What are some book titles that became expressions, or commonly used figures of speech, onto themselves?
I can think of a few, but surely there are more. Probably lots. Here’s some to start:
Brave New World
how many times have people introduced various articles, presentations, etc., on modern genetics, or cloning, and so forth, with something along the lines of: “Today, I visited the genetics lab of cloning expert, Dr. Gene Anrand. Let me tell you, it’s a brave new world . . .”
use of this one is so hackneyed, that’s it’s truly now in the realm of cliche: “The latest government measures should convince even the most sanguine among us that 1984 is no longer 26 years ago, or even the future as seen from 1948. It’s today.”
The Spy Who Came in From the Cold
not quite as bad the other two, John LeCarre’s classic is now thrown around to include anyone returning to anything: “Reggies Mays decided to abandon his salary protest and has come in from the cold just in time to rejoin the team for their home opener”.
I know that’s not really how you should use the word “iconic”, but, hey, we’re among friends.
And, apologies if this has been done before (I did a search and found nothing).