Ursula K. Le Guin

Novelist, Author

1929 –

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Who is Ursula K. Le Guin?

Ursula Kroeber Le Guin 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, by 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.

Famous Quotes:

  • We are volcanoes. When we women offer our experience as our truth, as human truth, all the maps change. There are new mountains.
  • Public speaking is done in the public tongue, the national or tribal language; and the language of our tribe is the men's language. Of course women learn it. We're not dumb. If you can tell Margaret Thatcher from Ronald Reagan, or Indira Gandhi from General Somoza, by anything they say, tell me how. This is a man's world, so it talks a man's language.
  • When action grows unprofitable, gather information; when information grows unprofitable, sleep.
  • Inventions have long since reached their limit, and I see no hope for further development.
  • The unread story is not a story; it is little black marks on wood pulp. The reader, reading it, makes it live: a live thing, a story.
  • The quality of the will to power is, precisely, growth. Achievement is its cancellation. To be, the will to power must increase with each fulfillment, making the fulfillment only a step to a further one. The vaster the power gained the vaster the appetite for more.
  • Virginity is now a mere preamble or waiting room to be got out of as soon as possible; it is without significance. Old age is similarly a waiting room, where you go after life's over and wait for cancer or a stroke. The years before and after the menstrual years are vestigial: the only meaningful condition left to women is that of fruitfulness.
  • My imagination makes me human and makes me a fool; it gives me all the world and exiles me from it.
  • To me the female principle is, or at least historically has been, basically anarchic. It values order without constraint, rule by custom not by force. It has been the male who enforces order, who constructs power structures, who makes, enforces, and breaks laws.
  • A Woman is home caring for her children! even if she can't. Trapped in this well-built trap, A Woman blames her mother for luring her into it, while ensuring that her own daughter never gets out; she recoils from the idea of sisterhood and doesn't believe women have friends, because it probably means something unnatural, and anyhow, A Woman is afraid of women. She's a male construct, and she's afraid women will deconstruct her. She's afraid of everything, because she can't change. Thighs forever thin and shining hair and shining teeth and she's my Mom, too, all seven percent of her. And she never grows old.

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Born
Oct 21, 1929
Berkeley
Also known as
  • Ursula Kroeber Le Guin
  • U. K. Le Guin
  • Ursula Le Guin
  • Ursula Leguin
  • Ursula K. Leguin
  • Le Guin, Ursula K.
Parents
Siblings
Spouses
Nationality
  • United States of America
Profession
Education
  • Bachelor of Arts, Radcliffe College
    ( - 1951)
  • M.A., Columbia University
    ( - 1952)
Lived in
  • Portland
    (1958 - )
  • Berkeley

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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