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Ursula K(roeber) Le Guin (1929-) Biography

Career, Awards, Honors, Adaptations, SidelightsPersonal, Addresses, Member, Writings

Surname pronounced "Luh-Gwin"; born 1929, in Berkeley, CA; Education: Radcliffe College, A.B., 1951; Columbia University, A.M., 1952.

Office—P.O. Box 10541, Portland, OR 97296-0541. Agent—Virginia Kidd, P.O. Box 278, Milford, PA 18337.

Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, Authors League of America, Writers Guild, PEN, Science Fiction Research Association, Science Fiction Writers Association, Science Fiction Poetry Association, Writers Guild West, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Amnesty International of the USA, Nature Conservancy, National Organization for Women, National Abortion Rights Action League, Phi Beta Kappa.


Solomon Leviathan's Nine Hundred Thirty-first Trip around the World (originally published in collection Puffin's Pleasures; also see below), illustrated by Alicia Austin, Puffin Books (London, England), 1976, Cheap Street (New Castle, VA), 1983.

Leese Webster, illustrated by James Brunsman, Atheneum (New York, NY), 1979.

Adventures in Kroy, Cheap Street (New Castle, VA), 1982.

The Adventures of Cobbler's Rune, illustrated by Alicia Austin, Cheap Street (New Castle, VA), 1983.

A Visit from Dr. Katz (picture book), illustrated by Ann Barrow, Atheneum (New York, NY), 1988.

Fire and Stone, illustrated by Laura Marshell, Atheneum (New York, NY), 1989.

Fish Soup (picture book), illustrated by Patrick Wynne, Atheneum (New York, NY), 1992.

A Ride on the Red Mare's Back (picture book), illustrated by Julie Downing, Orchard Books (New York, NY), 1992.

Tom Mouse, illustrated by Julie Downing, Roaring Brook Press (Brookfield, CT), 2002.


A Wizard of Earthsea (also see below), illustrated by Ruth Robbins, Houghton (Boston, MA), 1968.

The Tombs of Atuan (also see below), illustrated by Gall Garraty, Atheneum (New York, NY), 1970.

The Farthest Shore (also see below), illustrated by Gall Garraty, Atheneum (New York, NY), 1972.

Earthsea (includes A Wizard of Earthsea, The Tombs of Atuan, and The Farthest Shore), Gollancz (London, England), 1977, published as The Earthsea Trilogy, Penguin (London, England), 1979.

Tehanu: The Last Book of Earthsea, Atheneum (New York, NY), 1990.

Tales from Earthsea, Harcourt (New York, NY), 2001.

The Other Wind, Harcourt (New York, NY), 2001.


Catwings, illustrated by S. D. Schindler, Orchard Books (New York, NY), 1988.

Catwings Return, illustrated by S. D. Schindler, Orchard Books (New York, NY), 1989.

Wonderful Alexander and the Catwings, illustrated by S. D. Schindler, Orchard Books (New York, NY), 1994.

Jane on Her Own: A Catwings Tale, illustrated by S. D. Schindler, Orchard Books (New York, NY), 1999.


Rocannon's World (bound with The Kar-Chee Reign by Avram Davidson; also see below), Ace Books (New York, NY), 1966.

Planet of Exile (bound with Mankind under the Lease by Thomas M. Disch; also see below), Ace Books (New York, NY), 1966.

City of Illusions (also see below), Ace Books (New York, NY), 1967.

The Left Hand of Darkness, Ace Books (New York, NY), 1969, with new afterword and appendixes by author, Walker (New York, NY), 1994.

The Lathe of Heaven, Scribner (New York, NY), 1971, reprinted, Perennial Classics (New York, NY), 2003.

The Dispossessed: An Ambiguous Utopia, Harper (New York, NY), 1974, reprinted, Perennial Classics (New York, NY), 2003.

Very Far Away from Anywhere Else, Atheneum (New York, NY), 1976, published as A Very Long Way from Anywhere Else, Gollancz (London, England), 1976.

Three Hainish Novels (includes Rocannon's World Planet of Exile, and City of Illusions; also see below), Doubleday (New York, NY), 1978.

Malafrena, Putnam (New York, NY), 1979.

The Beginning Place, Harper (New York, NY), 1980, published as Threshold, Gollancz (London, England), 1980.

