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Tales from Earthsea
Other title(s):
Tales from Earth sea
Ace mass-market ed.
Publication Information:
New York : Ace Books, 2003, ©2001.
Physical Description:
xvii, 280 pages : maps ; 17 cm
The finder -- Darkrose and Diamond -- The bones of the earth -- On the high marsh -- Dragonfly -- A description of Earthsea.
Explores further the magical world of Earthsea through five tales of events which occur before or after the time of the original novels, as well as an essay on the people, languages, history and magic of the place.


Call Number
Le Guin
LeGuin Earthsea Short Stories

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Five stories of Ursula K. Le Guin's world-renowned realm of Earthsea are collected in one volume. Featuring two classic stories, two original tales, and a brand-new novella, as well as new maps and a special essay on Earthsea's history, languages, literature, and magic.

Author Notes

Ursula K. Le Guin was born Ursula Kroeber in Berkeley, California on October 21, 1929. She received a bachelor's degree from Radcliffe College in 1951 and a master's degree in romance literature of the Middle Ages and Renaissance from Columbia University in 1952. She won a Fulbright fellowship in 1953 to study in Paris, where she met and married Charles Le Guin.

Her first science-fiction novel, Rocannon's World, was published in 1966. Her other books included the Earthsea series, The Left Hand of Darkness, The Dispossessed: An Ambiguous Utopia, The Lathe of Heaven, Four Ways to Forgiveness, and The Telling. A Wizard of Earthsea received an American Library Association Notable Book citation, a Horn Book Honor List citation, and the Lewis Carroll Shelf Award in 1979. She received the Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters in 2014. She also received the Nebula Award and the Hugo Award. She also wrote books of poetry, short stories collections, collections of essays, children's books, a guide for writers, and volumes of translation including the Tao Te Ching of Lao Tzu and selected poems by Gabriela Mistral. She died on January 22, 2018 at the age of 88.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Publisher's Weekly Review

In this stellar collection, which includes a number of original stories, Le Guin (The Telling; Four Ways to Forgiveness; etc.) makes a triumphant return to the magic-drenched world of Earthsea. The opening novella, The Finder, set some 300 years before the birth of Ged, the hero of A Wizard of Earthsea (1968), details both the origin of the school for wizards on Roke Island and the long-suppressed role that women and women's magic played in the founding of that institution. "The Bones of the Earth" describes Ogion, Ged's first great teacher, when he was a young man, centering on that wizard's loving relationship with his own mentor. "Darkrose and Diamond" is also a love story of sorts, about a young man who'd rather be a musician than a mage and the witch girl he loves. "On the High Marsh," the only story in which Ged himself appears, albeit in a secondary role, is a touching tale of madness and redemption. Finally, in the novella Dragonfly, a tale set immediately after the events related in her Nebula Award-winning novel Tehanu (1990), Le Guin tells the story of a young girl who chooses to defy the ban on female mages, tries to enroll in the school on Roke Island and, in doing so, initiates great changes to the world of Earthsea. In her seventies, Le Guin is still at the height of her powers, a superb stylist with a knack for creating characters who are both wise and deeply humane. The publication of this collection is a major event in fantasy literature. (May) FYI: In addition to five Hugo and five Nebula awards, Le Guin has won the Kafka Award, a Pushcart Prize and the Harold D. Vursell Memorial Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Booklist Review

To her much-loved Earthsea novels Le Guin appends five tales that, she states, "will profit by being read after, not before, the novels." One of them, a novella, is set during a dark era, some 300 years prior to the novels' time, when it is dangerous to practice sorcery. This richly told narrative provides background to the novels as it tells of a search for identity, a romance, and the beginning of a school for magicians. Of the other stories, one is about the wizards who taught the wizard who first taught Ged; one is a timeless love story; one a tale set when Ged was archmage of Earthsea; and one a bridge between Tenahu and a forthcoming novel, The Other Wind. It has been years since the last Earthsea book, but Le Guin hasn't lost her touch. She draws us into the magical land and its inhabitants' doings immediately. Earthsea mavens must rejoice, and relative newcomers will profit from the Earthsea history and two new maps that round out the book. --Sally Estes

Library Journal Review

Le Guin's latest work opens with "The Finder," which takes readers back into the past of the author's imaginary universe to relate the founding of a school of magic on Roke Island and the story of a young wizard who became a legend. This story of the early history of Earthsea is followed by four other tales (two of which have appeared in other publications) and an essay on the history and culture of her archipelago world. While best appreciated in conjunction with Le Guin's previous Earthsea tales (A Wizard of Earthsea, The Tombs of Atuan, The Farthest Shore, and Tehanu), this volume not only stands alone but also serves as an introduction to new readers. Strong work from a master storyteller; highly recommended. [Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 1/01.] (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. xi
The Finderp. 1
Darkrose and Diamondp. 107
The Bones of the Earthp. 143
On the High Marshp. 163
Dragonflyp. 197
A Description of Earthseap. 267