Ursula Kroeber Le Guin

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Born: 21 October 1929, Berkeley, California

Born Ursula Kroeber, her father was anthropologist Alfred L. Kroeber, the first to earn a Ph.D. in anthropology in the US and when he founded the anthropology department at the University of California at Berkeley it was only the second such department in this country. Le Guin has commented on the similarity between her father's descriptions of human anthropology and her creation of alien worlds. She earned her BA (Phi Beta Kappa) from Radcliffe College in 1951 and her Masters at Columbia the next year. She studied in France on a Fulbright scholarship, there she met the historian Charles Le Guin. They married in 1953 and bought a house at Portland, Oregon in 1958; at last report they still lived there. She first ventured published short was "April in Paris" which appeared in Fantastic magazine in 1962, her first novel to be published (sixth written) was Rocannon's World in 1964. She has written twenty novels, fifteen children's books, more than 100 short stories, two collections of essays, and five volumes of poetry.

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