RAY BRADBURY’S DEDICATIONS:
These are the ones I’ve been able to find. In some cases I have approximated the layout.
DARK CARNIVAL (1947)
To Grant M. Beach [this dedication also appears in The Small Assassin (1962), proving that it is a drastically altered and reduced version of Dark Carnival!]
THE MARTIAN CHRONICLES (1950)
For my wife MARGUERITE with all my love [UK editions insert the word “of”]
THE ILLUSTRATED MAN (1951)
This book is for FATHER, MOTHER, and SKIP, with love
THE GOLDEN APPLES OF THE SUN (1953)
And this one, with love, is for Neva,
daughter of Glinda
the Good Witch of the South
FAHRENHEIT 451 (1953)
This one, with gratitude,
THE OCTOBER COUNTRY (1955)
For who else but AUGUST DERLETH
[this appears in my UK paperback edition (1962), as well as in my Hart-Davis hardcover, but not in my Del Rey edition (1979 reprint). Instead, there is a prefatory note describing the origin of the book and expressing thanks to Derleth, Leigh Brackett and Henry Kuttner. Does anyone have the original US hardcover?]
DANDELION WINE (1957)
For Walter I. Bradbury
Neither uncle nor cousin
But most decidedly
Editor and friend.
A MEDICINE FOR MELANCHOLY (1959)
whose love, very late in life, surprised his son.
And for Bernard Berenson and Nicky Mariano,
who gave me a new world.
THE DAY IT RAINED FOREVER (1959)
IN MEMORY OF
THE TERRIBLE SKIRMISH
THE TEMPORARY LOSS
BUT OUR INEVITABLE VICTORY
AT THE MIRABELLE
SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES (1962)
[Two dedications. This one from my William Morrow hardcover:]
to the memory of
changed my life
[But this completely different dedication appears in my old Corgi (UK) paperback:]
With gratitude to
JENNET JOHNSON, who taught
me how to write the short story,
and to SNOW LONGLEY HOUSH,
who taught me poetry
at Los Angeles High School
a long time ago,
who helped with this novel
not so long ago
R IS FOR ROCKET (1962)
I dedicate this book to all boys who wonder about the Past, run swiftly in the Present, and have high hopes for our Future. [from the introduction.]
THE MACHINERIES OF JOY (1964)
who cried when she heard
that the Hound of the
Baskervilles was dead …
Who snorted at the same news …
who laughed …
And for Alexandra,
who told everyone to
just get out of the way …
This book, dear daughters,
with four different kinds
of love, for you.
THE VINTAGE BRADBURY (1965)
S IS FOR SPACE (1966)
For Charles Beaumont
who lived in that little house
halfway up in the next block
most of my life
And for Bill Nolan
and Bill Idelson, friend of Rush Gook
and for Paul Condylis …
I SING THE BODY ELECTRIC! (1969)
This book, a bit late in the
day, but with admiration, affection,
and friendship, is for
THE WONDERFUL ICE CREAM SUIT AND OTHER PLAYS (1972)
This book is dedicated to Charles Rome Smith … [from the introduction]
WHEN ELEPHANTS LAST IN THE DOORYARD BLOOMED (1973)
THIS ONE TO THE MEMORY OF
MY GRANDMOTHER MINNIE DAVIS BRADBURY AND MY GRANDFATHER SAMUEL HINKSTON BRADBURY, AND MY BROTHER SAMUEL AND MY SISTER ELIZABETH JANE, LONG LOST IN THE YEARS BUT NOW REMEMBERED.
THE HALLOWEEN TREE (1972)
With love for
MADAME MAN’HA GARREAU-DOMBASLE
met twenty-seven years
ago in the graveyard at
midnight on the Island
of Janitzio at Lake Patzcuaro,
Mexico, and remembered
on each anniversary of
The Day of the Dead.
PILLAR OF FIRE AND OTHER PLAYS (1975)
This book is dedicated to Kirk Mee … [from the Introduction]
LONG AFTER MIDNIGHT (1976)
This book, with love, is dedicated to William F. Nolan, amazing collector, fantastic researcher, dear friend.
