Ursula K. Le Guin
Ursula Kroeber was born in 1929 in Berkeley, California. Her parents were the anthropologist Alfred Kroeber and the writer Theodora Kroeber. She attended Radcliffe College and undertook graduate work at Columbia University. In 1953, she married historian Charles A. Le Guin and together they have lived in Portland, Oregon, for most of their married life. Le Guin now leads an intensely private life, with sporadic forays into political activism and steady participation in the literary community. She limits her public appearances mostly to the West Coast of the United States.
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.