Retort directed toward A S Byatt's comments
July 26, 2003 at 11:27 AM ET
Wizard News (via Ithaca Journal)
David Rossie writes in an eloquent and yet (in equal measure) a harsh tone, in one place stating offhandedly that he thinks, because Rowling is "dripping" in numerous awards and accolades for her accomplished set of novels, Byatt is displaying a outward sense of professional jealousy.
But no matter. I must yearn for them, subconsciously at least, because that is a profile, as determined by Byatt, of an adult who has enjoyed reading the Harry Potter books. To which I plead guilty.
I'd never heard of A.S. Byatt until her lengthy analysis of adult Potter fans recently showed up on the op-ed page of The New York Times. In fact, and this probably confirms my low-brow status, I assumed, until a female colleague set me straight, that A.S. was a man.
Turns out she is, like J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter's creator, an acclaimed author and, unlike Rowling, one dripping with academic honors. I also suspect that her book royalties may be minuscule compared with Rowling's, but it would be crass to suggest there is a bit of professional jealousy in her assessment.