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Ursula K. Le Guin  (b. 1929)

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Ursula K. Le Guin (b. 1929). The daughter of distinguished University of California, Berkeley, anthropologists, Le Guin graduated from Radcliffe and earned an M.A. from Columbia University. She enjoyed early success writing for science fiction and fantasy magazines (a genre often stigmatized as subliterary popular fiction). But she quickly established a reputation that places her in the tradition of earlier writers who used fantastic circumstances to shape their understanding of the human condition, such as Jonathan Swift, Edgar Allan Poe, and H. G. Wells.

A prolific writer of fantasy fiction, Le Guin's recent work, Four Ways to Forgiveness (1995), is a speculation on the future of humankind in space. Wonderful Alexander and the Catwings (1994) is the third in the Catwings series, which features flying cats. She is also the author of a collection of poems, Going Out with Peacocks and Other Poems (1994). Her most recent volume is Unlocking the Air and Other Stories (1996).

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