book titles

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Mon Dec 6 19:36:23 UTC 2004

>I alluded earlier to dabbling in sleight of hand and magic.  One seminal
>text in card magic is "The Expert at the Card Table" by S. W. Erdnase.  I
>just recently realized why that title sounds so familiar, when I ran across
>a reference to "The Autocrat of the Breakfast Table" (a book I hadn't
>thought of since I took American Lit in High School).
>At least two other books in magic use this construction in their titles:
>"The Expert at the Pitch Table" (for pitching magic tricks, carney slang)
>and "The Phantom of the Card Table" about a famous gambler, Walter Scott.
>Are there other book titles that use this construction -- The XXXX at the
>YYYY Table?

"The Knights at the Round Table?  Yes, that's usually "of", and it's
not really a book title, but maybe close enough.


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