Stephen Fry, The Liar
1. To President Woodrow Wilson, from his only Vice.
– Dedication in Vice President Tom Marshall’s memoir
2. Hi Dad! *waves*
– Kiera Cass, The Selection
3. I should be remiss, indeed, if I failed to acknowledge my indebtedness to the People’s Bank of Bridgeport, the Connecticut Light and Power Co., the New England Telephone Co., Sears Roebuck, Casey Fuel, the West Redding Market, the Internal Revenue Department, and another creditor whose name is Morris H. Legion. The total is $17,886.05. Hi, Fellows!
– Carl Winston, How to Turn a Million into a Shoestring
4. “To my daughter Leonora, without whose never-failing sympathy and encouragement this book would have been finished in half the time.”
– P. G. Wodehouse, The Heart of a Goof
5. To my wife Marganit and my children Ella Rose and Daniel Adam without whom this book would have been completed two years earlier.
– Joseph J. Rotman, An Introduction to Algebraic Topology
6. To My Matchless Wife.
– Inscription on a lighter
7. This may be the first time in the history of books, but here goes:
Dedicated to my in-laws*
(*which does not mean I am henpecked, under her thumb or not man
– Chetan Bhagat, Two States
8. It is only when one writes that one realises the power of MS Word. Thank you Bill Gates and Microsoft Corp!
– Chetan Bhagat, Five Point Someone
9. This book is dedicated to my bank balance.
– Spike Milligan, Silly Verse for Kids
10. To packets everywhere.
– David Corner, Computer Networks and the Internet
11. Who’s there for you during those long hours at the laptop? You are! So like Babe Walker, why not dedicate your book to yourself?
– Babe Walker, Psychos: A White Girl Problems Book
12. I dedicate this book to George W. Bush, my Commander-in-Chief, whose impressive career advancement despite remedial language skills inspired me to believe that I was capable of authoring a book.
– Pedram Amini, Fuzzing: Brute Force Vulnerability Discovery
13. To caffeine and sugar, my companions through many a long night of writing.
– Robb Hobb, Ship of Magic
14. This is not for you
– Mark Z. Danielewski, House of Leaves
15. For Colin Firth: You’re a really great guy, but I’m married, so I think we should just be friends.
– Shannon Hale, Austenland
16. To myself, without whose inspired and tireless efforts this book would not have been possible.
– Al Jaffee, Tall Tales
17. To the love of my life, my soul mate, and the greatest person in the world: Me.
– Maddox, The Alphabet of Manliness
18. Unlike so many other supportive families, mine did not proof-read, or type this manuscript, or anything else. In fact they played absolutely no part in the preparation of this book, and distracted me from it at every opportunity. They are not the slightest bit interested in physics and know nothing of relativity and quantum theory. Their lack of knowledge in these areas does not worry them at all. Furthermore they undermine one of the central tenets of the theory of relativity, by providing me with a unique frame of reference. Nonetheless, I would like to dedicate this book to them, Jo, Jessica, Susanna and Elizabeth.
– Paul Strange, Relativistic Quantum Mechanics: With Applications in Condensed Matter and Atomic Physics
19. This is presented as a work of fiction and dedicated to nobody.
– Charles Bukowski, Post Office
20. 1947 edition: “To my son Igor, who wants to be a cowboy”
1961 edition: “To my son Igor, who wanted to be a cowboy”
– George Gamow, One Two Three… Infinity: Facts and Speculations of Science