Ursula K. Le Guin Books In Order

Publication Order of Hainish Cycle Books

Rocannon's World (1966) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Planet of Exile (1966) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
City of Illusions (1967) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Left Hand of Darkness (1969) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Dispossessed (1974) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Word for World is Forest (1976) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Four Ways to Forgiveness (1995) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Telling (2000) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Earthsea Cycle Books

A Wizard of Earthsea (1968) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Tombs of Atuan (1970) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Farthest Shore (1972) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Tehanu (1990) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Other Wind (2001) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Earthsea Collections

The Earthsea Quartet (1993) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Tales from Earthsea (2001) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Earthsea Non-Fiction Books

Earthsea Revisioned (1993) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Adventures In Kroy Books

The Adventure of Cobbler's Rune (1982) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Solomon Leviathan's Nine-Hundred and Thirty-First Trip Around the World (1983) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Catwings Books

Catwings (1988) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Catwings Return (1989) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Wonderful Alexander and the Catwings (1994) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Jane On Her Own (1992) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Cat Dreams (2009) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Catwings Collections

Tales of the Catwings (1996) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
More Tales of the Catwings (2000) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Chronicles Of The Western Shore Books

Gifts (2004) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Voices (2006) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Powers (2007) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Unreal and the Real Collections

Where on Earth (2012) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Outer Space, Inner Lands (2012) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

The Lathe of Heaven (1971) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Very Far Away from Anywhere Else (1976) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Eye of the Heron (1978) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Malafrena (1979) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Beginning Place (1980) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Always Coming Home (1985) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Searoad: Chronicles of Klatsand (1991) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Changing Planes (2003) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Lavinia (2008) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Short Stories

The Water is Wide (1976) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Leese Webster (1979) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Gwilan's Harp (1981) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Visionary: The Life Story of Flicker of the Serpentine of Telina-Na (1984) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas (1991) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Nine Lives (1992) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Buffalo Gals: Won't You Come Out Tonight (1994) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Wild Girls (2011) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Short Story Collections

Wild Angels (1974) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Orsinian Tales (1975) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Wind's Twelve Quarters (1975) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Walking in Cornwall (1976) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Nebula Award Stories 11 (1976) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Hard Words and Other Poems (1981) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Compass Rose (1982) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
In the Red Zone (1983) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Buffalo Gals and Other Animal Presences (1987) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Visionary, Wonders Hidden (1988) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Blue Moon Over Thurman Street (1993) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Going Out with Peacocks and Other Poems (1994) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Fisherman of the Inland Sea (1994) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Unlocking the Air and Other Stories (1996) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Sixty Odd: New Poems (1999) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Birthday of the World and Other Stories (2002) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Incredible Good Fortune: New Poems (2006) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Dragon Lords and Warrior Women (2010) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Finding My Elegy (2012) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Late in the Day: Poems 2010-2014 (2015) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Picture Books

A Visit from Dr. Katz (1988) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Fire and Stone (1989) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Fish Soup (1992) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Ride on the Red Mare's Back (1992) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Tom Mouse (2002) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

From Elfland to Poughkeepsie (1973) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Dreams Must Explain Themselves (1975) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Language of the Night (1979) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Steering the Craft (1984) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Dancing at the Edge of the World (1989) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Way of the Water's Going (1989) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Wave in the Mind (2004) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Cheek by Jowl (2009) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Lao Tzu: Tao Te Ching (2009) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The World Split Open (2014) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Steering the Craft: A Twenty-First Century Guide to Sailing the Sea of Story (2015) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Ursula K. Le Guin is an American author that is best known for her fantasy and science fiction novels for children. The author has also produced poems and essays. Le Guin’s work has been commended for delving into alternative realities with differing ideas on gender, religion, and sexuality.


Ursula was born in 1929 to a UC Berkley Anthropologist and a Writer by the names of Alfred Louis Kroeber and Theodora Kracaw. Ursula has described her childhood as an easy and happy one.

Ursula and her three older brothers found their worldview shaped by their parents’ dynamic friends to whom they were frequently exposed. It helped that Ursula and her siblings spent so much of the year in Berkley only to retreat to an old ranch in Napa Valley for the summer.

Ursula had the privilege of walking amongst congregations of students, writers and scientists and this allowed her to listen in on all manner of conversations. It was during these years that the author’s love for Biology and Poetry was strengthened.

Ursula, in particular, took to reading at an early age and nurtured a love for science fiction and fantasy.

