Ursula K. Le Guin
First published in the 1960s, Ursula K. Le Guin writes both poetry and prose in various styles including realistic fiction, science fiction, fantasy, young children's books, books for young adults, screenplays and essays. She is the author of seven books of poetry, twenty-two novels, over a hundred short stories (collected in eleven volumes), four collections of essays, twelve books for children, and four volumes of translated works. Le Guin has been the recipient of many honors and awards including Hugo, Nebula, National Book Award, and PEN-Malamud.
Author's Comment: We read books to find out who we are. What other people, real or imaginary, do and think and feel . . . is an essential guide to our understanding of what we ourselves are and may become.