Times article on DWJ/Conrad's Fate
apm at alumni.uwaterloo.ca
Mon Mar 14 16:26:17 EST 2005
On Mon, Mar 14, 2005 at 04:11:24PM -0500, Jadwiga Zajaczkowa / Jenne Heise wrote:
> > 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?
Not knowing the quote, I interpreted that paragraph to mean that DWJ's
imagination and JKR's were often compared (and I assumed this meant as
similar), so that a negative review of JKR was to the detriment of the
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