From the Bookshelf: Dedications

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

While I was flipping through the books on my shelves in search of epigraphs for my previous From the Bookshelf post, I found myself stopping at dedication pages instead of epigraphs to read the words inscribed to friends and loved ones. When I came across the dedication for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, (my favorite) I was reminded of the power of beautiful dedications, and decided to do a sister post on the subject. Here are a few dedications that I found funny, touching, or a little sad.

Return to the Hundred Acre Wood, David Benedictus

"You gave us Christopher Robin and Pooh
And a forest of shadows and streams,
And the whole world smiled with you, as you
Offered us your dreams.
I took up the offer page upon page
And line upon fanciful line,
I tried to show in a different age,
Your dreams are mine."

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, C. S. Lewis

"To Lucy Barfield
My Dear Lucy,
I wrote this story for you, but when I began it I had not realized that girls grow quicker than books. As a result you are already too old for fairy tales, and by the time it is printed and bound you will be older still. But some day you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again. You can then take it down from some upper shelf, dust it, and tell me what you think of it. I shall probably be too deaf to hear, and too old to understand a word you say but I shall still be
your affectionate Godfather,
C. S. Lewis"

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, J.K. Rowling

"for Jessica, who loves stories,
for Anne, who loved them too,
and for Di, who heard this one first."

Fire, Kristin Cashore

"For my little sister, Catherine, the (Corinthian) pillar of my heart"

Thirteen Little Blue Envelopes, Maureen Johnson

"For Kate Schafer, the greatest traveling companion in the world, and a woman who is not afraid to admit that she occasionally can't remember where she lives."

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, J.K. Rowling

"The dedication of this book is split seven ways: To Neil. To Jessica. To David. To Kenzie. To Di. To Anne. And to You. If you have stuck with Harry until the very end."

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  1. I love these. Dedications seem to give you such a real piece of who the author is, as a real person. It's a very intimate thing.

    1. Aren't dedications lovely? There were so many great ones, it was hard for me to choose.


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