“Best-selling fantasy author Ursula K Le Guin, who won acclaim for the Earthsea series and Left Hand of Darkness, has died at the age of 88.
“Her son Theo Downes-Le Guin said she had been in poor health for months.
“Born Ursula Kroeber in 1929 in Berkeley, California, she earned a masters degree in romance literature of the Middle Ages and Renaissance from Columbia University in 1952.
“While studying in Paris on a Fulbright fellowship, she met and married fellow Fulbright scholar Charles Le Guin.
“She unsuccessfully submitted her first story at age 11 before being published in the early 1960s.”
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