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 the winner of the Hugo, Nebula, Gandalf, Kafka, and National Book Awards. She is the author of more than fifteen novels, including The Left Hand of Darkness and The Dispossessed, and an honored author of children's books, poetry, and literary criticism.
"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 coauthor (with Alan Watts) of Tao: The
"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."-Lion's Roar magazine
"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, Brain Pickings