Not much is known about the legendary Lao Tzu, to whom authorship of the Tao Te Ching is popularly attributed. Some scholars believe the author was an elder contemporary of Confucius.
"No better choice of translator could have been made for the Tao Teh Ching than Dr. John C. H. Wu, whose rendering is superb. More than this, Dr. Wu is one who is able to translate Lao Tzu not only in his words but in his life. Everyone knows in a vague way that the Tao Teh Ching is poetic, and indeed that it is great poetry. Perhaps we do not realize that some of the wisdom of the Tao Teh Ching is absolutely necessary for us not only to progress but even to survive."--Thomas Merton