Stephen Mitchell

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Stephen Mitchell was educated at Amherst College, the Sorbonne, and Yale University, and de-educated through intensive Zen practice. He is widely known for his ability to make old classics thrillingly new, to step in where many have tried before and to create versions that are definitive for our time. His many books include The Gospel According to Jesus, The Second Book of the Tao, two books of fiction, and a book of poetry.

Mitchell’s Selected Poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke has been called “the most beautiful group of poetic translations [the twentieth] century has produced.” William Arrowsmith said that his Sonnets to Orpheus “instantly makes every other rendering obsolete.” His Book of Job has been called “magnificent.” His bestselling Tao
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“There are two kinds of women: those who marry princes and those who marry frogs. The frogs never become princes, but it is an acknowledged fact that a prince may very well, in the course of an ordinary marrige, gradually, at first almost imperceptibly, turn into a frog. Happy the woman who after twenty-five years still wakes up beside the prince she fell in love with.”
Stephen Mitchell, The Frog Prince: A Fairy Tale for Consenting Adults
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“If good happens, good; if bad happens, good. ”
Stephen Mitchell, Tao Te Ching: A New English Version

“What we are tempted to call a disaster is sometimes the first, painful stage of a blessing.”
Stephen Mitchell, The Frog Prince: A Fairy Tale for Consenting Adults

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