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From ancient scripture to New Age self-help guide, the enduring Tao (or Way ) of Lao Tzu has become one of the most influential Chinese texts of all time. Co-authors Joanna C. Lee and Ken Smith strip away the layers of scholarly interpretations with a new translation unlocking the Tao s original poetic power. WIth an introductory essay recounting the text s journey from folklore and archeological artifact to becoming the most international of Chinese classics, this new bilingual edition also contains the original Chinese rendered in Han Dynasty calligraphy with modern pinyin pronunciation.
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Joanna C. Lee is a recovering pianist with a doctorate in musicology from Columbia University. An active translator and interpreter, she has served such luminaries as former US President Jimmy Carter, film directors Luc Besson and Peter Greenaway, and Hong Kong action star Jackie Chan. Ken Smith writes about Asian arts and culture for the Financial Times and other publications. He is the author of Fate! Luck! Chance! Amy Tan, Stewart Wallace and the Making of The Bonesetter s Daughter Opera. He eats Chinese fluently, in many different dialects. The authors divide their time between Hong Kong and New York and have been artistic advisors to a wide array of cultural projects, including David Henry Hwang s Broadway play Chinglish. They used the almanac to set their wedding date.
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