Ursula Le Guin was bornin Berkley, California, in 1929, daughter of the writer Theodora Krober and theanthropologist Alfred Krober. Her published work includes twenty-one novels,eleven volumes of short stories, three collections of essays, twelve books forchildren, six volumes of poetry and four of translation. Among her novels arethe The Left Hand of Darkness and The Dispossessed, both winners of the Nebula and Hugoawards, Always Coming Home, winner of the 1985 Kafka Award,and Four Ways to Forgiveness. In 2009 she won her sixth Nebulaaward for Powers. She died in January 2018 aged 88.
Penguin/Puffin published the first volume ofthe Earthsea books, A Wizard of Earthsea, in 1971. The Earthsea books have been translatedinto many languages around the world and are global bestsellers.