Reproduction of a lecture given by Le Guin at the CLNE in 1992 at Keble College, Oxford.
A closely reasoned and fearlessly self-revealing account of a struggle to reconcile the ancient archetypes of the hero-tale with a true estimate of the value of, and values of, women and men in a world whose stories now need to celebrate the private as well as the public virtues, and many different kinds of courage.
Ursula Kroeber Le Guin (1929-2018) was an American author. She has written novels, poetry, children's books, essays, and short stories, most notably in the fantasy and science fiction genres.
Le Guin was first published in the 1960s. Her works explore philosophical, psychological and sociological themes. She has received several Hugo and Nebula awards, and was awarded the Gandalf Grand Master award in 1979 and the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Grand Master Award in 2003.
Le Guin was born in Berkeley, California, the daughter of the anthropologist Alfred L. Kroeber and the writer Theodora Kroeber. Her father was granted the first Ph.D. in Anthropology in the United States in 1901 (Columbia University). She ... (more)