By the time she was eleven, the author had submitted a story to the ‘Astounding Science Fiction’ Magazine for publication. However, it still wasn’t a given that Ursula K. Le Guin would go the way of publishing.

Though, her interest in literature was difficult to ignore. After all, her Radcliffe College degree was in Renaissance French and Italian Literature, not to mention the French and Italian Literature M.A. she got from Columbia University.

Ursula K. Le Guin was initially determined to pursue a doctorate centered on a poet by the names of Jean Lemaire de Belges. But then she met Charles Le Guin in France during her travels and, after their marriage, she saw fit to abandon her studies in that arena.

The historian had his sights set on an Emory University Ph.D. so Ursula followed him back to the United States. It was during these years that the author began to experiment with writing. Finding the time wasn’t easy, not when she was trying her hand at secretary work and even teaching French in college.

The birth of her children complicated matters and so did all the moving the family kept doing. But she persisted in her writing. By 1951, even before she met and married Charles, Ursula had written her first novel.

By 1961, the author had five books under her belt, all of which publishers had rejected for various reasons. So Ursula seemingly gave up on fiction and went to poetry. She eventually returned to fiction professionally in 1964, producing ‘The Word of Unbinding’, a short story that paved the way for the ‘Earthsea Trilogy’, the books for which Ursula is best known.

She followed up the original trilogy with three more books in the ‘Earthsea’ world before branching out to write ‘The Left Hand of Darkness’ and ‘The Dispossessed’, books that made Ursula K. Le Guin the first author to win a Hugo and Nebula Award for the same two books.

Ursula cites Philip K. Dick and J.R.R. Tolkien as her influences. Ursula’s Taoism beliefs and anarchism manifest prominently in her work. She also draws upon psychology, sociology and anthropology to produce stories that challenge a reader’s understanding of culture and reality.

+Ursula K. Le Guin Adaptations

Ursula K. Le Guin has had the pleasure of seeing many adaptations arise from her books. In fact, ‘The Lathe of Heaven’, her 1971 novel, was adapted twice. Ursula participated in the 1979 film adaptation and she considers it to be the only true adaptation of her work. A second adaptation was created in 2002.

Ursula had an opportunity to have Hayao Miyazaki adapt her Earthsea books into an anime series. But she didn’t know his work so she turned him down. An animated version of the Earthsea books eventually surfaced in 2006, simply titled ‘Tales from Earthsea’. The movie was directed by Miyazaki’s son and Ursula expressed great disappointment with the liberties it took, especially with regards to the moral message. By this point in time, Ursula had become a massive Miyazaki fan.

Lesser known adaptations include a Chicago’s Lifeline Theater adaptation of ‘The Left Hand of Darkness’ and a ‘Legend of Earthsea’ miniseries that the SciFi Channel adapted from the first two Earthsea books.

+A Wizard of Earthsea

There was a time when Ged was considered the greatest of sorcerers in all Earthsea. But that was before his hunger for power and confidence in his own knowledge got the better of him. A shadow was released into the world, beginning Ged’s testing.

Ursula K. Le Guin’s first book in the Earthsea novels introduces Ged to readers. At the start, Ged is quite the cocky and brash boy. He grows so arrogant that he inadvertently unleashes a terrible shadow.

To survive the coming turmoil, Ged is forced to mature, growing comfortable with his dark side.

This book isn’t traditional fantasy and readers looking for a rollicking ride through a fantastical realm will be disappointed. Instead, the first Earthsea book is short, simple and introspective.

The book, which is told like a fairy tale, aims to explore the underlying elements of morality in the overall battle between good and evil. Ged is forced to go on a journey of self-discovery.

He must learn to accept the darkness that lies within him.

+The Tombs of Atuan

Before Arha became high priestess and gained administration over the nameless powers of the Earth, she was just a young girl called Tenar. In becoming high priestess, Arha lost everything, even her name, consigning her life to the task of guarding the ominous Tombs of Atuan.

Arha’s life takes an unexpected turn when Ged infiltrates the Tombs with the intention of stealing a treasure. Drawn to the light of his magic, Arha joins Ged and they escape the dark labyrinth.

The second Earthsea novel introduces the character of Arha to readers. Arha is Priestess over the power of Shadow and it is her job to protect the Tombs of Atuan from intruders. Arha’s life is one of darkness and gloom, and she quickly comes to realize that she is a victim of powers she cannot understand.


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