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A fascinating look at the stories behind the dedications of 50 literary classics.Mary Shelley dedicated Frankenstein to her father, her greatest champion. Charlotte Brönte dedicated Jane Eyre to William Makepeace Thackeray for his enthusiastic review of the book's first edition. Dostoyevsky dedicated The Brothers Karamazov to his typist-turned-lover Anna Grigoyevna. And, aA fascinating look at the stories behind the dedications of 50 literary classics.Mary Shelley dedicated Frankenstein to her father, her greatest champion. Charlotte Brönte dedicated Jane Eyre to William Makepeace Thackeray for his enthusiastic review of the book's first edition. Dostoyevsky dedicated The Brothers Karamazov to his typist-turned-lover Anna Grigoyevna. And, as this collection's title indicates, F. Scott Fitzgerald dedicated his masterpiece The Great Gatsby to his wife Zelda. Often overlooked, a novel's dedication can say much about an author and his or her relationship to the person for whom the book was consecrated. Once Again to Zelda explores the dedications in fifty iconic books that are an intrinsic part of both literary and pop culture, shedding light on the author's psyche, as well as the social and historic context in which the book was first published....

Title : Once Again to Zelda: The Stories Behind Literature's Most Intriguing Dedications
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Once Again to Zelda: The Stories Behind Literature's Most Intriguing Dedications Reviews

  • Sesana
    2019-05-03 10:21

    Some mixed feelings here. On one hand, some of these dedications were quite interesting, and so so were the histories they brought up. On the other hand, most of the dedications were simply to the current significant other of the author in question, so it ended up being more of a series of short biographies than I had expected. Maybe it's too tall of an order, but I would have rather that Wagman-Geller had concentrated on the more unusual dedications. Because let's face it, the dedication of Schindler's List (to the Holocaust survivor who inspired the author to write about Schindler and helped his research) will always be more interesting than the dedication on The Darkest Evening of the Year (to his wife). I had some quibbles with the style, too, mostly the author's need to end nearly every essay with something unbearably trite, usually referring directly back to the title of the book in question. ("They are the ones who prevent 'the darkest evening of the year' from being a metaphor for Dean's life.") And call me a history snob, but I have severe qualms about a published book that cites Wikipedia. Maybe I should just be happy that Wagman-Geller cites her sources at all (she does!), and I do like reading Wikipedia myself (I do!) but for nearly every section to refer back to at least one Wikipedia article is just really poor research practice. I wonder if she would have accepted Wagman-Geller teaches high school history and English, and I have to wonder if she would have accepted Wikipedia as sources from her own students.

  • Jennifer
    2019-05-17 09:15

    The subtitle of this book promised more than this book offered. There were a few "intriguing dedications" (Ayn Rand's comes to mind), but most of these were fairly straightforward. Wagman-Geller basically gives short bios of the original authors and their significant others, and they're fairly interesting - the contemporary authors' bios more so, since we know more about the older ones like Fitzgerald or Hemingway. However, one thing that really irritated me was the cutesy way Wagman-Geller would refer back to the title of the work or a part of the dedication. Instead of just ending the brief bio, she would make a comment, such as "They are the ones who prevent "the darkest evening of the year" for being a metaphor for Dean's life", which refers back to the dedication Dean Koontz wrote inThe Darkest Evening of the Year . And she does this in virtually every bio (she was a high school English teacher, which may explain such cheesy conclusions -- and I have been a high school English teacher, so I can understand). Maybe I'm petty to harp on this but it made me want to skip the last paragraph in each section... Aargh!

  • Roseann
    2019-05-12 06:27

    A great little volume of short anecdotal and historical tidbits about the dedications of some of the many books we have read in our lives. Quick reading and some are funny, some sad, some just fodder for cocktail party conversation. A good read.

