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Language of the Night


Publisher:Putnam Adult



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From dust jacket notes: "The Language of the Night is a collection of essays by Ursula K. Le Guin, the foremost woman of letters in the science fiction field and beyond,widely known and respected in literary and feminist circles. In this eagerly awaited volume, Ursula Le Guin idscusses everything connected iwth her craft: her own background, the field of fantasy and science fiction, her own writing, writing in general, and the future of literary science fiction. The unselfconscious putting forth of her definitions, standards, and literary sensibilities makes this important book a genuine pleasure to read. The twenty-four essays herein have been garnered from various sources: some are introductions written by Le Guin for her own books, some are essays that appeared in literary magazines, some began as talks on science fiction, fantasy, and writing, one is her National Book Award acceptance speech. They are arranged thematically, so that the scope of her ideas is presented to fullest advantage. In talking about the field of fantasy and science fiction, Le Guin states that these genres give an author unparalleled creative freedom, new 'metaphors for the human condition.' With these new metaphors, the language of the night, a translation of the content of the human soul into words becomes possible. It is this potential that makes the field so exciting to her. Growing out of this basic idea is another: that the exploration of our selves is necessary to produce a whole, integrated human being...."

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