Is that title final? I want this book, but I don't know if I'd want to leave it sitting out where others could see with that title.
If the proposed title were Shut Your F***ing Face, Uncle F***er
, I'd see your point. As it is, the word dandy has some negative connotations as it is commonly used, but it's relatively benign. Given what Manton is trying to accomplish with this book, I can't think of a title that works better than The Dandy
. If I could think of another word that carries the meaning that Manton imputes to "dandy" in his book, I would suggest it. As it is, I can't, and I don't think that other titles that I have seen suggested would work. This book will hardly spend 52 weeks on the New York Times
best seller list. It will appeal to hard-core Italian Renaissance literature junkies and to those very interested in men's clothing. The first group will love the title; the second won't care.