  • Kasia
    2019-05-12 04:25

    I was so excited about this one, and it is a big disappointment. I lovelovelove reading dedications and acknowledgments in books, so I am very interested in the subject matter of the book. And the cover and design of this book are lovely. I have major gripes about this one, though, and here they are:1. The writing! It is just so trite and uninspired. I really reminds me of essays written for school.2. Who cites Wikipedia in their book?? Repeatedly? Seriously. Most of the sources are webpages, many that don't even look like legit resources. How hard is it to take a look at the articles or books that the Wikipedia entry references, so you don't look like a lazy moron?3. These are not "intriguing" dedications. Almost all of them are just to spouses. It is still interesting to hear the biographical info and stories about the authors and their relationships, of course, but it seems like one could find some more interesting dedications out there. I can't imagine why some of these are even included. Did she read Didion's A Year of Magical Thinking? Or even read a description? It's not exactly "intriguing" that the book about her husbands death was dedicated to that husband (and her daughter).In the end, this was still an entertaining read if you like short bits of biographical info about authors. But I really really want someone to write a good version of this book soon!

  • Renee
    2019-05-21 06:33

    The subtitle to this book should have been "The Predictable, Occasionally Interesting Stories Behind the Dedications of Some of Our Most Intriguing Literature." Wagman-Geller picked some well-known pieces of literature--good pieces of literature--and did shallow Wikipedia research into the basic stories behind the dedications (I'm not exaggerating: there are internet links to wiki pages in the bibliography). And, sit down for this part, what seemed like 90% of writers dedicated their books to parents or partners, which is *gasp* downright shocking, given that partners and parents support writers through their writing endeavors. She's confused the part about intriguing literature with intriguing dedications. Really, I'd rather she'd found more obscure, but more interesting dedications and uncovered the mystery. Like, I would be fine if the book was something I'd never heard of but the book was dedicated to somebody's pet octopus. Or, to the unnamed neighbor down the street who is just called Neighbor, Who Inspired it All. Because if she'd done that, I could have forgiven her her dramatically simplistic writing. Guess what? When your story is only 2 pages long you don't need to use foreshadowing!! Nor do you need to incorporate the name of the book into some word play in every. single. story. Wait, actually, what I meant to say is that you should NEVER incorporate the name of the piece of literature into your work at a pale attempt at clever word play. Ever.

  • Laura
    2019-05-02 04:30

    Though the premise is interesting, and the dedications are as intriguing as promised, the book is written so badly that I started to feel guilty for even being interested. Cheesy and condescending by turns, I can only imagine it was perhaps aimed at the high schoolers Ms. Wagman-Geller taught. But even high schoolers who would have enough interest to read about literary dedications would probably be insulted by the sheer bad writing. Oh yes, and even a tenth grader might manage not to mangle Hamlet -- it's "FLIGHTS of angels sing thee to thy rest," not "bands of angels." I imagine Shakespeare is rolling over in his grave.

  • Randi Rathbun
    2019-04-27 07:43

    Such an interesting read! So cool to get some behind the scenes info on these authors.

  • Gloria
    2019-05-01 11:24

    I think I've read too many biographies of authors.This book I expected to be an entertaining, informative read about everyone from Mary Shelley to Sylvia Plath, Truman Capote to Stephen King, Ernest Hemingway to J.K. Rowling. Other than a few tidbits about some of the more contemporary authors, there wasn't a wealth of information in this book that I didn't already know.It's put together a bit like a mini-history/biography of each writer. So, if you know the general story of these people (and I do mean very general), you're not missing much by skipping this book.

  • tomlinton
    2019-05-10 10:18

    Interesting storiesthat normally I would eschewbecause the writing is only fairas I'm looking to improve myselfbut I can't resistsuch things as Harper LeeGettum up Scout!beating up kids at schoolwhen they would pickon her effeminate neighbor friendwho would grow up to beTruman Capote

  • Mary Kay
    2019-04-25 11:39

    A "veteran" high school English teacher researches the backgrounds of dedications of 50 famous works of literature. It's a very interesting book, but the egregious grammar errors made me cringe, especially since the author is a "veteran" high school English teacher!

