Ursula Kroeber Le Guin (born October 21, 1929) is an American author of novels, children's books, and short stories, mainly in the genres of fantasy and science fiction. She has also written poetry and essays. First published in the 1960s, her work has often depicted futuristic or imaginary alternative worlds in politics, natural environment, gender, religion, sexuality and ethnography.

She was influenced by fantasy writers like J. R. R. Tolkien, by science fiction writers like Philip K. Dick, by central figures of Western literature like Leo Tolstoy, Virgil and the Brontë sisters, and including feminist writers like Virginia Woolf, by children's literature like Alice in Wonderland, The Wind in the Willows, The Jungle Book, by Norse mythology, and by books from the Eastern tradition such as the Tao Te Ching. In turn, she influenced such Booker Prize winners and other writers, as Salman Rushdie and David Mitchell – and notable futurism and fantasy writers like Neil Gaiman and Iain Banks. She has won the Hugo Award, Nebula Award, Locus Award, and World Fantasy Award, each more than once.

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Ursula Le Guin Poems

The Maenads

Somewhere I read
that when they finally staggered off the mountain
into some strange town, past drunk,
hoarse, half naked, blear-eyed,... more »

Ursula Le Guin Quotes

He is far too intelligent to become really cerebral.
Ursula K. Le Guin (b. 1929), U.S. author. repr. In Dancing at the Edge of the World (1989). "Review of Difficult Loves by Italo Calvino," Washington Post Book World (Nov. 18, 1984). Speaking of Italo Calvino.
If science fiction is the mythology of modern technology, then its myth is tragic.
Ursula K. Le Guin (b. 1929), U.S. author. repr. In Dancing at the Edge of the World (1989). "The Carrier Bag Theory of Fiction," (written 1986), first published in Women of Vision, ed. Denise M. Du Pont (1988).
In so far as one denies what is, one is possessed by what is not, the compulsions, the fantasies, the terrors that flock to fill the void.
Ursula K. Le Guin (b. 1929), U.S. author. The Lathe of Heaven, ch. 10 (1971).

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