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These packages were delivered to the company directors whose support would be needed to buy the book. They adored it, and Cunningham bought it the following day. An impediment to Rowling's sequel strategy was that, despite signing with Bloomsbury, she literally had no money.
Fortunately, in early 1997 she received an Ј8,000 ($13,000) grant from the Scottish Arts Council, which considers children's fiction as important as adult literature. (Rowling's application was graded with exceptionally high marks, according to Wallace: A, A, A B+, A-). Meanwhile, editorial discussions were proceeding about the first book: Should it be so long, and should it be illustrated throughout?
The length of the book was reduced only slightly, finally, but Cunningham initially considered sticking with the convention of providing illustration. " But Joanne felt from the beginning and I certainly agreed after I'd chatted to her that everybody wanted to have their own Harry in their mind," he says. Similarly, they talked about the cover.
Neither wanted an adult fantasy image, so they chose a fun children's cover. Interestingly, every country has its own look for Harry Potter. Rowling's favorite covers come from the Netherlands, where you don't actually see Harry's face.
In Britain, an additional "adult version" was released to assuage the concerns of the series' self-conscious older readers. It was when the American audience embraced Harry Potter that the entire phenomenon went over the top. In the first weekend of British publication last summer, for instance, 20,000 copies of book three, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, reportedly were imported to the States via the Internet; and in its first two weeks of official U.
S. publication in fall 1999, it sold half a million copies.Скачать