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message 1: by Najibah, Penterjemah yang mencintai kata-kata (last edited Apr 29, 2009 04:13PM) (new)

Najibah Abu Bakar (najabakar) | 2843 comments Mod
Some authors manage to make even the dedication page interesting; none more so than the writer who used his to propose marriage

Book dedications can be illuminating, funny (Lemony Snicket), sweet (I love CS Lewis's in The Lion, the Witch and The Wardrobe), sometimes boring. "For my family," writes Margaret Atwood in Oryx and Crake, which is lying on my desk.

But they're rarely as romantic as economist Peter Leeson's, who proposed to his girlfriend in the dedication for his book The Invisible Hook: The Hidden Economics of Pirates. "Ania, I love you; will you marry me?" he wrote. "If I've succeeded in hiding my plans from her since writing this, she should be very surprised, he explained in his preface. "I hope she says 'yes'. If she doesn't, I might have to turn to sea banditry, which would be tough since I don't know how to sail."
He, and his publisher Princeton University Press, went to great lengths to keep the proposal a secret, even removing the section of the book from advance proofs, and – hurrah for a happy ending – Ania did say yes.

It won't agree with everyone, but it's certainly memorable – and has set me thinking about other "classics" of the micro-genre. Strangely hard to imagine a British writer being this unbuttoned in print, though there are some inscriptions in literary history that are quite memorably fulsome. [TS Eliot's thank you to Ezra Pound at the beginning of The Waste Land is a famous one, and Laurence Sterne performs a real feat of forelock-tugging at the beginning of Tristram Shandy.

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message 2: by Hannah (new)

Hannah | 92 comments Gosh, that's sweet :)

message 3: by Kataklicik (last edited Apr 30, 2009 06:55AM) (new)

Kataklicik | 714 comments Isy, sweet ke? The book's title is "The Hidden Economics of Pirates"!!! :D

message 4: by Jack (last edited May 08, 2009 05:25AM) (new)

Jack (echoicglory) | 295 comments I still like JK Rowling's dedication to her daughter Mackenzie:-

"To Mackenzie,
my beautiful daughter,
I dedicate
her ink and paper twin"

of course, any avid HP fan would know why JK wrote that ^^

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