Ursula K. Le Guin - WikipediaLe Guin, and thus discovered the person who would become one of my favorite authors of all time. I decided that night I would read one. It was gorgeous. I was hooked. The way Le Guin combines philosophy, anthropology, and a depth of compassion is completely unique to her writing. But please, wait no longer. She will change your reading life.
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She is best known for her works of speculative fiction , including science fiction works set in her Hainish universe , and the Earthsea fantasy series. She was first published in , and her literary career spanned nearly sixty years, yielding more than twenty novels and over a hundred short stories , in addition to poetry, literary criticism , translations, and children's books. Frequently described as an author of science fiction, Le Guin has also been called a "major voice in American Letters",  and herself said she would prefer to be known as an "American novelist". Having earned a master's degree in French, Le Guin began doctoral studies but abandoned these after her marriage in to historian Charles Le Guin. She began writing full-time in the late s and achieved major critical and commercial success with A Wizard of Earthsea and The Left Hand of Darkness , which have been described by Harold Bloom as her masterpieces.
From 'Earthsea' to 'Hain,' here's where to start with the great writer's oeuvre. The influential fantasy and science-fiction author Ursula K. Her death is a sad moment for literature fans everywhere, but she left behind a literary treasure trove for the ages.
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The Telling by Ursula K. Le Guin - Review
Ursula K. Le Guin, the world renowned science fiction and fantasy writer, has reportedly died at her home in Oregon at the age of Best known for her Earthsea Fantasy series and the Hainish Cycle, Le Guin will be remembered not only for her numerous awards and accolades, but for her lasting influence on the genre, in which she elegantly explored themes around gender, social justice and geopolitics. Here are some of her most notable works. Set on the mythical island of Gont, the great wizard Sparrowhawk must destroy the evil spirit he inadvertently let loose on the land.
One of her earliest works, this novel is set in the world of Earthsea, an archipelago of islands, and follows the coming of age of the young wizard, Ged, from the island of Gont. Ged is whisked away by a great mage, Ogion, and studies at a school for wizardry. Sounds familiar? Ostensibly stories for children, they are deeper and wiser than many adult novels. Set in the Hainish universe, to which Le Guin would return in other novels, The Left Hand of Darkness tells of Genly Ai, an emissary to the planet of Winter, or Gethen, who is inviting its people to join the Ekumen, a coalition of planets. Winner of both the Hugo and the Nebula awards, it both forces a re-examination of gender in the reader and, later, becomes a helter-skelter adventure, as Genly is imprisoned and his Gethenian friend, Estraven, sets out to rescue him. The real world.