Sunday, October 21, 2012

Ursula K. Le Guin

Copyright © by Marian Wood Kolisch

Happy Birthday to Ursula K. Le Guin (b. 1929), science fiction writer, poet, Library of Congress Living Legend, feminist, admirer of cats!

Who says genre fiction can’t be capital-L Literature? Le Guin’s work is known for its richly imagined contexts and intricately developed characters as well as for its philosophical import. A prolific writer, Le Guin’s work includes more than twenty novels, eleven volumes of short stories, four collections of essays, twelve books for children, numerous volumes of poetry, criticism, and translations. She has received dozens (and dozens!) of awards, including both a Hugo and a Nebula award for The Left hand of Darkness, perhaps her best-known book.
If you’ve never read any UKL, read some! Go here for an excerpt and review of The Left Hand of Darkness.
You might also enjoy visiting UKL’s website and reading her delightful blog.

Also on this day: In 1945 French women got the vote. 1945!

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