Ursula K. Le Guin: Biography

Ursula K. Le Guin

21 okt 1929

Ursula K. Le Guin bags the credit of being the first person to have won the Hugo and Nebula Awards twice in her career. Be it any form of literature, Ursula would have made her presence felt in it and be it any award, she would have either won it or got nominated for it.

Ursula K. Le Guin got wide recognition for her stories on science fiction and fantasy. Her father Alfred.L.Kroeber was an anthropologist and her mother Theodora Kroeber was a writer. Ursula was blessed with the specialities of both her parents. Her interest in fantasy grew after she read ‘The Lord of the Rings’ by J.R.R. Tolkein.

A native of Berkeley, California, Ursula lives in Portland Oregon. She had a tremendous childhood. Her parents always encouraged her and supported her. Since their family was well-off, she had nothing to worry about. With three elder brothers, her life was very lively and joyful. Ursula mastered in French and Italian Literature from Columbia University.

From a very young age, Ursula liked writing. At the age of 9, she wrote her first fantasy story. Her first science fiction story got published in magazine when she was 11 years old. In 1953, Ursula married Charles.A.Le.Guin, a professor at Portland State University. Similar to her parents, even Charles encouraged her writing skills. With her husband’s support, Ursula was able to continue writing and simultaneously raise her three kids.

Ursula is best known for her works, ‘Tales from Earthsea’, ‘Earthsea’ and ‘The Lathe of Heaven’. The success of these books turned them into movies. Ursula’s award list goes endless. She has won dozens of annual ‘Year’s best’ literary awards. She created record by being voted 19 times for Locus Awards by magazine subscribers. Her novels ‘The Left Hand of Darkness’ and ‘The Dispossessed’ won the Hugo and Nebula Awards. She has also received the National Book Foundation Medal.

Ursula continues to contribute to the society not only by publishing books but also by being a great inspiration to established writers including Salman Rushdie.