Ursula K. Le Guin’s The Farthest Shore was published in 1972 by Atheneum Books and was originally intended to be the final volume in the Earthsea cycle. In 1973, the book received the distinction of being the winner of the National Book Award for Children’s Literature (a distinction that the previous volume in the series was a runner-up for the year before). In 1972, Le Guin’s The Lathe of Heaven (1971) won the Locus Award for Best Novel. These awards demonstrate that Le Guin continued to work in both the science fiction and fantasy genres, and did so at the highest level.
A plot overview follows the same basic structure of the two previous volumes in the series: Ged must go on a quest, and …
Citation: Shelton, Luke. "The Farthest Shore". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 28 December 2019 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=24758, accessed 23 September 2023.]