What is this article saying!!!!!!!!!!The Editors Tail http://www.nytimes.com/2005/07/14/opinion/14kenney.html what is the claim???why did he...

What is this article saying!!!!!!!!!!

The Editors Tail


what is the claim???
why did he write it?

Expert Answers
jmj616 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

As the previous answerer explained, the author of this essay makes the humorous claim that he was a publisher who had a chance to buy the original Harry Potter manuscript but didn't "go for it" because he didn't think it would be popular. 

Why did the author write this story?

First and foremost, it's good for a few good laughs, and we could all use a few of those.

Perhaps the author also wants to remind us, in a humorous way, that it is very difficult to predict which books will become popular.

Herman Melville, for example, wrote his novel Moby-Dick in 1851.  At the time, few people recognized its greatness.  It was not until the 1920's that critics re-read it and began to call it "The Great American Novel."   

pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

This seems to me to be an attempt at humor written around the time that "Half-Blood Prince" was coming out.

What the author is claiming is that he used to work for a publisher.  When he worked there, he had the chance to buy the rights to the first Harry Potter book for his publisher.  But he decided it was no good and so he rejected it.  He says this runs in the family because his father had rejected "Good Night Moon."

Anyway, he rejected the book, and he got fired.  Now his life is messed up (not allowed to have a cell phone) -- he's scaling fish for a living.