Press Release: A Wizard of Earthsea
A Wizard of Earthsea
Ursula K. Le Guin
Introduced by David Mitchell
Illustrated by David Lupton
‘The magic of Earthsea is primal; the lessons of Earthsea remain as potent, as wise, and as necessary as anyone could dream’
Ursula K. Le Guin, winner of the Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, weaves a lyrical tale of magic, morality and identity in this timeless story, presented in a new edition from The Folio Society.
Winner of the 1979 Lewis Carroll Shelf Award, A Wizard of Earthsea is a haunting coming-of-age story from one of the most distinguished fantasy and science-fiction writers of all time. When asked to write a novel specifically for a younger market, Le Guin at first declined. But as she considered the idea, thinking about the wizards of her own childhood old men like Merlin and Gandalf – she began to wonder what they were like when they were young…
Regarded as a precursor to Harry Potter, A Wizard of Earthsea is much darker and urgent in tone. Le Guin charges the tropes of fantasy – magic, dragons, quests and demons – with teenage angst. Her imaginative story and rhythmic writing weaves its own spell on the reader, conjuring a world complete.
The Folio Society worked closely with the author to produce illustrations that she felt did her creation justice; David Lupton’s deeply atmospheric paintings show Earthsea and Ged as Le Guin intended – a place of sea and salt, a hero of light and shadow. This edition also features endpaper maps drawn by Martin Sanders based on the originals by Le Guin.
Bound in buckram, printed and blocked with a design by David Lupton. Set in Garamond with Dulcinea Serif display. 232 pages. 7 full-page colour illustrations. Printed map endpapers. 9″ x 5¾”.
UK £29.95 US $52.95 Can $64.95 Aus $65.95
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