WHERE ROBOT MICE AND ROBOT MEN RUN ROUND IN ROBOT TOWNS (1977)
AGAIN FOR MARGUERITE/MAGGIE—BECAUSE OF THIRTY-SIX YEARS
THE STORIES OF RAY BRADBURY (1980)
No dedication (unless it is embedded in the long introduction).
THE HAUNTED COMPUTER AND THE ANDROID POPE (1981)
WITH LOVE FOR MY GRANDDAUGHTER, JULIA, WHOSE FACE PROMISES ME IMMORTALITY
DINOSAUR TALES (1983)
To Willis O’Brien
Who Animated the Beasts in The Lost World
in 1925, and So Changed My Life, Forever.
A MEMORY OF MURDER (1984)
[No dedication. Bradbury didn’t like the idea of the book, but Dell had the reprint rights, so he couldn’t stop it. He did write an introduction—probably reluctantly. Bradbury is quite apologetic about the stories in the collection and asks the reader to judge them kindly!]
DEATH IS A LONELY BUSINESS (1985)
who caused it to happen.
And to the memory
of Raymond Chandler, Dashiell Hammett,
James M. Cain, and Ross MacDonald.
And to my friends and teachers
Leigh Brackett and Edmond Hamilton;
THE TOYNBEE CONVECTOR (1988)
And this one, with love, to my granddaughters,
JULIA and CLAIRE and GEORGIA and MALLORY
A GRAVEYARD FOR LUNATICS (1990)
With love, to the living:
who showed me how to solve my own mystery
my daughter, who cleaned up after us,
who told me I was a writer when I was fourteen
And to the dead:
ROUBEN MAMOULIAN, GEORGE CUKOR,
JOHN HUSTON, BILL SKALL, FRITZ LANG,
and JAMES WONG HOWE
for obvious reasons
GREEN SHADOWS, WHITE WHALE (1992)
WITH LOVE AND GRATITUDE
TO KATHY HOURIGAN,
WHO HELPED MAP DUBLIN
AND TO REGINA FERGUSON,
WHO SHEPHERDED MY FAMILY
THROUGH THAT COLD IRISH WINTER
AND TO THE MEMORY OF
HEEBER FINN, NICK (MIKE) MY TAXI
DRIVER, AND ALL THE BOYOS IN THE PUB,
AND TO THE PROPRIETOR OF THE
ROYAL HIBERNIAN HOTEL, HECTOR FABRON,
AND PADDY THE MAÎTRE D’
AND ALL THE HOTEL STAFF,
LONG IN COMING
QUICKER THAN THE EYE (1996)
To Donn Albright, my Golden Retriever, with love
DRIVING BLIND (1997)
With undying love to the early-arriving granddaughters, JULIA, CLAIRE, GEORGIA, and MALLORY.
And to the late-arriving grandsons, DANIEL, CASEY-RAY, SAMUEL and THEODORE.
AHMED AND THE OBLIVION MACHINES (1998)
With Love and Gratitude
to Chris Lane,
whose imaginative sketches for
Tokyo Movie Shinsa’s
LITTLE NEMO IN SLUMBERLAND
caused this book to be born.
FROM THE DUST RETURNED (2001)
To the two midwives of this book:
who was in at the beginning in 1946,
and Jennifer Brehl,
who helped to bring it to completion in 2000.
With gratitude and love.
ONE MORE FOR THE ROAD (2002)
To DONALD HARKINS,
dear friend, dearly remembered
This book is dedicated
with love and gratitude to
FORREST J. ACKERMAN
who took me out of high school and got me started on
my writing career way back in 1937
LET’S ALL KILL CONSTANCE (2003)
This book is dedicated
to my duaghter
without whose help
the Third Millennium
Might never have arrived.
BRADBURY STORIES: 100 OF HIS MOST CELEBRATED TALES (2003)
WITH LOVE TO MY THREE SAMUELS:
Number One, in the past,
SAMUEL HINKSTON BRADBURY, my grandfather.
