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Francois Cheng was born in 1929 in Shangdong Province, China. He moved to France in 1949 and was elected to the Academie Francaise in 2002. A poet, essayist, calligrapher and translator, he has, also, written several novels.
"Cheng moves with indescribable ease from Alfred de Musset to Saint Augustine, from Chinese poetics to Sufi story. . . . This collection of Cheng's subtle reflections drawn from many traditions is highly recommended."--Library Journal, Oct 2009 "[Francois Cheng] describes beauty as a state of being, and of becoming - not of "having" - and refers to the traditional Chinese perspective that beauty is part of the essence of a thing. He notes that it is from society's devotion to consumption that beauty becomes a something one attempts to have rather than to be. Thus, he elevates beauty from a cosmetic and manipulated product an restores it to the nature of things aligned with their essence. The author appears to have been inspired by nature and infused with wisdom of contemplation, and is able to convey that inspiration to the reader."--Karl Schlotterbeck, MA, CAS, LP, The Henge of Keltria, August 2010 "The carefully worded essays/meditations average twenty pages and showcase Francois Cheng's resplendent language skills."--ForeWord Reviews, Sept 2009 "Cheng's The Way of Beauty seems to prove that, in fact, meditations on beauty lead inevitably to what we may deem 'the important things, ' embracing as it does the questions we should ask, but seldom acknowledge. With a quiet joy in his discoveries, Cheng carries the reader along on his journey toward the center of the soul, making The Way of Beauty not only a personal vision, but a collective experience in enlightenment."--Deborah Adams, Curled Up With a Good Book, Sept 2009