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The Essential Le Guin

The best of Ursula K. Le Guin – Start your Le Guin book collection with works like ''The Left Hand of Darkness'' and ''The Language of the Night''

A Wizard of Earthsea (1968)
The first book in her acclaimed series launches the adventures of the wizard Sparrowhawk.

The Left Hand of Darkness (1969)
An envoy from Earth gets enmeshed in political intrigue on Gethen, an ice-bound planet inhabited by androgynes.

The Language of the Night (1979)
This collection's highlight: ''From Elfland to Poughkeepsie,'' her brilliant essay on fantasy.

Originally posted Apr 18, 2008 Published in issue #988-989 Apr 25, 2008 Order article reprints

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