Please look at this phrase:
the book by H.G. Wells “The Time Machine”
Is it OK to use the definite article with "book" if the book title already contains an article? Are the any rules for such cases?
Thanks in advance!
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Yes, you should use an article with "book".
It doesn't matter that the title contains an article - you aren't referring to the title, you are referring to the book.
A good question to ask would be what if the title contained a different article?
Of course, if you were referring to Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, it would be:
The Shakespeare play "A Midsummer Night's Dream".
It is the book and the play because these are unique. If you were referring to an individual copy of the book, or a particular production of the play, you would use the indefinite article:
A production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream".
A copy of "The Time Machine".