Times article on DWJ/Conrad's Fate

Jadwiga Zajaczkowa / Jenne Heise jenne at fiedlerfamily.net
Mon Mar 14 16:11:24 EST 2005

> I was quite affronted by their misuse of "latter", when I believe they
> meant "former".
>     "The quality of Wynne Jones's imagination is often compared to
>     that of J. K. Rowling -- to the detriment of the latter in the
>     case of a notorious attack by A. S. Byatt when the fifth Harry
>     Potter novel was published."

My brain hurts.

Here's the quote, I think:

"Ms. Rowling's world is a secondary secondary world, made up of 
intelligently patchworked derivative motifs from all sorts of children's 
literature -- from the jolly hockey-sticks school story to Roald Dahl, 
from "Star Wars" to Diana Wynne Jones and Susan Cooper."

Sure sounds like it's denigrating Rowling, who would be the second of 
the two authors mentioned in the original quote, and thus the latter. 

But I may be reading the mess wrong?

-- Jadwiga Zajaczkowa, Knowledge Pika jenne at fiedlerfamily.net 
"Information wants to be a Socialist... not a Communist or a 
Republican." - Karen Schneider

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