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Essay, Biography or Paragraph on “J.K. Rowling” great author complete biography for Class 10, Class 12 and Graduation and other classes.

J.K. Rowling

(1965)

J.K. Rowling is a well – known British author of children’s books. Rowling was born in Chipping Sodbury, South Gloucestershire, and educated a Whedean Comporehensive School and Exeter University. After she graduated from Exeter University , she found work as a secretary, and later spent time teaching English in Portugal before moving to Edinburgh, Scotland, with her daughter. She currently resides in Scotland with her husband and two children.

Rowling  began writing her Harry Potter series in 1990, and from the beginning it was planned as a seven – book sequence, one book  for each ‘ear of Harry’s secondary-school career at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.’ The print-run for the first book, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (1997), was 7,000; it won the Smarties Prize in 1997 and sales took off, so that 75,000 copies were printed in the UK alone for the third book, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (1999). By 2000 the books (including the second in the series, The Chamber of Secrets) had sold more than 30 million copies in 31 languages, and the fourth book, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, broke every record for sales, with nearly 6 million copies in print worldwide on publication day. Rowling was the world’s highest-earning author for 2000. The books combine two powerful genres—the school story and magical fantasy—but Rowling’s treatment of these is almost entirely original. She does not avoid serious issues, such as self-sacrifice, and death, and the series has successfully crossed the boundary between adults’ and children’s books. 1998, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone was published in the United States, kicking off Harry-mania. Suddenly, kids were reading again, and their parents wanted to read the same books! The second and third books were published in the spring and fall of 1999. Harry Potter’s magic has touched a huge audience of all ages all over the world. In America, there are nearly 80 million books in print, and each title has been on The New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestseller lists. The fifth title, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, has already broken records with its first print run of 6.8 million copies and a second print run of an additional 1.7 million copies, a figure unprecedented for any book.

J. K. Rowling has won the Hugo Award, the Bram Stoker Award, the Whitbread Award for Best Children’s Book, a special commendation for the Anne Spencer Lindbergh Prize, and a special certificate for being a three-year winner of the Smarties Prize, as well as many other honours.

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