  • Ghost of the Library
    2019-05-19 08:19

    Well this is an interesting challenge to review , and i admit to some guilty given that i like the topic chosen, but frankly the book starts well and ends like a serious of articles of some gossip magazine.i will try to explain - if there was such a thing as a people's magazine for lovers of good literature i suppose this book would perhaps qualify as its "best of the year" edition, if you know what i mean.What the author proposes, and was the main reason why i got this one from the local library, is to unravel the mistery behind the dedications of some classical masterpieces - and some total strangers to me - in literary history.If you, dear reader, have ever wondered why Moby Dick was dedicated to Hawthorne, Frankenstein to William Goodwin and a few others - look no further here's the mistery unraveled! A good amount of research was clearly put into this, and for the my sincere congratulations because it clearly shows. However, the style of writing slowly goes on a downward spiral from good to just plain boring and hinting too much at gossips for my own personal taste ...coulda, woulda, shoulda...stick to facts! is it really necessary to imply the rumors of possible incestuous relations between Mary Shelley and her father? to state the Melville and Hawthorne were probably likely rumored to be ..... Don't get me wrong, i know the world isn't pink, unicorns are myth and human beings are capable of the most unimaginable actions, but still i come out of this with the impression that the author either lost of her way along the process of compiling the book, or just got too excited over all the rumors and forgot to stick to a more coherent tone and content.tiny pet peeve - the selection of authors and books should perhaps have been more international...i doubt this will appeal on a more deeper level to non american/canadian readers, given the selection of authors that compose at least half of it.Still, is it worth the trouble? .... yes, if for no other reason that you might end up getting another author or two to add to your ever growing pile of to read books.

  • Cindee
    2019-04-29 10:22

    I enjoyed this book. The author investigated why many individual authors chose certain persons/people to dedicate their famous works. It peaked my interest to look into novels I might not normally be interested in reading.

  • Lisa Rector
    2019-05-19 09:29

    You'll find dedications by Mark Twain, Virginia Woolf, Dashiell Hammett, Richard Wright, Harper Lee, Stephen King, Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and other well known writers and their famous books. I confess, I've never paid much attention to the dedications, but now I do, and I'd love to hear the background story of some of the ones I've come across since I read this book.

  • J.
    2019-05-11 12:22

    So this is a book about the stories behind the dedications of books of stories, as you can tell from the title of the book, and the stories inside.The good: the stories are generally pretty interesting, and we learns lots of interesting tidbits about writers. (Some of them had really fascinating lives.) And we learn things about famous writers as a class of people. (They're predominately cheaters.) And we get a sense of the social milieu that brought about some of the famous works.The bad: the book choices are sometimes pretty standard, and definitely skewed to the author's tastes. So there's a lot of authors in here that I've never read, and a few I've never even heard of (and I'm a pretty avid reader.) Even for a given author, the book chosen is sometimes an unusual choice. (I mean, doesn't everyone know Zelda was Fitzgerald's wife? That's like the only thing I know about him!) So "most intriguing" is a bit misleading--I would read it to mean "most elusive" (Rosebud?), but Wagman-Geller apparently means "most easily researched," or perhaps, "the one that makes the cutest story."The really bad: every chapter ends with like the cheeeeeeeeesiest ending. Like, if she were writing about how John Doe dedicated his book "Staring at the Stars" to his cat, "Poopsie, who will eat anything" the author will write this whole long story about how much Poopsie meant to John, and how she saved his life when the house caught on fire, and how she defended his house from killer robots that one time, and how she invented the coffee table. But then, at the end of the chapter, when Poopsie dies of glaucoma at a very old age, Wagman-Geller has to write a sentence like: "And John was so sad that he couldn't 'eat anything' but would only sit around 'staring at the stars.'" Yeah, every's like retroactively ruining my enjoyment of the story. (It's so bad that I actually kept thinking of those opening scenes of CSI:Miami, where the head guy says some unbelievably cheesy lines while putting on his sunglasses. Yeah, it's that terrible.)

  • Bookworm1858
    2019-05-15 12:43

    Once Again to Zelda by Marlene Wagman-GellerPerigee, 2008276 pagesNon-fiction3/5 starsSource: LibrarySummary: An examination in to some of the most famous and most puzzling dedications of books in order to gain insight into the lives of the writers.Thoughts: The first dedication is for the novel Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. It is to her father who wrote a biography of his wife and her mother Mary Wollstonecraft, published in 1798, which she says scandalized Victorian society. Do you see the error here? Victoria wasn't even born until 1819. This was so blatant that it almost made me shut the book but I continued because I thought (and still think that it's a great concept). And maybe I'm overreacting but that's a big error; the Victorians were far more prudish than Regency-era, if my reading of romance novels is accurate.The writing itself had many awkward sentences (none of which I flagged so that I could report them to you) which made those passages unpleasant. It was not well done and if good writing is important, then definitely skip this.Sometimes I feel sad that I'm not a genius, whether in writing or music or writing or something. But after reading these stories, I'm really happy that I'm not. Many of these authors (most if not all arguably in the genius category) were violent, adulterous, and/or just plain selfish. I'd much rather be me and try to be a good person and treat the people in my life right.Overall: Interesting concept but serious flaws in the writing.Cover: I like bright colors so it fails on that account but I enjoy the typeface.

