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Harry Potter's Bookshelf: The Great Books behind the Hogwarts Adventures Paperback – July 7, 2009
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John Granger is an author, speaker, and professor. A graduate of the University of Chicago, where he studied classical languages and literature, he uses Harry Potter to teach English literature online at HogwartsProfessor.com. He is a frequent speaker at academic and fan conferences and has been interviewed as a "Harry Potter expert" in the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, CNN, and the DVD of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. He and his wife, Mary, have seven children.
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John does a great job highlighting the classic symbolism throughout the series as well as some of the authors Mrs. Rowling incorporated into the story.
I plan to read some of the other books John has written as well.
The new "Harry Potter's Bookshelf" updates and confirms John's earlier analysis, but widens the field to show Potter's strong connections to what seems like practically all of English literature. Austin, Dickens, Shakespeare, Bronte, E. Nesbit, Dracula, Tom Brown's Schooldays, Gulliver's Travels, Pilgrim's Progress, The Secret Garden, Lord Peter Wimsey, The Brothers Karamazov, ... the hits just keep on coming! (And not just big names - the "Bookshelf" includes surprises like the obscure "The Little White Horse", which Rowling described as her childhood favorite and most direct influence on her Harry Potter series.)
This "Bookshelf" is truly jam-packed with good stuff, while staying fun and fast-paced to read - a whirlwind tour rather than a pedantic plod. I don't think John Granger will have too many doubters this time around, as his work has become even more direct, well-documented, and convincing. His literary targets are hit dead-on - then resurrected within the Potter corpus, drawing readers in both directions.
This book would be a good resource for literature teachers seeking to compile suggested reading lists. Any parent, librarian or teacher could use this book to suggest additional reading for kids and teens. Every good book should start a chain reaction of reading that never stops!