-Cook (1883)18th century in Bristol, England and the Carribean Sea
Paul Morel (1913)Early 20th century England mining community
Stephen Hero (1917)1882-1903 Dublin and surrounding areas
The Romantic Egotist (1920)20th century, primarily in Princeton, NJ and New York City
The Lost Generation (1926)1924 Paris, then Pamplona and Madrid
Twilight (1929)Early 20th century, Jefferson, Mississippi, and Cambridge, Massachusetts (Harvard University)
Pansy (1936)1861–early 1870s Georgia
Something That Happened (1937)1930s, South of Soledad, California
Proud Flesh (1946)1810 to 1939, most likely Louisiana (though the actual state is never named)
Before This Anger (1976)Mid-18th century Gambia to mid-20th century U.S.
Mind and Iron (1950)Several years into the future
A Silence in the Water (1974)Modern-day Amity
The Last Man in Europe (1949)The “future,” in Oceania
Robotic Banana (1962)Near-future England
The Poker Night (1947)1940s New Orleans
Curse God Farm (1932)A near-future village in Sussex
Strangers from Within (1954)Near-future on a deserted tropical island
The Kingdom By the Sea (1955)1947-1952 New England and on the road
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