LeGuin, Ursula (b. Kroeber)(1929– ) writer; born in Berkeley, Calif. (daughter of Alfred Kroeber). She studied at Radcliffe (B.A. 1951) and Columbia University (M.A. 1952). She taught French at Mercer University, Ga. (1954–55) and at the University of Idaho (1956). She was a visiting lecturer and writer at many institutions, and her writing includes novels, children's books, poetry, and short stories. Based in Portland, Ore., she is best known for her science fiction/fantasy novels, notably The Left Hand of Darkness (1969) and The Earthsea Trilogy (1968–72).
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