August 25: Prepositional Phrase Day

On this date in 1984, American author, playwright, and screenwriter Truman Capote died of liver cancer at the age of 59.  Born in 1924 in New Orleans, Louisiana, Capote greatest fame came not from his fiction but from his nonfiction novel In Cold Blood published in 1966.  Capote spent four years researching the book, which is based on the murder of a family on their Kansas farm in 1959.  The book essentially pioneered the true crime genre.

For the title of his acclaimed book, Capote chose a prepositional phraseIn Cold Blood.  This type of phrase is an essential element of English syntax, a phrase that begins with a preposition and ends, most often, with a noun, as in these examples from The Gettysburg Address:  “… government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”

Of course, Capote is not alone in turning to the prepositional phrase to assist in crafting a title.  Here are a few more examples of titles that contain prepositional phrases:

The Grapes of Wrath

Of Mice and Men

Flowers for Algernon

The Wizard of Oz

The Taming of the Shrew

The House of Seven Gables

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

Clan of the Cave Bear

War of the Worlds

Gone With the Wind

The Hunt For Red October

The Red Badge of Courage

For Whom the Bell Tolls

The Prince of Tides

The Call of the Wild

The Man in the Iron Mask

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

Today’s Challenge:  Propose With a Prepositional Phrase
Generate a title of your own for a book or movie; make sure, however, that your title contains at least one prepositional phrase.

Quotation of the Day:  A preposition is something never to end a sentence with.  –William Safire

 

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