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The Legend of Baggar Vance by Steven Pressfield – Dedication

In Adventure, Books, Novels on March 25, 2011 at 11:52 am

Steven Pressfield dedicated his novel The Legend of Baggar Vance ~

Lt William James Torpie, U.S. Army

October 20, 1943 – March 25, 1969

For you, Billy,

and other friends who fell

on other fields

Sula by Toni Morrison – Dedication

In Black Authors, Books, Novels on March 13, 2011 at 6:14 pm

Toni Morrison dedicate her Nobel Prizewinning novel Sula ~

It is sheer good fortune to miss

somebody long before they leave you.

This book is for Ford and Slade, whom

I miss although they have not left me.

Ford Morrison and Slade Morrison are her sons.

Hebrew Tutor of Bel-Air by Allan Appel – Dedication

In Books, Novels, Romance, Teen on February 8, 2011 at 3:28 pm

Today we’re visiting Will Smith’s old stomping ground. A 17-year-old compulsive gambler in 1963 Los Angeles travels to Will Smith’s hood to tutor 16-year-old Bat Mizvah trainee Bayla Adler. Chaos ensues –  it’s a matter of life and $20,000. Allan Apel dedicated The Hebrew Tutor of Bel-Air:

To the memory of my parents, Morris and Pearl Appel,

and my teacher Dr. David Lieber

Dr. David Leo Lieber, a rabbi, often advised his fellow scholars: “You can always tell someone to go to hell later.” He graduated from the College of the City of New York (magna cum laude) and served as President of the American Jewish University.

Seraph on the Suwanee by Zora Neale Hurston – Dedication

In Black Authors, Books, Novels on January 29, 2011 at 11:00 am

Zora Neale Hurston dedicated her novel Seraph on the Suwanee:

To

Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings

and

Mrs. Spessard L. Holland

With Loving Admiration

Here Hurston continued her tradition of dedicating books to Floridian authors. Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings won a Pulitzer Prize for The Yearling.

Florida Senator Spessard L. Holland was still serving his last Congressional term when he died of a heart attack at 79. Hurston dedicated this book to his wife Mary (they were married over 50 years). You can visit Mary Holland Park, a large nature preserve, in Central Florida.

Moses Man of the Mountain by Zora Neale Hurston – Dedication

In Black Authors, Books, Novels on January 28, 2011 at 10:52 am

Zora Neale Hurston dedicated her novel Moses Man of the Mountain:

TO

EDWIN OSGOOD GROVER

Grover was Professor of Books at Rollins College where Hurston was a student. He published many books, taught courses and created the 45-acre Mead Garden for reading and reflection.

Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston – Dedication

In Award-Winners, Black Authors, Books, Novels on January 27, 2011 at 10:17 am

Did you read this one in school? Zora Neale Hurston dedicated her award-winning novel Their Eyes Were Watching God:

TO

HENRY ALLEN MOE

Dr. Henry Allen Moe served as President of the Guggenheim Foundation for over 40 years, guiding countless artists, scholars and scientists. He left to become President of the American Philosophical Society (1959-1970). His widow created the Henry Allen Moe Prize in the Humanities in 1982.

Jonah’s Gourd Vine by Zora Neale Hurston – Dedication

In Black Authors, Books, Novels on January 26, 2011 at 1:10 pm

Zora Neals Hurston dedicated her novel Jonah’s Gourd Vine:

TO

BOB WUNSCH

WHO IS ONE OF THE LONG-WINGDED ANGELS

RIGHT ROUND THE THRONE

GO GATOR AND MUDDY THE WATER

– THE AUTHOR

Bob Wunsch was the resident theater director at Rollins, where Zora Neale Hurston rehearsed performers for her new play From Sun to Sun.

Lord of the Flies by William Golding – Dedication

In Adventure, Books, Classics, Novels on November 13, 2010 at 10:54 am

William Golding dedicated his boys-gone-wild exploration Lord of the Flies:

For my mother and father

…Ironic, in a book devoted to boys who play when their parents are away!

Revere Beach Boulevard by Roland Merullo – Dedication

In Books, Novels on November 12, 2010 at 12:00 pm

Roland Merullo dedicated Revere Beach Boulevard:

For Alexandra Merullo,

Eleonora Merullo, and Gerard Sikorski

Alexandra Merullo is the author’s eldest daughter.

Eleonora is his paternal grandmother, with whom he lived for most of his life in a big Neapolitan Italian family.

Google couldn’t find Gerard X Sikorski, but you’ll hear more about him tomorrow.

Counterlife by Philip Roth – Dedication

In Books, Novels on November 11, 2010 at 12:00 pm

The Counterlife probes Henry and Nathan Zuckerman’s lives and tells their intricate story five different ways. In examining the fragments that make up a full life, Philip Roth dedicated his masterful 1986 novel:

To my father at eighty-five

Roth would win the National Book Critics Circle award (again) for Patrimony: A True Story, which tells the story of his father Hermann.

Click to see The New York Times’ reviews of Philip Roth’s books.