Number Two, in the present,
SAMUEL HANDLEMAN, my grandson.
Number Three, in the future,
SAM WELLER, who is writing my life.
THE CAT’S PAJAMAS (2004)
Always and forever the cat’s pajamas
FAREWELL SUMMER (2006)
With love to John Huff,
alive many years after
NOW AND FOREVER (2007)
for Anne Hardin and Katherine Hepburn,
[Note: this dedication appears to apply only to the first novella in the book, “Somewhere a Band Is Playing”]
SUMMER MORNING, SUMMER NIGHT (2008)
To Jon Eller with love.
WE’LL ALWAYS HAVE PARIS (2009)
With love to my lifetime friend
who is buried in Paris
A PLEASURE TO BURN (2010)
douglasSP, a few additions:
1. SWITCH ON THE NIGHT (1955): "for SUSAN MARGUERITE and RAMONA ANNE with love"
2. OCTOBER COUNTRY (1955): the U.S. first edition also contain the dedication, "for who else but August Derleth"
3. "THE CIRCUS OF DR. LAO AND OTHER IMPROBABLE STORIES" (1956); Ray edited this collection of stories written by other authors. At the end of his introduction, he writes: " This collection is dedicated to Saul David, of Bantam Books, who waited three years for the mountain to deliver forth the mouse; and to William F. Nolan, for suggestions and help all down the line."
4. SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES (1962): The U.S. first edition has the same dedication as the Corgi (UK) paperback.
5. ZEN AND THE ART OF WRITING (1973): "to my finest teacher, Jennet Johnson, with love."
6. TWIN HIEROGLYPHS THAT SWIM THE RIVER DUST ((1978): "For my daughter, ALEXANDRA, with all my love".
7. THIS ATTIC WHERE THE MEADOW GREENS (1979): "Remembering the long green and lovely summers in Wisconsin from 1927 through 1933......this one, with love, is for my Aunt Arthurine and my Cousin Vivian and to the memory of my Uncle Inar who seemed so splendid when I was a child that I gave him green wings and flew him away forever in my tales."
8. THE LAST CIRCUS AND THE ELECTROCUTION (1980): "With love to Bruce Francis and Donn Abright because...."
9. THE STORIES OF RAY BRADBURY (1980): the U.S. first edition dedication reads, "And this one, with love, for Nancy Nicolas and Robert Gottlieb, whose arguments about favorites put this book together".
10. A MEMORY OF MURDER (1984): At the end of his introduction, Ray dedicates the book to Leigh Brackett: "I hope that her dear ghost will not mind that this book and its stories are dedicated to her with love."
11. YESTERMORROW (1991): "For WALT DISNEY, who started me on this journey whenI was seven, and to all the others who helped me continue the journey at Disney Imagineering: ROY DISNEY JR., JOHN HENCH, JOHN DECUIR JR.,MARTY SKLAR, VAN ROMANS, MARC DAVIS and TIM DELANEY. and JON JERDE, who convinced me, late in life, that I was some sort of creative consultant, and JODY GREENWALD who dropped me on wires down out of the Shubert Theater flies to land me in a world of Designers, and CAROL SOUCEK KING and WALTON BROWN who caught me and tossed me into the pages of Designers West, to all, my gratitude and love..."
Anyone else have any addition or changes?This message has been edited. Last edited by: Richard,
Richard, thanks so much for your additions!
I forgot that Ray had edited two anthologies. I have a Bantam edition of TIMELESS STORIES FOR TODAY AND TOMORROW (1952), but I can't spot any dedication, even though I scanned through the long introduction.
I've seen that dedication to THE STORIES OF RAY BRADBURY. I can only assume that it's in the Granada (UK) edition as well, but that one is so deep in a box somewhere that I didn't think it was worth trying to find it.
And THE MEMORY OF MURDER one: well spotted!
And there you have my six hundredth post! It's taken seventeen years, but still!This message has been edited. Last edited by: douglasSP,
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