Ursula K. LeGuin

On this date in 1929, popular writer and iconoclast Ursula K. LeGuin was born in Berkeley, Calif. She graduated from Radcliffe College Phi Beta Kappa in 1951, earned her Master's at Columbia University in 1952, and became a Fulbright scholar in 1953. Married to historian Charles A. LeGuin, they have three children and three grandchildren and live in Oregon. She has been a lecturer or writer in residence at a variety of universities and colleges. LeGuin, who has written 20 novels, is best known for her pioneering science fiction and fantasy. She has also written 6 volumes of poetry, 13 books for children, 4 collections of essays, and many short stories. Her many literary honors and awards include the Hugo for her 1969 gender-bending book, The Left Hand of Darkness, and another Hugo in 1975 for The Dispossessed, utopian fiction.

“I am an atheist.”

—Ursula K. LeGuin, introduction, The Left Hand of Darkness, 1969 (cited in Who's Who in Hell by Warren Allen Smith)

Compiled by Annie Laurie Gaylor; Photo by Brent Nicastro

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