Stephen Mitchell (translator)

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Stephen Mitchell (born 1943 in Brooklyn, New York)[1] is a poet, translator, scholar, and anthologist. He is married to Byron Katie,[2] founder of The Work.


Stephen Mitchell was educated at Amherst College,[3] the University of Paris,[3] and Yale University.[3]


Mitchell’s many books include the bestselling Tao Te Ching,[4] Gilgamesh,[5] The Iliad,[6][7][8][9] The Odyssey,[10] The Gospel According to Jesus, Bhagavad Gita, The Book of Job,[11] The Second Book of the Tao, and The Selected Poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke. He is also coauthor of two of his wife’s bestselling books: Loving What Is and A Thousand Names for Joy.


Mitchell has translated classics from Hebrew, Greek, German, and other languages. He has called his Bhagavad Gita, Gilgamesh, and bestselling Tao Te Ching "versions," not translations, since he doesn't know Sanskrit, Akkadian, or Chinese and his books depend on previous English translations. His version of the Tao Te Ching, in the tradition of Ezra Pound, often improvises on the original theme. Some {who?} academic scholars and orthodox Taoists take offense at this method.[citation needed]




  • The Frog Prince: A Fairy Tale for Consenting Adults, Harmony Books, 1999, ISBN 0-609-60545-3
  • Meetings with the Archangel: A Comedy of the Spirit, HarperCollins, 1998, ISBN 0-06-018245-8


  • A Thousand Names for Joy: Living in Harmony with the Way Things Are (with Byron Katie), Harmony Books, 2007, ISBN 0-307-33923-8
  • Loving What Is: Four Questions That Can Change Your Life (with Byron Katie), Harmony Books, 2002, ISBN 1-4000-4537-1
  • The Gospel According to Jesus, Harper Perennial 1993, ISBN 0-06-092321-0

Translations and adaptations[edit]

As editor[edit]

  • Question Your Thinking, Change the World: Quotations from Byron Katie, Hay House, 2007, ISBN 1-4019-1730-5
  • The Essence of Wisdom: Words from the Masters to Illuminate the Spiritual Path, Broadway Books, 1998, ISBN 0-7679-0305-6
  • Bestiary: An Anthology of Poems about Animals, Frog, Ltd., 1996, ISBN 1-883319-48-X
  • Into the Garden: A Wedding Anthology (with Robert Hass), HarperCollins, 1993, ISBN 0-06-016919-2
  • The Enlightened Mind: An Anthology of Sacred Prose, 1991, ISBN 0-06-092320-2
  • The Enlightened Heart: An Anthology of Sacred Poetry, HarperCollins, 1989, ISBN 0-06-092053-X
  • Dropping Ashes on the Buddha: The Teaching of Zen Master Seung Sahn, Grove Press, 1976, ISBN 0-8021-3052-6

Children's books[edit]


  1. ^ ""It's Not All Greek to Him" ''The Wall Street Journal''". September 20, 2011. Retrieved October 22, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Byron Katie". Retrieved 2013-10-22. 
  3. ^ a b c ""About the Author" ''HarperCollins Publisher''". Retrieved October 22, 2013. 
  4. ^ Mitchell, Stephen (1988). Tao Te Ching. New York: HarperCollins. ISBN 9780061142666. 
  5. ^ "'Gilgamesh': The Iraq War, 2500 B.C.". The New York Times. Retrieved 2013-10-22. 
  6. ^ "It's Not All Greek to Him". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 2013-10-22. 
  7. ^ "Conversation: Stephen Mitchell, Author of the New Translation of Homer's 'The Iliad'". NPR: National Public Radio. Retrieved 2013-10-22. 
  8. ^ "What Do You Look for in Modern Translation?". The New York Times. 
  9. ^ "Back story: 'Iliad' translator Stephen Mitchell". San Jose Mercury News. Retrieved 2013-10-22. 
  10. ^ "The Death of Argos". The New Yorker Magazine. 
  11. ^ "BOOKS OF THE TIMES: THE BOOK OF JOB.". The New York Times. Retrieved 2013-10-23. 

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