Lao Tzu: Tao Te Ching: A Book about the Way and the Power of the Way

Lao Tzu: Tao Te Ching: A Book about the Way and the Power of the Way

by Ursula K. Le Guin


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A rich, poetic, and socially relevant version of the great spiritual and philosophical classic of Taoism from one of America's leading literary figures.

In this landmark modern-day rendition of the ancient Taoist classic, Ursula K. Le Guin presents Lao Tzu’s time-honored and astonishingly powerful philosophy like never before. Drawing on a lifetime of contemplation and including extensive personal commentary throughout, she offers an unparalleled window into the text’s awe-inspiring, immediately relatable teachings and their inestimable value for our troubled world.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781611807240
Publisher: Shambhala
Publication date: 05/14/2019
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 136
Sales rank: 122,599
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

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.


Portland, Oregon

Date of Birth:

October 21, 1929

Place of Birth:

Berkeley, California


B.A., Radcliffe College; M.A., Columbia University, 1952

Table of Contents

Introduction ix

Lao Tzu: Tao Te Ching

Book 1 Chapters 1-37 1

Book 2 Chapters 38-81 45


Concerning This Version 99

Sources 101

Notes on Some Choices of Wording 105

The Two Texts of the Tao Te Ching 107

Notes on the Chapters 109

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