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“How Novels Get Titles.” Article by Robert F. Moss. New York Times Book Review, 7 November, 13, 18. Mailer explains that Stanley Rinehart, his publisher, thought that The Naked and the Dead (48.2) was “a dreadful title,” in an article for which a dozen contemporary writers, including Eudora Welty, Joyce Carol Oates, Anne Tyler, Walker Percy, Robert Penn Warren and William Styron, were canvassed. Mailer also reveals that his working title for The Executioner’s Song (79.14) was “The Saint and the Psychopath.”