Sep 06, 2011

by English Muse

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On Friday, I picked up a copy of Jonathan Safran Foer’s book, “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close.”

As always, the first thing I did was look at his dedication page. I’m sentimental that way.

He wrote: “For Nicole, My Idea of Beautiful.”

Hmm, I wondered, who is this beautiful Nicole?

On Saturday, I stopped in the bookstore to pick up a couple magazines.
I spotted a copy of Nicole Krauss’ “The History of Love.”

I started to flip through the pages. It occurred to me: Is it possible Krause is The Nicole.

The answer was on her dedication page:
“For Jonathan, my life.”

Maybe everyone in the world knows that they’re married, but I guess it was new to me.

So I wanted to tell you…

(Photo from the lovely PoppyTalk blog.)


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36 Responses to “Writers in Love”

  1. Love dedication pages! They’re both such wonderful writers too!

  2. Ashley says:

    I love discovering things like that! I didn’t know they were married either. But I did love “The History of Love”.

  3. Liv says:

    I didn’t know! I’ve wanted to read her book, but now I must. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close is one of my all-time favorites.

  4. Alaina says:

    Oh wow, Extremely Loud is one of those books I read at least once a year but I had no idea they were married. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Kacie says:

    This totally made my day. Talk about ROMANCE! Lovely. Thanks for sharing

    A Collection of Passions

  6. Katie says:

    That’s exactly how I felt when I learned they were married. Other people know? Why doesn’t everyone delightedly exclaim about it?
    For the record, I’ve only known for a few weeks.

  7. Micaela says:

    Aww Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close is my favorite book ever! So beautifully written; same with The History of Love. I didn’t know that they were married when I read Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, but I found out right before I read The History of Love. They are perfect for each other… same writing style and everything.

  8. Interesting post – I am not familiar with the authors and shall look for them on amazon
    Thanks for sharing this.
    Helen x

  9. How sweet and romantic. I love “The History of Love”.

  10. Kolbie says:

    That’s so cool! I totally didn’t know that and I read both of them. Haha.

  11. alicia says:

    I don’t know how this slipped my mind for the book recommendations post, but this post suddenly reminded me of how much I love Alain de Botton’s “On Love” (or sometimes seen published as “Essays on Love”). It’s one of the greatest love stories I’ve ever read.

  12. laurie b says:

    wow. so romantic. to be each other’s muse. what could be better for any creative soul?!

  13. Diana says:

    I found that out when I read his non-fiction text ‘Eating Animals.’ Also, I kind of have an author crush on him. He seems very geek chic.

  14. Luli says:

    So sweet. So romantic. I always go to the dedication page. It’s my favorite part of starting a new book. Sigh. The book I’m reading right now “French Kissing” by Catherine Sanderson has this as a dedication: “for M, the online date who became my husband.”

  15. That really is romantic. Wouldn’t it be cool to have that kind of dedication made to you?

  16. Molly says:

    They are the sweetest. My favorite writing couple.

  17. Samantha says:

    YAYY! i am so glad you bought my book recommendation. i love it so, so much and hope you will too! i also have to say that i love jonathan’s writing far better than his wife’s. i felt the history of love to be a bit contrived and full of corny sentences that sound like they came right out of a nicholas sparks book!


  18. Wow, i love your blog header! 🙂 Esp. the pink Jane Eyre book and typewriter. Did you create that blog banner yourself? It’s real cool 🙂

  19. olivia says:

    love that! I wonder what the inside of my book would say.. not that I have a book 🙂 but if I did…

  20. Tina says:

    wow! off to check out her book!

  21. Tina says:

    Thank you! Yes, I put it together. The pink peonies are from Trader Joes. And the dress forms were in a shop window in Venice, CA….My friend Candice in Paris took the photos of the Jane Eyre book. She was so lovely to let me use them! Her blog is here:

  22. Tina says:

    I know! It’s the writer’s equivalent of giving an Oscar speech.

  23. Naomi Bulger says:

    I love it. You’re like the romance detective! What a sweet discovery.

  24. Franziska says:

    And isn’t it all the nicer to discover it this way?! 😀 smiles, F.

  25. Bethany says:

    That’s so lovely – thanks for sharing. x

  26. Jess Lucas says:

    OH MY GOODNESS!!! thats so amazing, I have loved both of these books separately and its so nice to think that I can love them together now 🙂
    Jess x

  27. Karen says:

    Aww, that is too awesome. I didn’t have a clue they are married. Two of my favourite authors. Cool.

  28. Krissy says:

    Aw, that’s kind of cute! Such a fun little discovery.

    (How are you liking Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close so far? It’s one of my favourites. He’s one of my favourite authors too.)

  29. Mary Beth says:

    Oh, that is so sweet! I love this!

  30. Linda says:

    That’s beautiful, i didn’t know they were married, and that’s such a wonderful way to find out! I’m very curious of what you think of the book!

  31. Sarah says:

    Awww that gave me a little heart swelling feeling! I love dedications and acknowledgments too. Sometimes acknowledgments make me a little teary eyed seeing how much work was put into a book! Also, my favorite daydream is writing my own acknowledgments in my head- usually do this when I should be actually writing the book for those acknowledgments. 🙂

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