  • Nikii
    2019-05-20 09:35

    I really enjoyed reading this book, it told a lot of interesting stories behind the dedications of stories. Many of which could possibly stand on their own as books. Within this book you get histories of people who were writers & who were many other things as well & you learn of who they were & why they dedicated their books to the beings their dedicated to. The author of this book shows you the background & the why of it all. You learn to appreciate love, writing, & so much more just from the stories of dedications. There are telling's of a daughter who refused to open a trunk that she had kept for over 50 years that was once her mothers & entrusted to her & when she finally did open it, she find a treasure of her mother & the last novel that her mother had been able to write before being dragged to a concentration camp.You also learn of an activist mother who was forced to leave South Africa because of the Apartheid, after her ex-husband had been killed in front of their children & she was next on the Apartheid list. Then you read stories of great loves found, like the on of childhood sweethearts who, even after the author of one book had been rejected 3 times, he still tried again & finally won her over, eventually marring her. She was even the one who believed enough in him to support him so he could write a great novel.I would definitely say to read this, you get a lot of stories rolled into one book about other books.

  • Johnvano
    2019-04-24 07:38

    Great idea for a book. I found some of the people behind the dedications as intriguing as I hoped.There was much heartbreak in these stories. As a whole, the authors selected were a selfish bunch, ruining the lives of others for a new obsession.The volume inspired me to add a few of the books featured to my "to-read" list.However,The volume felt slim in terms of effort investedIt seemed to miss the intended mark (based on the subtitle) by mainly presenting biographies of the subjects for dedication.I would have enjoyed more research into why some of these dedications were offered, like an interplay between author and subject on the dedication, what it meant to the other person, what the author tried to accomplish through the reference, what was going on in their lives at the book's publication.But mostly,The writing could have been sharper, not so cute. Certainly not spinning every tale into whimsy.Not every author could possibly find happiness in the endThe author of the collection had a funny way of moralizing everything and forcing a subject's various book titles into descriptive phrasesAlso, not great when Wikipedia is cited often as source material

  • Michelle Nass
    2019-05-02 08:39

    I was excited when I got this book as a Christmas present, but the excitement just did not last. It starts as a clever idea: telling the story behind dedications in both classic and popular literature. Unfortunately, it is written like a bad graduate thesis and even more poorly researched. I just couldn't get past the trite phrasing (often times using a catch phrase from the novel focused on as a cute way to end each section--not cute-- it was really like "...and with her last breath, Margaret Mitchell really was Gone with the Wind." Gag me.), or the fact that wikipedia, WIKIPEDIA, is one of the author's main sources.... SERIOUSLY? And the author is an English teacher... doesn't she know better? To top it off, she also cited bookrags, sparknotes, cliffnotes, and someone's personal geocities site. I was so offended when I realized this (I'm an academic purist snob) that I had to stop reading, and even considered not adding it to my classroom library because of the bad example it sets for my students... But then I realized that they even know not to use those sources in academic writing.

  • Carrie
    2019-05-16 11:42

    I really enjoyed learning the stories and connections behind the authors' dedications, especially when they were authors or works with which I am familiar, so I really wanted to like this book. Unfortunately, I found the writing style distracting, disjointed and clunky, with a few factual errors. The transitions were often abrupt, to the point that they felt like unnecessary commentary at times. One example of this that sticks out is when she wrote, "When they returned home from their second honeymoon, their marital home was a palatial mansion near Newport Beach, California, decorated with both Asian antiquities and contemporary art. Understandably, special attention was spent on the bathrooms, with separate facilities for male and female visitors, complete with marble flooring and gold taps" (pp. 262-263). Huh? It took me a while to figure out what was so "understandable" to spend extra attention on bathrooms. The best I can come up with is that the author's childhood home didn't have indoor plumbing until he was 10, which was mentioned a few pages earlier and was not at all connected to the paragraph quoted above. Then, every one of the 50 stories wrapped up with a cutesy last sentence or two; it was just too much for me.

