When Dedications Leave Something to Be Desired

Kristen Twardowski

How authors dedicate books tells us a lot about them as writers and as people. Often books are dedicated to children, loved ones, or dogs. On rarer occasions, however, authors use the dedication section of books to make a wry joke, sneer at someone who doubted them, or twist a knife. Because these comments can be darkly humorous, I had to share a few of them.

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Mark Twain, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

“Persons attempting to find a motive in this narrative will be prosecuted; persons attempting to find a moral in it will be banished; persons attempting to find a plot in it will be shot. BY ORDER OF THE AUTHOR.”

Chris Colfer, The Land of Stories

“To grandma, for being my first editor and giving me the best writing advice I’ve ever received: “Christopher, I think you should wait until you’re done…

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5 thoughts on “When Dedications Leave Something to Be Desired

  1. I really enjoyed your post. Short and to the point. It reminded me of the Beat days when Jack Kerouac was writing. Much of his stuff was published by the City Lights Book Store in San Francisco. Few people realized that the general manager of City Lights was the owners dog. He received the bulk of the mail.

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    1. thanks Scott
      Kristen has some great posts (of which this is one) you should click on the original post and have a read of her other stuff – I’m sure you’ll find more posts you’ll enjoy


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