The Eye of the Heron and Other Stories (includes novella originally published in collection Millennial Women; also see below), Harper (New York, NY), 1983.

The Visionary (bound with Wonders Hidden, by Scott R. Sanders), McGraw (New York, NY), 1984.

Always Coming Home (includes tape cassette of "Music and Poetry of the Kesh"; also see below), music by Todd Barton, illustrated by Margaret Chodos, diagrams by George Hersh, Harper (New York, NY), 1985, published without cassette, Bantam (New York, NY), 1987.

Worlds of Exile and Illusion (includes Rocannon's World, Planet of Exile, and City of Illusions), Orb (New York, NY), 1996.

The Telling, Harcourt (New York, NY), 2000.

Gifts, Harcourt (Orlando, FL), 2004.


Wild Angels (collection of early works), Capra (Santa Barbara, CA), 1974.

(With mother, Theodora K. Quinn) Tillai and Tylissos, Red Bull, 1979.

Torrey Pines Reserve (broadsheet), Lord John (Northridge, CA), 1980.

Hard Words and Other Poems, Harper (New York, NY), 1981.

(With Henk Pander) In the Red Zone, Lord John (Northridge, CA), 1983.

Wild Oats and Fireweed, Harper (New York, NY), 1988.

Blue Moon over Thurman Street, photographs by Roger Dorband, NewSage Press (Portland, OR), 1993.

Buffalo Gals, Won't You Come Out Tonight, illustrated by Susan Seddon Boulet, Pomegranate Artbooks (San Francisco, CA), 1994.

Going Out with Peacocks and Other Poems, HarperPerennial (New York, NY), 1994.

(With Diana Bellessi) The Twins, The Dream: Two Voices / Las Gemelas, el Sueño: Dos Voces, Arte Público (Houston, TX), 1997.

Sixty Odd: New Poems, Shambhala (Boston, MA), 1999.


The Wind's Twelve Quarters, Harper (New York, NY), 1975.

Orsinian Tales, Harper (New York, NY), 1976.

The Water Is Wide, Pendragon Press (Portland, OR), 1976.

The Compass Rose, Harper (New York, NY), 1982.

Buffalo Gals and Other Animal Presences (short stories and poems), Capra (Santa Barbara, CA), 1987.

Searoad: Chronicles of Klatsand, HarperCollins (New York, NY), 1991.

The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas, Creative Education (Mankato, MN), 1993.

A Fisherman of the Inland Sea: Science Fiction Stories, HarperPrism (New York, NY), 1994.

Four Ways to Forgiveness (contains "Betrayals," "Forgiveness Day," "A Man of the People," and "A Woman's Liberation"), HarperPrism (New York, NY), 1995.

Unlocking the Air: And Other Stories (contains "Standing Ground," "Poacher," "Half Past Four," and "Limberlost"), HarperCollins (New York, NY), 1996.

The Birthday of the World and Other Stories (contains "Coming of Age in Karhide," "The Matter of Seggri," "Unchosen Love," "Mountain Ways," "Solitude," "Old Music and the Slave Women," "The Birthday of the World," and "Paradises Lost"), HarperCollins (New York, NY), 2002.

Changing Planes (contains "Sita Dulip's Method," "Porridge on Islac," "The Silence of the Asonu," "Feeling at Home with the Hennebet," "The Ire of the Veksi," "Seasons of the Ansarac," "Social Dreaming of the Frin," "The Royals of Hegn," "Woeful Tales from Mahigul," "Great Joy," "Wake Island," "The Nna Mmoy Language," "The Building," "The Fliers of Gy," "The Island of the Immortals," and "Confusions of Uñi"), Harcourt (Orlando, FL), 2003.


Nebula Award Stories 11, Gollancz (London, England), 1976, Harper (New York, NY), 1977.

(With Virginia Kidd) Interfaces: An Anthology of Speculative Fiction, Ace Books (New York, NY), 1980.

(With Virginia Kidd) Edges: Thirteen New Tales from the Borderlands of the Imagination, Pocket Books (New York, NY), 1980.

(With Brian Attebery) The Norton Book of Science Fiction: North American Science Fiction, 1960-1990, Norton (New York, NY), 1993.

