Best known for her science fiction and “Earthsea” fantasy series, celebrated author Ursula Kroeber Le Guin (1929–2018) wrote 21 novels, 11 volumes of short stories, four collections of essays, 12 children’s books, six volumes of poetry, and four of translation during her life.
Next month, American Masters presents the first documentary exploring the remarkable life and legacy of the prolific and versatile author.
Produced with Le Guin’s participation over the course of a decade, American Masters’ “Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin” tells the intimate coming-of-age story of the Portland, Oregon housewife and mother of three who forever transformed American literature by bringing science fiction into the literary mainstream.
Through her influential work, Le Guin opened doors for generations of younger writers like Neil Gaiman, Margaret Atwood, Michael Chabon, and David Mitchell — all of whom appear in the film — to explore fantastic elements in their writing.
“Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin” premieres August 2 on PBS.
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