Popular Contemporary Writers - Vol. 9

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J. K.
ROWLING

BORN: July 31, 1965, Chipping Sodbury, Gloucestershire, England

IDENTIFICATION: English writer of children's books who is best known for the Harry Potter series.

SIGNIFICANCE: The unprecedented demand for J. K. Rowling's fantasy series has challenged long-held beliefs about children's reading habits. As of 2005, almost 200 million copies had been sold, with translations into 55 languages and distribution in over 200 countries. The books, each of which chronicles one year of Harry's school life, depict a battle between good and evil through a coming-of-age story in a magical world embedded within the real one. The series, not yet concluded in 2005, follows Harry's experiences in a way that appeals to children and adults alike. Harry Potter's world has taken on a life of its own, with legions of dedicated fans and interested scholars striving to discover what makes this boy special.

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  • Title Page 1153
  • Contents 1155
  • Anna Quindlen 1157
  • Jorge Ramos 1171
  • Ruth Rendell 1181
  • Anne Rice 1197
  • J. K. Rowling 1215
  • Carl Sagan 1233
  • Michael Shaara Jeff Shaara 1247
  • Neil Simon 1263
  • Jane Smiley 1279
  • Index 1295
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