H. G. Wells, Selected Stories of H. G. Wells, Modern Library (New York, NY), 2004.


(Translator, with J. P. Seaton) Lao Tzu: Tao The Ching: A Book about the Way and the Power of the Way, Shambhala (Boston, MA), 1997.

Gabriela Mistral, Gabriela Mistral: Selected Poems, University of New Mexico Press (Albuquerque, NM), 2003.

Angelica Gorodischer, Kalpa Imperial: The Greatest Empire That Never Was, Small Beer Press (Northampton, MA), 2003.


From Elfland to Poughkeepsie (lecture), Pendragon Press (Portland, OR), 1973.

Dreams Must Explain Themselves (critical essays), Algol Press (New York, NY), 1975.

The Word for World Is Forest (novella; originally published in collection Again, Dangerous Visions; also see below), Berkley (New York, NY), 1976.

The Language of the Night: Essays on Fantasy and Science Fiction, edited by Susan Wood, Putnam (New York, NY), 1978, revised edition edited by Le Guin, Women's Press (London, England), 1989.

King Dog: A Screenplay (bound with Dostoevsky: A Screenplay, by Raymond Carver and Tess Gallagher), Capra (Santa Barbara, CA), 1985.

(With Todd Barton) Music and Poetry of the Kesh (cassette), Valley Productions, 1985.

(With David Bedford) Rigel Nine: An Audio Opera, Charisma, 1985.

Dancing at the Edge of the World: Thoughts on Words, Women, Places (essays), Grove (New York, NY), 1989.

The Way of the Waters Going: Images of the Northern California Coastal Range, photographs by Ernest Waugh and Alan Nicolson, Harper (New York, NY), 1989.

Myth and Archetype in Science Fiction, Pulphouse, 1991.

Talk about Writing, Pulphouse, 1991.

Earthsea Revisioned (lecture), Children's Literature New England (Cambridge, MA), 1993.

(Author of text) Uses of Music in Uttermost Parts (music sound recording; for chorus and orchestra), music by Elinor Armer, Koch International (Port Washington, NY), 1995.

Steering the Craft: Exercises and Discussions on Story Writing for the Lone Navigator or the Mutinous Crew, Eighth Mountain Press (Portland, OR), 1998.

The Wave in the Mind: Talks and Essays on the Reader, and the Imagination, Shambhala (Boston, MA), 2004.

Contributor to anthologies, including Orbit 5, 1969; Orbit 6, 1970; Best SF: 1969, 1970; World's Best Science Fiction, 1970; Those Who Can, 1970; Nebula Award Stories 5, 1970; Quark #1, 1970; The Dead Astronaut, 1971; New Dimensions I, 1972; Clarion II, 1972; Again, Dangerous Visions, Volume 1, 1972; The Best from Playboy, number 7, 1973; New Dimensions III, 1973; Clarion III, 1973; Universe 5, 1974; The Best from Galaxy, Volume 2, 1974, Volume 3, 1975; Dream Trips, 1974; Orbit 14, 1974; Epoch, 1975; Nebula Award Stories 10, 1975; The New Atlantis and Other Novellas of Science Fiction, 1975; The Thorny Paradise, 1975; Bitches and Sad Ladies, 1975; More Women of Wonder, 1976; The Best Science Fiction of the Year #5, 1976; Science Fiction at Large, 1976, 1977; Future Power, 1976; Puffin's Pleasure, 1976; Best Science Fiction Stories of the Year, Sixth Annual Collection, 1977; Psy Fi One, 1977; The Norton Anthology of Short Fiction, 1978; The Altered I: An Encounter with Science Fiction, 1978; Millennial Women, 1978; Cassandra Rising, 1978; and Dark Imaginings, 1978. Author of postcard short story, Post Card Partnership, 1975, and Sword & Sorcery Annual, 1975.

Contributor of short stories, novellas, essays, and reviews to numerous science-fiction, scholarly, and popular periodicals, including Science Fiction Studies, New Yorker, Antaeus, Parabola, New Republic, Redbook, Playgirl, Playboy, New Yorker, Yale Review, and Omni. Author of abridged version of The Left Hand of Darkness, for Warner Audio, 1985. Le Guin recorded Gwilan's Harp and Intracom for Caedmon, 1977, The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas and Other Stories and The Lathe of Heaven for Alternate World, 1976, and The Left Hand of Darkness for Warner Audio.

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