  • Sarah
    2019-05-10 08:42

    This book had a lot of potential -- I thought that the topic sounded really interesting. But in the end, I was quite disappointed. I'd hardly call most of the dedications she explains "literature's most intriguing" -- most of them were pretty straightforward dedications to one's spouse or parent, with nothing "intriguing" there. And really -- if you've read The Year of Magical Thinking, do you need an explanation of why Joan Didion dedicated the book to her husband and daughter? The worst part of this book, though, is the writing. It read like a series of bad high school essays. I was going to include a couple of quotes by way of example, but I'll spare you. Suffice to say I literally rolled my eyes at some of her turns of phrase. I would expect much better writing -- and editing! -- from a book published by a major house.In short, I don't recommend this book. If you want biographical blurbs about authors and their books, I think you'd be better served reading Wikipedia!

  • Amy
    2019-04-21 04:20

    A book in serious need of a fact checker. I was enjoying the gossipy little bios until I wanted to know more -- then I discovered than most of the author's material came from Wikipedia. While I think Wikipedia has its place, this is a book by a major publisher (Penguin), and I expect more. If I won't let a first year writer in college use Wikipedia as a source, why should Penguin allow it from one of their published authors? Just as one example -- the author called Fitzgerald's The Beautiful and Damned The Beautiful and THE Damned. Rookie mistake. She also claimed that Zelda's Save Me the Waltz was an "autobiography." I'm sorry, and this may sound nit-picky, but there is a big difference between an autobiography and a semi-autobiographical novel. Even Wikipedia got that right. As they did the title of The Beautiful and Damned. These are just the mistakes I knew off the top of my head -- who knows how many other mistakes there were in this shoddy work? This was the literary equivalent of Inside Edition.

  • Jennifer
    2019-04-26 09:28

    I've been wanting to read this book for about a year now, but I've been waiting to get it through an Inter Library Loan. I figured that the book would be good, but not good enough to pay the $16.95 retail price to put it in my personal collection, and it turns out I was right.The author has a great premise- researching "The stories behind literature's most intriguing dedications". Many of the dedications are intriguing (such as the Peyton Place dedication "To GEORGE For All The Reasons he knows so well.") and the story behind the dedications certainly live up to the premise. However, some of the entries fall flat, especially when we get to more modern works (it's really no surprise that Joan Didion would dedicate The Year of Magical Thinking to her husband and daughter, whose deaths are chronicled in the same book). That being said, if you like reading about authors and their books and have a healthy appreciation for random literary trivia, then you will find this book enjoyable enough, as I did.

  • Shelley
    2019-04-28 05:38

    In spite of the amateurish writing, the brief insights into literature's most revered authors are riveting. One of my favorites is about Fyodor Dostoevsky who was granted a royal pardon just minutes before he was to be executed in front of a firing squad, a gesture that allowed some of the world's most important writing (The Brother's Karamozov and Crime and Punishment) to be born. I also learned that most writers are adulterers and have a lot of children that die and that if I am to be a serious writer I had better get some serious suffering out of the way! I do wish there were some more obscure, albeit more fascinating, dedications in this book, and I do hope that another book comes along with the same concept; just not by Wagman-Geller, who cites Wikipedia unabashedly throughout her biblio and in every chapter, makes trite and cutesy references to both the name of the book and the dedication. That gets redundant and shows the author's limitations as a writer.

  • Sarah
    2019-04-20 11:33

    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 collection of those stories for some of the most well-known books.I really enjoyed this. I learned all sorts of things I didn't know before and some of the stories behind the dedications read like soap operas. However, some of the stories were definitely not intriguing (like most of the dedications to spouses, unless the spouse has an extraordinary background). Each story is only a few pages long, so the book reads very fast. Nothing stellar about the writing here. I was a bit disappointed in one thing. In the prologue, Wagman-Geller directs you to the website if you are interested in other dedications, which I was. However, when I went to the website, there was no new info there. So that was a letdown. Otherwise, this was quite an enjoyable read.

