The Wind's Twelve Quarters

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The Wind's Twelve Quarters
The Wind's Twelve Quarters First.jpg
Cover of the first edition
Author Ursula K. Le Guin
Country United States
Language English
Genre Science Fiction & Fantasy
Published 1975 (Harper & Row)
Media type Print
Pages 303
ISBN 0-06-012562-4
OCLC 1366086
813/.5/4
LC Class PZ4.L518 Wi PS3562.E42

The Wind's Twelve Quarters is a collection of short stories by Ursula K. Le Guin, named after a line from A.E. Housman's A Shropshire Lad[1] and first published by Harper & Row in 1975.[2] Described by Le Guin as a retrospective,[3] it collects 17 previously published stories, four of which were the germ of novels she was to write later: "The Word of Unbinding" and "The Rule of Names" gave Le Guin the place that was to become Earthsea;[4] "Semley's Necklace," was first published as "Dowry of the Angyar" in 1964 and then as the Prologue of the novel Rocannon's World in 1966;[5] "Winter's King" is about the inhabitants of 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] while "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.