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The Best Classic Books with Emotional Titles


Some of the best classic book titles have deep emotional draw. Though everyone has heard the old cliché “you should never judge a book by its cover,” sometimes we can’t help but do so anyway. The name of the book we see on the cover is often our first impression of its content, and naturally, the name of the book is the first opportunity for the author to capture our interest.

Countless books have been written over the course of time, but there are a few that have distinguished themselves as truly timeless classics. Though these books have clearly earned their critical acclaim because of what they contain on the inside, we can’t help but feel their names certainly made a difference.

Here are some of the best classic boot titles with emotional, thought provoking, and truly exemplary titles.

Pride and Prejudice

The title of Jane Austen’s classic romantic novel may seem simple at first. But by focusing on two of our strongest and least desirable emotions—pride and prejudice—the name immediately evokes a reaction from those who hear it.

Heart of Darkness

The phrase ‘darkness’ is naturally loaded with emotions and when something lies at the heart of darkness, we can expect our emotions to be elevated even further. Joseph Conrad’s important novella set along the Congo River engages the reader before it is even opened.

One Hundred Years of Solitude

Gabriel Garcia Marquez is known for coming up with names that immediately inspire an emotional reaction. His novels One Hundred Years of Solitude and Love in the Time of Cholera both create vivid images of what are obviously emotional experiences.

War and Peace

Leo Tolstoy is an author with a stellar reputation for his commitment to presenting the world as it actually exists. As a leader of the realism movement in literature, juxtaposing opposite terms—such as war and peace—can help illustrate the extreme range of the human experience.

The Call of the Wild

Though civilization has certainly improved the quality of life of the average human being, sometimes we cannot help but be nostalgic of our animalistic origins. Jack London’s The Call of the Wild connects with our longing to be surrounded by nature in her unadulterated form.


When Henry David Thoreau decided to immerse himself in nature, he wanted to be free of excess in all shapes and forms. Walden, the name of the place where Thoreau went to get away, immediately plays on the central theme of avoiding the gluttonies of excess.

To Kill a Mockingbird

Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird is an essential American novel that explores themes relating to human innocence. To kill something as seemingly innocent as a mockingbird will inevitably inspire an emotional reaction and gain the attention of prospective readers.


These books are just a few examples of how choosing an effective title can set the tone for the remainder of a story. Though perhaps we shouldn’t only judge a book by its cover, it is clear that title is often the source of our first impression. We hope this list of some of the best classic book titles can help you create an amazing title for your next book, or develop great brand name ideas for just about anything else!

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Janna Sevilla
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