  • Marco den Ouden
    2019-05-13 12:18

    This is a fabulous book, a collection of fifty essays giving the background stories behind the dedications to fifty different novels. The title itself, of course, is F. Scott Fitzgerald's dedication in The Great Gatsby. The novels are arranged chronologically starting with Mary Shelley's dedication in Frankenstein. All of them are fascinating and give us an insight into the author. Novel dedications covered include Dostoevsky's dedication to The Brothers Karamazov (one of the best stories in the book - truth is stranger than fiction they say and this story is mind blowing), Frank. L. Baum's dedication to The Wizard of Oz (tells why the lead character was changed from a boy to a girl and named Dorothy Gale), Thomas Keneally's dedication to Schindler's List (an amazing story about the power of persistence) and many more. It makes me want to read some of the books I hadn't read before.

  • Cristina
    2019-05-14 08:13

    Once Again to Zelda has 50 chapters, each one telling the story behind a book dedication from (in chronological order) Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein to Michael Chabbon’s The Yiddish Policemen’s union. I think this book is probably best for book lovers who are not necessarily true bibliophiles and who might not otherwise know that Mary Shelly’s father was the author of An Enquiry Concerning Political Justice and her mother was the author of A Vindication of the Rights of Women or that Margaret Mitchell was just an avid reader until her husband bought her a typewriter and said “Write your own book to amuse yourself"-voilà! Gone with the Wind! For me this book was a total dream and I wish it had gone on forever. The only downside is that my “to read” list has now passed in to the category of obscene.

  • Laura
    2019-04-29 04:19

    Here's the thing about this book: it's a great concept, but the author does not deliver a great book. First, the subtitle claims that the book will cover "literature's most intriguing dedications", but what it really covers are generic dedications from some of literature's greatest authors. But that's not really the story either because often the book containing the dedication isn't even mentioned, leaving us with simply a four or five page biography of the author and dedicatee.Second, the author's writing style starts off mediocre and devolves over the course of the book. Every single chapter uses a sick amount of foreshadowing, which is a crutch used by hack writers (it is also a personal peeve of mine). Toward the end of the book the author basically gives up and has the junior high student down the block finish writing the damn thing.

  • Nancy
    2019-05-16 07:15

    So, as it plays out, I am not the only one who wonders who "Mr. Lee and Alice" were - was he Atticus? Was she Calpurnia? - and if all those "dear wives" that books are dedicated to were really - well, dear wives. (Yes, he was Atticus, but she is not Calpurnia. Turns out Harper Lee has a beloved older sister who bossed her around a lot in her youth. And all those "my dear wife" dedications? A LOT of them got divorced not long after.)Interesting, entertaining - and learning the truth behind the dedications gave me some fascinating perspectives about some of my favorite authors. Isn't Truman Capote life the saddest story? And it was nice to know that Vladimir Nabokov's wife was really his true love.

  • Sarah Phoenix
    2019-05-07 04:37

    I now know why I will never be a writer. While I have suffered, it is obvious from this book that I have not suffered enough.The stories behind the dedications to the books listed run from the tragic, to the more than tragic, to the most horrible thing I have ever heard. The authors are listed in chronological order and as we approach the present, the suffering does diminish somewhat. The real tragedy was that I missed it.If you love books, gossip and information that is only needed to win a Trivial Pursuit Game (with others with the same literary addiction) then this is the book for you. (Should be made into a movie, oh, hell, many of them already have! Sylvia, In Cold Blood, The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man in the Moon Marigolds, Shindler's List )

  • Hannah
    2019-04-30 11:22

    I really enjoyed this book. The author was intrigued by an author's dedication so she researched it. She was fascinated by the story behind it and this led her to investigate other dedications. The book had 50 authors and their most well-known or most creative dedications.I thought it was great. Each story was about 5 - 7 pages. Just enough to learn about the author and their work, but not too much to get tedious. There were a couple of chapters that I thought were a little ho hum, but most of them were great and I enjoyed it. I discovered some books that I want to read and even some authors that I want to learn more about. I think it was well written and I was fascinated by it. It's a great book for people who love to read..