This tale of wizards, dragons and shadows is set in a world both like and unlike our own, in an archipelago of islands - an adventure story, a Quest, a tale of a proud and incautious boy who meddled too early with the Dark... It is the first of the "Earthsea" trilogy, the others being 'The Tombs of Atuan' and 'The Farthest Shore'.
Ursula Le Guin (born 1929) is an American author of novels, children's books, and short stories, mainly in the genres of fantasy and science fiction. She has also written poetry and essays. First published in the 1960s, her work has often depicted futuristic or imaginary alternative worlds in politics, the natural environment, gender, religion, sexuality and ethnography. In 2016, The New York Times described her as "America's greatest living science fiction writer", although she herself has said she would prefer to be known as an "American novelist". She has influenced such writers as Salman Rushdie, David Mitchell, Neil Gaiman and Iain Banks. She has won the Hugo Award, Nebula Award, Locus Award, and World Fantasy Award, each more than once. In 2014, she was awarded the National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. In 2003 she was made a Grandmaster of Science Fiction, one of only a handful of women writers to take the top honour in a genre that has come to be dominated by male writers. Le Guin has resided in Portland, Oregon, since 1959.
Our copy is in good condition, bound in sage-green cloth which is slightly faded at the top & bottom edges, and along the spine angles. Title etc in gilt on the spine. Dust jacket is present, unclipped, and in good condition apart from some very minor stains and some slight sunning to the spine. Endpapers are leaf-green, and there is a biro gift inscription on the front fep. The book block's top edge is somewhat darkened, and the long edge is quite foxed, but there is no foxing inside. Pages are generally clean and bright (pp 38/39 have some minor marks). Binding is firm. Altogether a very nice copy.