'The University of Oregon has become the center for Le Guin studies'
EUGENE, Ore. - One of Oregon's most celebrated and accomplished literary figures has died.
Ursula Le Guin passed away Monday at her home in Portland at the age of 88, but not before leaving a major mark on the University of Oregon.
The UO's Knight Library houses the largest collection of Le Guin's work. Le Guin donated several decades worth of work to the library, including hundreds of original manuscripts, hand-written correspondents, photographs, artwork, first-edition copies, and more.
"The University of Oregon has become the center for Le Guin studies," said Linda Long, Curator of Manuscripts for the library's special collections.
Le Guin emerged in the 1960s as a pioneer of feminist science fiction. She is best known for her Earthsea books. Long said the universal themes of the novels gained a worldwide audience.
"Her fiction deals with all these important human condition questions, like what life is all about and relationships among people, and issues of equality and justice," Long said.
In 2013, the University of Oregon founded the Le Guin Feminist Science Fiction Fellowship. Every year it sponsors a researcher from around the world to study Le Guin's collection at the UO.