A rich, poetic, and socially relevant version of the great spiritual and philosophical classic of Taoism from one of America's leading literary figures.
Ursula K. Le Guin (1929-2018) is an internationally celebrated author of more than fifty books of fiction, poetry, and essays, including The Left Hand of Darkness, Always Coming Home, and the Earthsea Cycle series. Her numerous literary awards include six Nebula Awards, seven Hugo Awards, the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Grand Master Award, and the National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters.
"A student of the Tao for several decades, Le Guin has created an
English text that will speak to modern readers in a fresh and
lively way, while conveying the humor, insight, and beauty of the
"The type of work which the great Polish poet and Nobel laureate Wislawa Szymborska meant when she spoke of 'that rare miracle when a translation stops being a translation and becomes . . . a second original' . . . The whole of Lao Tzu: Tao Te Ching is well worth savoring-as much for the ancient substance as for Le Guin's stylistic splendor."
-Maria Popova, The Marginalian (formerly Brain Pickings)
"Reading [Le Guin's] translations is like taking a shared walk down a familiar trail where we discover rocks and water that we somehow missed before . . . undeniably refreshing, capturing a language that is casual and clear, reflective and pointed, full of the wise humor of the Way."
"A student of the Tao for several decades, Le Guin has created an English text that will speak to modern readers in a fresh and lively way, while conveying the humor, insight and beauty of the original."
"Among the many translations of Lao Tzu's Tao Te Ching, Ursula K. Le Guin's new version is a special treasure-a delight. There is something startlingly fresh and creatively alive here, brought forth by Ms. Le Guin's intuitive and personal ingenuity."
-Chuangliang Al Huang, founder of the Living Tao Foundation and co-author of Tao: The Watercourse Way