Times article on DWJ/Conrad's Fate

Anna Zofia Skarzynska ania at gnomic.freeserve.co.uk
Mon Mar 14 16:52:18 EST 2005


I thought it meant that JKR was compared unfavourably with DWJ. (or is it
'compared to'?)

Ania


----- Original Message -----
From: "Allison Marles" <apm at alumni.uwaterloo.ca>
To: <dwj at suberic.net>
Sent: Monday, March 14, 2005 9:26 PM
Subject: Re: Times article on DWJ/Conrad's Fate


> 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.
>
> Allison
>
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