The unprecedented popularity of the Harry Potter books took
the publishing world by storm and captured the imaginations of readers around the world. This unofficial biographical study
of J. K. Rowling invites fans and critics alike to take a close look at the person behind the phenomenon, the facts of her
life as a writer, and the extraordinary success of an ordinary woman.^L This detailed book explores both the critical acclaim
and the controversies surrounding Rowling's books and the characters, who seem to have found a life of their own. Chapters
take the reader from Rowling's early childhood in England through her school years, friendships, and early influences, tracing
her family life, her travels and personal relationships, and the development of her career as a writer. The Harry Potter books
are carefully considered against the backdrop of the fantasy genre and are also situated within the broader framework of popular
culture. A bibliography provides reviews, critical articles, biographical sources, and related Web site information. A timeline
highlights the events of Rowling's life and career. Other appendices cite the many awards her books have received around the
Also included are lists of her special literary and humanitarian interests.
Preface - Introduction - Early Life and
Family - Education - Early Career - The Life of Harry Potter - Controversies and Criticism - Conclusion - Appendices: Timeline,
Awards, J. K. Rowling's Reading, Organizations Important to J. K. Rowling, J. K. Rowling Addresses - Bibliography - Web Sites
This unofficial biographical study of J. K. Rowling invites fans and critics alike to take a close look at
the person behind the phenomenon.