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Lost Titles, Forgotten Rhymes: A Guide to Finding Novels, Stories, and Poems

This guide provides tips for finding novels and other literary works when you can't recall the author's name or full title of the work.


Pierre Latour. Lost and found.. 1880. Library of Congress Music Division.

Locating a novel, short story, or poem without knowing its title or author can be a frustrating and difficult endeavor. This guide is intended to help readers identify a literary work when they know only its plot, subject, or other secondary characteristics such as a character's name, an illustration, or snippets of remembered words and phrases.

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