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The Resource An Introduction to A wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin, written and produced by Dan Stone at the National Endowment for the Arts

An Introduction to A wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin, written and produced by Dan Stone at the National Endowment for the Arts

Label
An Introduction to A wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin
Title
An Introduction to A wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin
Statement of responsibility
written and produced by Dan Stone at the National Endowment for the Arts
Title variation
Wizard of Earthsea
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Contributor
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Language
eng
Summary
Ursula K. Le Guin's A Wizard of Earthsea (1968) is arguably the most widely admired American fantasy novel of the past fifty years. The book's elegant diction, geographical sweep, and mounting suspense are quite irresistible. Earthsea, composed of an archipelago of many islands, is a land of the imagination, like Oz, Faerie, or the dream-like realm of our unconscious. Earthsea may not be a "real" world but it is one that our souls recognize as meaningful and "true." Actions there possess an epic grandeur, a mythic resonance that we associate with romance and fairy tale. Songs, poems, runes, spells --- words matter a great deal in Earthsea, especially those in the "Old Speech" now spoken only by dragons and wizards. To work a spell one must know an object or person's "true name, " which is nothing less than that object or person's fundamental essence. In Earthsea, to know a person's true name is to gain power over him or her. "A mage, " we are told, "can control only what is near him, what he can name exactly and wholly." Understanding the nature of things, not possessing power over them, is the ultimate goal of magic. Indeed, the greatest wizards do all they can to avoid using their skill. They recognize that the cosmos relies on equilibrium, appropriateness, and "balance" --- the very name Earthsea suggests such balance --- and that every action bears consequences. To perform magic, then, is to take on a heavy responsibility: One literally disturbs the balance of the universe. The young Ged is born, a fated seventh son, on the island of Gont and, by accident, discovers that he possesses an innate talent for magic. Even as an untrained boy he is able to use his nascent powers to save his town from marauders. Soon, though, he goes to study with gentle Ogion the Silent, whom he foolishly fails to appreciate. Sent to complete his studies at the Archmage's school for wizards on the island of Roke, Ged grows increasingly proud, over-confident, and competitive. To display his much-vaunted skills, he rashly attempts a dangerous spell --- with dire consequences for Earthsea and himself. Hoping to repair the damage he has caused, the chastened Ged embarks on a series of journeys around Earthsea --- and eventually beyond the known world ...
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DWP
Dewey number
813/.54
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not applicable
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LC call number
PS3562.E42
Literary text for sound recordings
other
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not applicable
PerformerNote
Narrated by Dana Gioia ; Orson Scott Card, Michael Chabon, Michael Dirda, Pico Iyer, Ursula K. Le Guin, Kelly Link, Walter Mosley, R. L. Stine, KenYatta Rogers, contributors
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Big Read
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Label
An Introduction to A wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin, written and produced by Dan Stone at the National Endowment for the Arts
Instantiates
Publication
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Readings of excerpts and critical analysis
Capture and storage technique
digital storage
Carrier category
audiocassette
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Configuration of playback channels
stereophonic
Content category
spoken word
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
4 3/4 in.
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm. diameter
Extent
1 sound disc (44 min., 58 sec.)
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not applicable
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not applicable
Kind of disc cylinder or tape
mass produced
Kind of material
plastic with metal
Lccn
2008655669
Media category
audio
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Note
BYU copy includes printout of transcript.
Other physical details
digital
Special playback characteristics
digital recording
Specific material designation
sound cassette
Speed
1.4m. per second (discs)
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  • (OCoLC)ocn739125063
  • UtOrBLW
Tape configuration
not applicable
Tape width
not applicable
Label
An Introduction to A wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin, written and produced by Dan Stone at the National Endowment for the Arts
Publication
Note
Readings of excerpts and critical analysis
Capture and storage technique
digital storage
Carrier category
audiocassette
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Configuration of playback channels
stereophonic
Content category
spoken word
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
4 3/4 in.
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm. diameter
Extent
1 sound disc (44 min., 58 sec.)
Groove width / pitch
not applicable
Kind of cutting
not applicable
Kind of disc cylinder or tape
mass produced
Kind of material
plastic with metal
Lccn
2008655669
Media category
audio
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Note
BYU copy includes printout of transcript.
Other physical details
digital
Special playback characteristics
digital recording
Specific material designation
sound cassette
Speed
1.4m. per second (discs)
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocn739125063
  • UtOrBLW
Tape configuration
not applicable
Tape width
not applicable

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