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Lao-Tzu's Taoteching
Bill Porter (aka Red Pine)
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Lao-Tzu's Taoteching
Bill Porter (aka Red Pine)

Lao-tzu's Taoteching is an essential volume of world literature, and Red Pine's beautifully nuanced English translation—updated and reissued, published with the Chinese text en face—is the most authoritative version of this important text. What distinguishes this volume is its commentary: here as well are the voices of scores of poets, monks, recluses, adepts, scholars, and emperors. More than a translation, more than a book of poetry or religious teachings, this edition gathers the wisdom, thought, and individual voices of its readers across millennia. 




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For Lao-Tzu's Taoteching, Bill Porter (aka Red Pine)

"Red Pine's revised edition of this ancient Chinese classic is a welcome addition to our on-going love affair with this extraordinary document... The uniqueness of Porter's edition, however, does not lie in comparisons between versions of the text but in Porter's use of excerpts from China's vast commentarial tradition... What is notable about this translation is the range, in terms of both historical era and perspective, of the sources that Porter has culled from China's rich history."—Tom Pynn, Southeast Review of Asian Studies

"Read it in confidence that it comes as close as possible to expressing the Chinese text in English."—Victor H. Mair, Professor of Chinese Language and Literature, University of Pennsylvania

"A refreshing new translation... Highly recommended."—Library Journal

"Red Pine... introduces Western readers to both the text itself and the traditions it has inherited... he lets the book speak for itself, while helping us hear what it might be saying."—Virginia Quarterly Review

"The introduction to this Taoteching is an unequivocal pleasure. Red Pine lived many years in China, and walked the Taoist landscape as well as studying its geography, history, philosophy, and letters. Informed and easy, Red Pine's prose interweaves the transmission of Lao-tzu's text and its place in Chinese culture with a personal narrative... The backmatter glossary lists and illuminates proper names and Chinese terms; it gives the brief bios and dates of all the commentators and sources of the selected quotations. This dispels much strangeness attached to who, what where, and when."—Books and Culture

"Red Pine’s translation is one of the most poetically concise, and he follows each chapter with excerpts from 2000 years of traditional Chinese commentaries."—Ken KnabbBureau of Public Secrets

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