The Wind's Twelve Quarters

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The Wind's Twelve Quarters
AuthorUrsula K. Le Guin
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
GenreScience fiction, fantasy
Published1975 (Harper & Row)
Media typePrint
Pages303
ISBN0-06-012562-4
OCLC1366086
813/.5/4
LC ClassPZ4.L518 Wi PS3562.E42

The Wind's Twelve Quarters is a collection of short stories by American writer Ursula K. Le Guin. The title is from A. E. Housman's A Shropshire Lad[1] Harper & Row published the book in 1975.[2] Le Guin called it a look back at her start as a writer.[3] The book has 17 stories that had already been published. Four of the stories were the first ideas for novels she wrote later: "The Word of Unbinding" and "The Rule of Names" was the beginning of Earthsea.[4] "Semley's Necklace" was first titles "Dowry of the Angyar" in 1964. Then it was the start of the novel Rocannon's World in 1966;[5] "Winter's King" is about people living on the planet Winter, as is Le Guin's later novel The Left Hand of Darkness.[6] Most of the other stories are also connected to Le Guin's novels.[7] The story "The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas" won the Hugo Award in 1974.[8] "The Day Before the Revolution" won the Locus and Nebula Awards in 1975.[9]

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  1. Le Guin, Ursula K. (2004). the wind's twelve quarters. Harper Perennial. p. v. ISBN 978-0-06-091434-9. Ere to the wind's twelve quarters I take my endless way. A. E. Housman: A Shropshire Lad
  2. Le Guin, Ursula K. (2004). the wind's twelve quarters. Harper Perennial. p. iv. ISBN 978-0-06-091434-9. Harper & Row... Copyright ... 1975
  3. Le Guin, Ursula K. (2004). the wind's twelve quarters. Harper Perennial. p. ix. ISBN 978-0-06-091434-9. This collection is ... a retrospective
  4. Le Guin, Ursula K. (2004). the wind's twelve quarters. Harper Perennial. pp. x & 71. ISBN 978-0-06-091434-9. "The Word of Unbinding" and "The Rule of Names," ... gave me the place, ... for the novels to come ... The two stories were my first approach to ... Earthsea
  5. Le Guin, Ursula K. (2004). the wind's twelve quarters. Harper Perennial. pp. ix-x & 1. ISBN 978-0-06-091434-9. "Semley's Necklace," ... was the germ of a novel. ... published as "Dowry of the Angyar" in 1964 and as the Prologue of my first novel, Rocannon's World, in 1966
  6. Le Guin, Ursula K. (2004). the wind's twelve quarters. Harper Perennial. pp. x & 93. ISBN 978-0-06-091434-9. "Winter's King" was another such germinal story, ... I wrote this story, a year before I began the novel The Left Hand of Darkness
  7. Le Guin, Ursula K. (2004). the wind's twelve quarters. Harper Perennial. p. x. ISBN 978-0-06-091434-9. Most of the straight narrative stories in this volume are in fact connected with my novels
  8. "isfdb.org". Retrieved 2012-01-11.
  9. "isfdb.org". Retrieved 2011-12-30.