The Unreal and the Real: The Selected Short Stories of Ursula K. Le Guin

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Simon and Schuster, Oct 18, 2016 - Fiction - 736 pages
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A collection of short stories by the legendary and iconic Ursula K. Le Guin—selected with an introduction by the author, and combined in one volume for the first time.

The Unreal and the Real is a collection of some of Ursula K. Le Guin’s best short stories. She has won multiple prizes and accolades from the Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters to the Newbery Honor, the Nebula, Hugo, World Fantasy, and PEN/Malamud Awards. She has had her work collected over the years, but this is the first short story volume combining a full range of her work.

Stories include:
-Brothers and Sisters
-A Week in the Country
-Unlocking the Air
-Imaginary Countries
-The Diary of the Rose
-Direction of the Road
-The White Donkey
-Gwilan’s Harp
-May’s Lion
-Buffalo Gals, Won’t You Come Out Tonight
-Horse Camp
-The Water Is Wide
-The Lost Children
-Texts
-Sleepwalkers
-Hand, Cup, Shell
-Ether, Or
-Half Past Four
-The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas
-Semely’s Necklace
-Nine Lives
-Mazes
-The First Contact with the Gorgonids
-The Shobies’ Story
-Betrayals
-The Matter of Seggri
-Solitude
-The Wild Girls
-The Flyers of Gy
-The Silence of the Asonu
-The Ascent of the North Face
-The Author of the Acacia Seeds
-The Wife’s Story
-The Rule of Names
-Small Change
-The Poacher
-Sur
-She Unnames Them
-The Jar of Water
 

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User Review  - santhony - LibraryThing

For many years, I avoided Ursula Le Guin, on the mistaken assumption that she was essentially a fantasy author, by virtue of her Wizard of Earthsea novels. It was not until later that I discovered her ... Read full review

The Unreal and the Real: The Selected Short Stories of Ursula K. Le Guin

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Le Guin, recipient of the National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters among many other honors, was tasked with selecting the 39 short stories in this significant ... Read full review

Contents

WHERE ON EARTH
INTRODUCTION
BROTHERS AND SISTERS
A WEEK IN THE COUNTRY
UNLOCKING THE
IMAGINARY COUNTRIES
THE DIARY OF THE ROSE
DIRECTION OF THE ROAD
BUFFALO GALS WONT YOU COME OUT TONIGHT
HORSE CAMP
THE WATER IS WIDE
T H E LOST CHILDREN 14 TEXTS
S LEEPWALKERS 16 HAND CUP SHELL
ETHER
HALF PAST FOUR
OUTER SPACE INNER LANDS

THE WHITE D ONKEY 8 GWILANS HARP
MAYS LION
INTRODUCTION THE O NES WHO WALK AWAY FROM O MELAS
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About the author (2016)

Ursula K. Le Guin (1929-2018) has published twenty-one novels, eleven volumes of short stories, four collections of essays, twelve books for children, six volumes of poetry, and four of translation, and has received the Hugo, Nebula, Endeavor, Locus, Tiptree, Sturgeon, PEN-Malamud, and National Book Award and the Pushcart and Janet Heidinger Kafka prizes, among others. In recent years she has received lifetime achievement awards from World Fantasy Awards, Los Angeles Times, Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association, and Willamette Writers, as well as the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Grand Master Award and the Library of Congress Living Legends award. Le Guin was the recipient of the Association for Library Service to Children’s May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture Award and the Margaret Edwards Award. Her recent publications include the novel Lavinia, Words Are My Matter, an essay collection, and Finding My Elegy, New and Selected Poems. Her website is UrsulaKLeGuin.com.

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