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The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas

by Ursula K. Le Guin

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Collins, Jerre. "Leaving Omelas: Questions of Faith and Understanding." Studies in Short Fiction 27 (Fall 1990): 525-36. Collins discusses the structure and intentions of "Omelas" and then offers reasons why the story fails to achieve Le Guin's lofty goals.

Fadiman, Anne. "Ursula K. Le Guin: Voyager to the Inner Land." Life 9 (April 1986): 23-26. Fadiman discusses Le Guin's life and creative inspirations.

Knapp, Shoshana. "The Morality of Creation: Dostoevsky and William James in Le Guin's 'Omelas.'" The Journal of Narrative Technique 15 (Winter 1985): 75-81.

Knapp praises Le Guin's work for providing a realistic portrayal of absolute moral accountability. Slaughter, Jane. "Ursula Le Guin." In The Progressive 62 (March 1998): 36-40. An interview with the author touching on a number of topics relating to her life and works.

Bibliography and Further Reading

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James, William, "The Moral Philosopher and the Moral Life" in William James The Essential Writings, Harper Torchbooks, 1971, pp. 294-308.

Knapp, Shoshana, "The Morality of Creation: Dostoevsky and William James in Le Guin's 'Omelas,'" in The Journal of Narrative Technique, Vol. 15, no. 1, Winter, 1985, pp. 75-81.

Further Reading

DeBolt, Joe, editor, Ursula K. Le Guin: Voyager to Inner Lands and to Outer Space, Kennikat Press, 1979.

A collection of articles examining Le Guin's fictional works.

Slusser, George Edgar, The Farthest Shores of Ursula K. Le Guin, Borgo Press, 1976.

A scholarly overview of Le Guin's career as a writer.

Walker, Paul, "Ursula K. Le Guin" in Speaking of Science Fiction: The Paul Walker Interviews, Luna, 1978, pp 24-36.

An interview in which Le Guin discusses her works of science fiction and fantasy.


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Bittner, James W. Approaches to the Fiction of Ursula K. Le Guin. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Research Press, 1984.

Bloom, Harold, ed. Modern Critical Views: Ursula K. Le Guin. New York: Chelsea House, 1986.

Cadden, Michael. Ursula K. Le Guin Beyond Genre: Fiction for Children and Adults. New York: Routledge, 2005.

Davis, Laurence, and Peter G. Stillman. The New Utopian Politics of Ursula K. Le Guin’s “The Dispossessed.” Lanham, Md.: Lexington Books, 2005.

Reid, Suzanne Elizabeth. Presenting Ursula K. Le Guin. New York: Twayne, 1997.

Rochelle, Warren. Communities of the Heart: The Rhetoric of Myth in the Fiction of Ursula K. Le Guin. Liverpool, England: Liverpool University Press, 2001.

Spivack, Charlotte. Ursula K. Le Guin. Boston: Twayne, 1984.

Ursula K. Le Guin’s Web Site.

Wayne, Kathryn Ross. Redefining Moral Education: Life, Le Guin, and Language. San Francisco: Austin & Winfield, 1996.

White, Donna R. Dancing with Dragons: Ursula K. Le Guin and the Critics. Columbia, S.C.: Camden House, 1999.

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