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From Elfland to Poughkeepsie

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Paperback, 31 pages
Published June 1st 1973 by Pendragon Pr
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Tim
This little volume consists of a speech Ursula K. Le Guin gave in 1972 to the second annual Science Fiction Writers' Workshop, with an introduction by Vonda McIntyre. I'm not a huge fan of "how to write" books and courses, but everything I've read on the topic by Ursula Le Guin has been pertinent, humane, and beautifully written.[return][return]Here, she looks at the importance of style to fantasy, in transporting us away from Poughkeepsie and into Elfland. She illustrates the lecture with both ...more
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An essay arguing that the most essential part of Fantasy is the language, for in the language you could easily discern the writer's style.

"The style, of course, is the book. If you remove the cake, all you have left is a recipe. If you remove the style, all you have left is a synopsis of the plot" - Ursula K. Le Guin
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Ojalá todo escritor que pretenda escribir Fantasía leyera este ensayo. Yo mismo debí leerlo mucho tiempo atrás.
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As of 2013, Ursula K. Le Guin has published twenty-two novels, eleven volumes of short stories, four collections of essays, twelve books for children, six volumes of poetry and four of translation, and has received many awards: Hugo, Nebula, National Book Award, PEN-Malamud, etc. Her recent publications include the novel Lavinia, an essay collection, Cheek by Jowl, and The Wild Girls. Forthcoming ...more
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“A fantasy is a journey. It is a journey into the subconscious mind, just as psychoanalysis is. Like psychoanalysis, it can be dangerous; and it will change you.” 2 likes
“Let us consider Elfland as a great national park, a vast and beautiful place where a person goes by himself, on foot, to get in touch with reality in a special, private, profound fashion. But what happens when it is considered merely as a place to "get away to"?

Well, you know what has happened to Yosemite. Everybody comes, not with an ax and a box of matches, but in a trailer with a motorbike on the back and a motorboat on top and a butane stove, five aluminum folding chairs, and a transistor radio on the inside. They arrive totally encapsulated in a secondhand reality. And then they move on to Yellowstone, and it's just the same there, all trailers and transistors. They go from park to park, but they never really go anywhere; except when one of them who thinks that even the wildlife isn't real gets chewed up by a genuine, firsthand bear.

The same sort of thing seems to be happening to Elfland, lately.”
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