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Tao Te Ching - Traditional Wisdom

Author(s): Lao Tzu and Stephen Mitchell

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 Stephen Mitchell's translation of Lao Tzu's Tao Te Ching (The Book of the Way) has sold over half a million copies worldwide. In this edition, Mitchell's text is set against ancient Chinese paintings selected by Asian art expert, Dr Stephen Little.

'What is rooted is easy to nourish What is recent is easy to correct' Lao Tzu's Tao Te Ching (The Book of the Way) is the classic manual on the art of living.

In 81 short, poetic chapters, the book looks at the basic predicament of being alive and teaches how to work for the good with the effortless skill that comes from being in accord with the Tao, or the basic principle of the universe. Stephen Mitchell's acclaimed translation is accompanied by ancient Chinese paintings that beautifully reflect Lao Tzu's timeless words.


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'Beautiful and accessible; the English, as 'fluid as melting ice,' is a joy to read throughout' --The New Republic.

'I have read many translations of this ancient text but Mitchell's is by far the best.' --James Frey, author of A Million Little Pieces.

STEPHEN MITCHELL attended Amherst, the University of Paris, and Yale. His many books include The Book of Job, The Gospel According to Jesus, Bhagavad Gita and Gilgamesh. He lives in Berkeley, California.

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  • : 9780711236493
  • : Quarto Publishing Group UK
  • : Frances Lincoln Publishers Ltd
  • : 0.136
  • : January 2015
  • : 164mm X 110mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : March 2015
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Lao Tzu and Stephen Mitchell
  • : Paperback
  • : 415
  • : English
  • : 299.51482
  • : 96
  • : 45 archive illustrations