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J. K. Rowling

(b. 1965) English novelist

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Bildungsroman

Bildungsroman  

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The term applied to novels of ‘education’ (in the widest sense), of which many of the best examples are German. Wieland's Agathon (1765–6) is usually thought of as the first example of the genre, but ...
Children's Literature

Children's Literature  

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“Language,” Loren Eiseley wrote, “implies boundaries. A word spoken creates a dog, a rabbit, a man. It fixes their nature before our eyes.” What does well for a rabbit or ...
crossover Books

crossover Books  

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A term that came to prominence in the 1990s, used to describe books such as J. K. Rowling's ‘Harry Potter’ series and Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy, originally published ...
Cultures of Reading

Cultures of Reading  

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Kelvin EverestIt's temptingly easy to assume that people read less, less intelligently, more narrowly, somehow less seriously, than they used to. As Gore Vidal has said, there are no ...
Harry Potter

Harry Potter  

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Hero of the children's fantasy stories by J. K. Rowling, Harry Potter, who has been grudgingly brought up by his aunt and uncle, attends Hogwarts, a boarding school for wizards, to learn how to fight ...
J. R. R. Tolkien

J. R. R. Tolkien  

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(1892–1973)British scholar and author, whose novels The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogy became international best-sellers.Tolkien was educated at King Edward VI School, Birmingham, and ...
Lemony Snicket

Lemony Snicket  

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(1970–), American author, whose real name is Daniel Handler, of A Series of Unfortunate Events, which started with The Bad Beginning (1999). Tongue-in- cheek advisories—in the publicity, on the ...
Rowling, J. K.

Rowling, J. K. (1965)   Quick reference

World Encyclopedia

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She is the author of seven children's books about the adventures of Harry Potter, a young wizard, beginning with

Rowling, J. K.

Rowling, J. K.   Reference library

The Oxford Encyclopedia of British Literature

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In 1997, with the publication of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, J. K. Rowling joined a well-established

Rowling, J. K.

Rowling, J. K.   Reference library

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Children's Literature

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(1965–), the British children's author responsible for the “Harry Potter Phenomenon,” born in Gloucestershire, England. Joanne K. Rowling

school stories

school stories  

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A genre associated with writing for children. The earliest examples—beginning with Sarah Fielding's The Governess, or Little Female Academy (1749)—were essentially didactic. The basic elements of the ...

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