Once Again to Zelda: Fifty Great Dedications and Their Stories

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Pan Macmillan, Apr 1, 2011 - Literary Collections - 320 pages
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Charlotte Brontė dedicated Jane Eyre to William Makepeace Thackeray, setting literary London ablaze with gossip. Ayn Rand dedicated Atlas Shrugged to both her husband and her lover. Sylvia Plath dedicated The Bell Jar to her friends. And F. Scott Fitzgerald dedicated The Great Gatsby to his wife, Zelda, the tumultuous love of his life.

The dedication of a novel is the most personal and public of gestures, and yet we don’t often stop to consider how it came to be inspired. This charming ‘behind the scenes’ book traces the relationships immortalized in the dedications to fifty novels that are an intrinsic part of literary and pop culture.

Sometimes tragic, often romantic, and always engaging, these are intimate glimpses into the lives of the writers we admire and the people they loved.

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User Review  - akblanchard - LibraryThing

The idea behind this book is a great one, and it is pretty well summed up in the title. Unfortunately, the book doesn’t live up to its promise. It is one of the most gracelessly-written books I’ve ... Read full review

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User Review  - booksandbosox - LibraryThing

Pretty much the title says it all here. Wagman-Geller actually reads the dedications in the books she reads (I usually glaze over them) and wants to know the stories behind them. This book is a ... Read full review

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About the author (2011)

Marlene Wagman-Geller grew up in Toronto and is a lifelong bibliophile. She teaches in San Diego. This is her first book.

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