Modern English literature
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As Business Week put it, it's "Harry Potter and the Tower of Profits. " PEOPLE’S ATTITUDE TO HARRY POTTER NOVELS Almost as soon as Barry Cunningham met J. K.
Rowling in 1996, the first-time author was talking about what she wanted to do next. And next and next. Cunningham, editorial director at Bloomsbury Children's Books in London, had recently agreed to publish Rowling's initial effort, an overlong children's novel about an aspiring wizard.
"At our first meeting," he recalls, "before we finished the first course in the restaurant, we had one of those conversations that you remember years later. " "How do you feel about sequels? " Rowling asked Cunningham.
"When a first novelist says that to an editor," he says now, "you're always slightly worried. " Cunningham pointed out that the first book hadn't even been published yet, but Rowling replied that she had seven books in mind. "She was obviously bursting to say it," he says.
"And what convinced me that we were on the right track is that she knew what Harry was going to do every successive year of his life until he left school. " That intricacy is at the heart of what has turned into the biggest book story bridging the millennia. Rowling's wizard Harry Potter and his elaborately complete world have become, in three short years, ubiquitous, breaking through every conceivable barrier.
In the London Underground recent Saturday afternoon, a small boy exclaimed to his brother, " Look, it's Harry Potter," upon spying a reader (me) several decades his senior reading one of the books. We spent the next five minutes discussing the relative merits of the series' first and second books. Later, I tried to recall the last time I'd had a literary exchange with strangers on the tube, let alone junior strangers.
The answer was never. Rowling's success has turned nonreaders into Harry addicts, and .Скачать