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 translations and adaptions 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,[11] The Book of Job,[12] The Second Book of the Tao, and The Selected Poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke. He was introduced to his wife in 2000,[13] and is coauthor of two of her bestselling books: Loving What Is and A Thousand Names for Joy.




  • 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
  • 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

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.  External link in |publisher= (help)
  4. ^ Mitchell, Stephen (1988). Tao Te Ching: A New English Version. 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. ^ "Bhagavad Gita: A New Translation". Publishers Weekly. 
  12. ^ "BOOKS OF THE TIMES: THE BOOK OF JOB". The New York Times. Retrieved 2013-10-23. 
  13. ^ Reynolds, Susan Salter (2009-04-12). "The stillness within Stephen Mitchell". Los Angeles Times. ISSN 0458-3035. Retrieved 2016-03-21. 

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