Tao Te Ching: A New English Version

Tao Te Ching: A New English Version

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by Stephen Mitchell
     
 

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In eighty-one brief chapters, Lao-tzu's Tao Te Ching, or Book of the Way, provides advice that imparts balance and perspective, a serene and generous spirit, and teaches us how to work for the good with the effortless skill that comes from being in accord with the Tao—the basic principle of the universe.

Stephen Mitchell's bestselling version has been widely

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In eighty-one brief chapters, Lao-tzu's Tao Te Ching, or Book of the Way, provides advice that imparts balance and perspective, a serene and generous spirit, and teaches us how to work for the good with the effortless skill that comes from being in accord with the Tao—the basic principle of the universe.

Stephen Mitchell's bestselling version has been widely acclaimed as a gift to contemporary culture.

Editorial Reviews

Francette Cerullis
Hinton carefully and meticulously weaves Lao Tzu's philosophy and poetry into its historical, philosophical, and political context.... There is something fresh about Hinton's translation that goes right to the heart of how we ourselves live.
New Republic
Beautiful and accessible; the English, as 'fluid as melting ice,' is a joy to read throughout.
Common Boundary
Mitchell's great talent is to communicate with the profound simplicity utterly appropriate for this task. The obscure has been made transparent and available.
Huston Smith
Stephen Mitchell's rendition fo the Tao Te Ching comes as close to being definitive for our time as any I can imagine. It embodies the virtues its translator credits to the Chinese original: a gemlike lucidity that is radiant with humor, grace, largeheartedness, and deep wisdom.
Library Journal
Based on contemporaneous texts discovered by archeologists in China in the last 20 years, this new translation of the Te-tao Ching is very readable and enjoyable yet at the same time meticulously researched and accurate. It has a clear introduction, extensive commentary, and complete notes. A library wanting complete holdings on Chinese philosophy should surely consider this first of a five-volume series on Chinese classics that will appear in the next years. Otherwise, it will suffice to have translations of Lao-Tzu, the Tao (The Way), and/or the Tao-Te Ching by some or all of its past translators, including Stephen Mitchell, Wing-Tsit Chan, H.B. Crill, Witter Byner, Feng and English, Arthur Waley, Lin Yutang, and James Legge.-- Kitty Chen Dean, Nassau Coll., Garden City, N.Y.
James Frey
“I have read many translations of this ancient text but Mitchell’s is by far the best.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780060812454
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
01/28/1900
Series:
Harper Perennial
Edition description:
Compact
Pages:
144
Sales rank:
189,078
Product dimensions:
3.50(w) x 5.00(h) x 0.40(d)

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Wing-Tsit Chan
No one can understand Chinese philosophy, religion, art or social ethics without reading the Te-Tao Ching. We welcome, therefore, the translation of the recently discovered, the earliest, the most authentic texts.
James Frey
“I have read many translations of this ancient text but Mitchell’s is by far the best.”
Huston Smith
Embodies the virtues its translator credits to the original: a gemlike lucidity that is radiant with humor, grace, largeheartedness, and deep wisdom. -- Author of The Religions of Man
Louise Erdrich
"I read the Stephen Mitchell translation of the Tao Te Ching in one sitting, three times. It is stunning, so lovely. It is a treasure."
Josh Waitzkin
With [this translation], you feel a very powerful grounding. -- International Master in Chess

Meet the Author

Stephen Mitchell's many books include the bestselling Tao Te Ching, Gilgamesh, and The Second Book of the Tao, as well as The Selected Poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke, The Gospel According to Jesus, Bhagavad Gita, The Book of Job, and Meetings with the Archangel.

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