10-09-2001, 08:05 PM
You've all seen the titles in today's staff report (http://www.straightdope.com/mailbag/mblackhole.html), and there are certainly others. Why did old books have such ridiculously long titles? When did they stop? The only modern book I can think of with such a long title went by the name of A New Verse Translation of the Old English Epic Beginning "Hwaet, We Gar-Dena In Geardagum" And Commonly Known As Beowulf. (And of course, "Beowulf" was in enormous letters.) But that's the only one I've seen that long.