Times article on DWJ/Conrad's Fate

Allison Marles 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
former, DWJ.


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