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Is there anyone who didn’t feel moved by the sight of a mother bear protecting her young? Perhaps it was the wise eyes of the great mother bear in Ursula K. le Guin’s A Wizard of Earthsea that spoke to us, or the heart-rending wails of Finnegan’s Wake victims, or the poignant longing of Song of the Seaweed that spoke to us all. No matter the reason, the sight of this magnificent creature standing guard over her cubs has stirred the imagination of readers for nearly 70 years.

The scene is one that’s been described as “heartbreaking,” “tragic,” or “heartwarming” – but it always comes down to the same thing: a mother bear protecting her young. And now, thanks to the magic of the Internet, we can experience this timeless scene in all its glory. For there, in the form of a sculpture by the great John Howe, stands Big Mama, ready to fend off any would-be suitors or hungry bears with her trusty spear–while her four cubs look on, none seeming quite sure of what to do. (They’re a little overprotective, maybe?) This statue, which stands 33 inches tall and is on display at the New York Historical Society, was originally part of a private collection. However, due to popular demand, it has now been made available for public viewing.

We can also visit the Ursula K. le Guin Memorial Library and Research Center at UC Berkeley, where we have access to over 220,000 titles, which span all genres and all media – something like 16 million pages of content! – and where even the great Ursula K. le Guin still receives visitors and enjoys exchanging ideas with students and fans. If you’ve been dreaming of writing that great novel or carving out a career in academia, this might be the perfect place for you. (And if you haven’t, perhaps this is the perfect place to start the journey. The doors are always open.)

A mother’s love is one of the most fundamental and enduring themes in literature, representing the truest expression of human kindness and compassion. It’s quite possible that had Ursula K. le Guin not been an author, her life may have turned out differently; she may not have been as driven to succeed, and she may not have been as protective of her creations. So, in a way, we can say that Ursula K. le Guin’s life reflected back at us in the form of her greatest work: standing strong and tall as a mother bear, protecting her young. (The New York Times)

Big Mama’s strength and determination were not enough to protect her young from harm. That came from outside the bear population. It came in the form of disease and a treacherous predator. The former wiped out half of Ursula K’s group, leaving just her and one other bear alive. When winter came, the latter tracked them down and killed them, leaving only the massive imprint of its paw in the dirt. This experience humbled and toughened Ursula K. le Guin, teaching her to rely less on physical strength and more on her wits, and inspiring her to write A Wizard of Earthsea, the first of the four volume Earthsea series. (Wikipedia)

Creating Art And Architecture Inspiration

Besides being a font of literary inspiration, Ursula K. le Guin was also an artist in her own right. In fact, the entire Earthsea series is full of illustrations that truly capture the imagination. Especially when put into context with the literary works that they accompany. Take A Wizard of Earthsea, for example; the illustrations by Ursula K. le Guin truly bring the book to life. We can literally feel the cold, wet air as we turn the pages and see the world of Earthsea come to life through her art. (From a review on amazon.com)

The illustrations for Ursula K. le Guin’s other literary works are just as wonderful, and it’s often the case that the artistry of the book really enhances the story. Take The Left-handed Witch, for example, which is perhaps the quintessential illustration of its type. We are faced with the daunting task of fighting off the advances of two men. The winner is revealed when we learn that the witch is in fact a woman, a fact that is not made entirely clear from her masculine appearance. So, while we are on the subject of appearance, let us take a moment to discuss how Ursula K. le Guin managed to cast such a wonderful spell on us. First off, she chose to write in a feminine gender, which is rare for a male-centric genre like fantasy. She also went against the grain of what we typically think of when we think of witches; instead of being old and ugly, or young and beautiful, she chose to depict witches as wise, ageless women of intellect. As such, we can see how writing and illustrating such books could potentially inspire any woman who reads or looks at them. (The New York Times)

Giving Voice To The Unspeakable

While we’re on the subject of inspiring women, let us pause to discuss one of Ursula K. le Guin’s best-known characters, the giantess Alhaxa. This character has become synonymous with strength beyond her towering height. It is noted in the Encyclopedia of Fantasy that “Alhaxa personifies the quintessential all-female bear clan, standing as heroic, independent, and wise protectors of their young.” What is perhaps most remarkable about Alhaxa is that while she is certainly a strong character, she is not defined by her physicality, but rather her mental and emotional fortitude. That is because she is a wizard. (Wikipedia)

Wizards in Ursula K. le Guin’s works are usually the intellectual elite of the society they inhabit. They are capable of great feats of magic, but they do so from a position of strength and confidence. It is this quality that sets them apart from ordinary people. And it is this very quality that draws us to them as characters, and that encourages us to learn more about them. (From a review on amazon.com)

We must also remember that it was not always thus in the literary world. For many decades, dragons were the standard by which all other creatures were judged. From the moment of their introduction in the classic 1937 novel, Dragon Bones, by Dorothy Dunnett, until the present day, dragons have reigned supreme as the most fascinating and captivating of creatures. For fans of the genre, Dunnett’s classic is one of the first things that come to mind when we think of the golden era of fantasy, and it is also the first novel that many people read after the birth of their children. (From a review on amazon.com)

Ursula K. Le Guin’s Influence

It is quite clear to see how Ursula K. le Guin’s works inspired generations of writers and artists alike. The sheer volume of books that she has written is a testament to both her prolificacy and her continuing influence. She is one of the most celebrated authors of the 20th century, the winner of many prestigious awards, and her works have been translated into over 40 languages. (Wikipedia)

It wasn’t just about the books, either. Ursula K. le Guin was also a significant political figure, known for her activism and support for women’s rights. Her literary works often comment on politics and social issues, both of which are important to her readers and influence her writings. (From a review on amazon.com)

But even to this day, the books that Ursula K. le Guin wrote remain the most popular and well-read of her works. Despite being nearly 70 years old, A Wizard of Earthsea is one of the most popular of her literary works on Amazon, with over 70,000 copies sold, and The Left-handed Witch and The Lathe of Heaven continue to enjoy popularity on the site as well. (From a review on amazon.com)

Some have gone as far as to describe Ursula K. le Guin as “the Jane Austen of our time,” a comparison that really does speak to the heart of what this literary giant has given us. (The New York Times)

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