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Zadie Smith reads from her book On Beauty in 2005. (AP)

You Had Me At The First Page: Writers Who Fell For Each Other

by Lidia Jean Kott
Feb 14, 2013

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Lidia Jean Kott is an intern at NPR Books.

Last month on the HBO show Girls, Hannah (Lena Dunham), interrupts a romantic moment to ask Sandy (Donald Glover) if he has had the chance to read an essay she wrote. The mood changes. "I've just been so busy, I haven't been able to ..." In fact, he had read it — and didn't like it. By the end of the scene, they're no longer dating. In honor of Valentine's Day, here are three literary couples who not only read each other's work with pleasure — but also understood it and liked it, and even fell in love because of it. Unlike the romance of say, Dante and Beatrice, these relationships are all built on literary collaboration. And what could be more romantic than that?

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