The best of Ursula K. Le Guin ? Start your Le Guin book collection with works like ''The Left Hand of Darkness'' and ''The Language of the Night''

By Jennifer Reese
Updated April 18, 2008 at 04:00 AM EDT

A Wizard of Earthsea (1968)
The first book in her acclaimed series launches the adventures of the wizard Sparrowhawk.

The Left Hand of Darkness (1969)
An envoy from Earth gets enmeshed in political intrigue on Gethen, an ice-bound planet inhabited by androgynes.

The Language of the Night (1979)
This collection’s highlight: ”From Elfland to Poughkeepsie,” her brilliant essay on fantasy.