In 1970, Atheneum Books published Ursula K. Le Guin’s The Tombs of Atuan as the second volume in the Earthsea cycle. Like its predecessor, this installment to the cycle was well received. It was awarded the status of being a 1972 Newbery Honor book, indicating that it was a distinguished American children’s book. It was also a finalist for the 1972 National Book Award for Children’s Literature. As with all of the Earthsea stories, however, it would eventually see more widespread attention from adults and crossover readers.
Despite claims that fantasy literature is escapist, influences of the culture surrounding Le Guin as she wrote are evident in The Tombs of Atuan. Significant themes from the …
Citation: Shelton, Luke. "The Tombs of Atuan". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 05 November 2019 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=24757, accessed 22 March 2023.]