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] and de-educated[4] through intensive Zen practice.


Mitchell’s translations and adaptions include the bestselling Tao Te Ching,[5] Gilgamesh,[6] The Iliad,[1][7][8][9] The Odyssey,[10] The Gospel According to Jesus, Bhagavad Gita,[11] The Book of Job,[12] The Second Book of the Tao, and The Selected Poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke. He is coauthor of three of his wife's bestselling books: Loving What Is, A Thousand Names for Joy, and A Mind at Home with Itself. His latest book, The Way of Forgiveness, is a Zen-inflected midrash on the Joseph story from the Book of Genesis.



  • Parables and Portraits, HarperCollins, 1990, ISBN 0-06-092532-9



  • A Mind at Home with Itself: How Asking Four Questions Can Free Your Mind, Open Your Heart, and Turn Your World Around, by Byron Katie with Stephen Mitchell, HarperOne, 2017, ISBN 0062651609
  • 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. ^ a b "It's Not All Greek to Him". The Wall Street Journal. September 20, 2011. Archived from the original on October 25, 2013. Retrieved October 22, 2013.
  2. ^ "Byron Katie". Retrieved 2013-10-22. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ a b c ""About the Author" HarperCollins Publisher". Retrieved October 22, 2013. External link in |publisher= (help)CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
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  5. ^ Mitchell, Stephen (1988). Tao Te Ching: A New English Version. New York: HarperCollins. ISBN 9780061142666.
  6. ^ "'Gilgamesh': The Iraq War, 2500 B.C." The New York Times. Retrieved 2013-10-22. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. ^ "Conversation: Stephen Mitchell, Author of the New Translation of Homer's 'The Iliad'". NPR: National Public Radio. Archived from the original on 2011-11-11. Retrieved 2013-10-22.
  8. ^ Mendelsohn, Daniel (October 8, 2013). "What Do You Look for in Modern Translation?". The New York Times.
  9. ^ McAllister, Sue (October 12, 2011). "Back story: 'Iliad' translator Stephen Mitchell". San Jose Mercury News. Retrieved 2013-10-22. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  10. ^ Homer (September 23, 2013). "The Death of Argos (Homer's Odyssey, Book 17: 260-327)". The New Yorker Magazine. Translated by Stephen Mitchell.
  11. ^ "Bhagavad Gita: A New Translation". Publishers Weekly. February 10, 2000.
  12. ^ Gross, John (September 25, 1987). "Books of The Times: The Book of Job". The New York Times. Retrieved 2013-10-23. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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