Times article on DWJ/Conrad's Fate

Allison Marles apm at alumni.uwaterloo.ca
Mon Mar 14 16:57:00 EST 2005


On Mon, Mar 14, 2005 at 09:52:18PM -0000, Anna Zofia Skarzynska wrote:
> I thought it meant that JKR was compared unfavourably with DWJ. (or is it
> 'compared to'?)
> 
> Ania
> 

That is correct.  But not knowing the A. S. Byatt reference, I didn't
realise that mentioned DWJ and thus I misinterpreted the whole 
thing.

Allison

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> ----- 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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