J.K. Rowling : a biography / Connie Ann Kirk.

By: Kirk, Connie AnnMaterial type: TextTextSeries: Greenwood biographies: Publisher: Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 2003Description: xiii, 141 p. : ill. ; 24 cmISBN: 0313322058 (alk. paper); 9780313322051 (alk. paper); 0313039445; 9780313039447Other title: Joanne K. Rowling | Joanne Kathleen RowlingSubject(s): Rowling, J. K | Authors, English -- 20th century -- Biography | Potter, Harry (Fictitious character) | Children's stories -- AuthorshipDDC classification: 823/.914 | B LOC classification: PR6068.O93 | Z739 2003
Contents:
Origins and contexts -- Early life and family -- School years -- Early career -- Life of Harry Potter -- Controversies and criticism -- Conclusion -- Appendix A: J.K. Rowling timeline -- Appendix B: J.K. Rowling's awards -- Appendix C: J.K. Rowling's reading -- Appendix D: Organizations important to J.K. Rowling -- Appendix E: Addresses for J.K. Rowling.
Summary: This unofficial biographical study of J.K. Rowling invites fans and critics alike to take a close look at the person behind the phenomenon. Annotation. Suitable for high school students and undergraduates, this brief biography examines the life and work of /Harry Potter/ creator J.K. Rowling. Her books, and the controversies and acclaim surrounding them, are situated in the contexts of the fantasy genre and popular culture, and placed against the background of the author's life.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [127]-138) and index.

Origins and contexts -- Early life and family -- School years -- Early career -- Life of Harry Potter -- Controversies and criticism -- Conclusion -- Appendix A: J.K. Rowling timeline -- Appendix B: J.K. Rowling's awards -- Appendix C: J.K. Rowling's reading -- Appendix D: Organizations important to J.K. Rowling -- Appendix E: Addresses for J.K. Rowling.

This unofficial biographical study of J.K. Rowling invites fans and critics alike to take a close look at the person behind the phenomenon. Annotation. Suitable for high school students and undergraduates, this brief biography examines the life and work of /Harry Potter/ creator J.K. Rowling. Her books, and the controversies and acclaim surrounding them, are situated in the contexts of the fantasy genre and popular culture, and placed against the background of the author's life.

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Gr 9 Up-In a preface, Kirk discusses her sources; she obtained every biography in print, watched or read transcripts of every available live or taped interview, and searched the Internet. Data is presented in seven chapters, five appendixes, and a bibliography that sorts resources into several sections. Although there is information about the author herself, the majority of the content is devoted to analyzing her writing. Chapter one likens Rowling to Harry Potter in that they both went from rags to riches. Her work is compared to a number of genres and series in both children's and adult literature. Throughout, Kirk follows up facts with speculations as to their meaning or significance and/or possible outcomes that may occur. For example, after describing Hermione in Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale, Kirk says, "Only time will tell if any similarities to Shakespeare's Hermione will pop up for her namesake in the Harry Potter novels." One chapter compares Rowling's books to other fantasy novels and discusses the banning of her books for endorsing witchcraft, the occult, and/or devil worship. The scholarly writing style and evaluative content make this volume useful to high school students studying Rowling and her work.-Kathleen Simonetta, Indian Trails Public Library District, Wheeling, IL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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CONNIE ANN KIRK is an author and independent scholar specializing in American and children's literature and the poet, Emily Dickinson. Her books from Greenwood Press include: J.K. Rowling: A Biography , Emily Dickinson: A Biography , Mark Twain: A Biography , Sylvia Plath: A Biography , and The Companion to American Children's Picture Books .

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