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Mitchell, Stephen 1943-

Works: 210 works in 713 publications in 7 languages and 35,042 library holdings
Genres: Poetry  Records and correspondence  Fiction  Sonnets  Juvenile works  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Picture books  Sacred books  Fairy tales  History 
Roles: Author, Translator, Editor, Narrator, Adapter, Author of introduction, Contributor, Librettist, Lyricist, Publishing director, Creator, Arranger, Other, Interviewee
Classifications: PT2635.I65, 831.912
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Publications about Stephen Mitchell
Publications by Stephen Mitchell
Most widely held works by Stephen Mitchell
Gilgamesh : a new English version by Stephen Mitchell( Book )
17 editions published between 2004 and 2014 in English and held by 2,254 libraries worldwide
An English-language rendering of the world's oldest epic follows the journey of conquest and self-discovery by the king of Uruk, in an edition that includes an introduction that places the story in its historical and cultural context
The selected poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke by Rainer Maria Rilke( Book )
22 editions published between 1982 and 1989 in English and German and held by 1,580 libraries worldwide
The influence and popularity of Rilke's poetry in America have never been greater than they are today, more than fifty years after his death. Rilke is unquestionably the most significant and compelling poet of romantic transformation, of spiritual quest, that the twentieth century has known. His poems of ecstatic identification with the world exert a seemingly endless fascination for contemporary readers. In Stephen Mitchell's versions, many readers feel that they have discovered an English rendering that captures the lyric intensity, fluency, and reach of Rilke's poetry more accurately and convincingly than has ever been done before. Mr. Mitchell is impeccable in his adherence to Rilke's text, to his formal music, and to the complexity of his thought; at the same time, his work has authority and power as poetry in its own right. Few translators of any poet have arrived at the delicate balance of fidelity and originality that Mr. Mitchell has brought off with seeming effortlessness. The generous and unusual selection that the translator has made from Rilke's large body of work has been praised by scholars for the judicious picture it offers of the breadth and depth of Rilke's greatness. The German text is printed facing the translations, and the poems have been extensively annotated with relevant quotations from Rilke's correspondence and other essential information. Noted poet and critic Robert Hass's searching introduction, "Looking for Rilke," discusses the span of Rilke's career and his importance for the American poetic tradition
Tao te ching : a new English version by Laozi( Book )
26 editions published between 1988 and 2009 in English and held by 1,496 libraries worldwide
Printed throughout in two colors is this new, definitive version of one of the great books of world literature--comparable in its sales and influence to the Bible, the Bhagavad Ghita, and the Koran
Loving what is : four questions that can change your life by Byron Katie( Book )
24 editions published between 2002 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 1,402 libraries worldwide
Out of nowhere, like a fresh breeze in a marketplace crowded with advice on what to believe, comes the author and what she calls "The Work". In the midst of a normal life, she became increasingly depressed, and over a ten-year period sank further into rage, despair, and thoughts of suicide. Then one morning, she woke up in a state of absolute joy, filled with the realization of how her own suffering had ended. The freedom of that realization has never left her, and now in her book you can discover the same freedom through The Work. It is simply four questions that, when applied to a specific problem, enable you to see what is troubling you in an entirely different light. As she says, "It's not the problem that causes our suffering; it's our thinking about the problem." Contrary to popular belief, trying to let go of a painful thought never works; instead, once we have done The Work, the thought lets go of us. At that point, we can truly love what is, just as it is. This book will show you step-by-step, through clear and vivid examples, exactly how to use this revolutionary process for yourself. You'll see people do The Work with the author on a broad range of human problems, from a wife ready to leave her husband because he wants more sex, to a Manhattan worker paralyzed by fear of terrorism, to a woman suffering over a death in her family. Many people have discovered The Work's power to solve problems; in addition, they say that through The Work they experience a sense of lasting peace and find the clarity and energy to act, even in situations that had previously seemed impossible. If you continue to do The Work, you may discover, as many people have, that the questioning flows into every aspect of your life, effortlessly undoing the stressful thoughts that keep you from experiencing peace. This book offers everything you need to learn and live this remarkable process, and to find happiness as what the author calls "a lover of reality."
Bhagavad Gita : a new translation ( Book )
16 editions published between 2000 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 1,197 libraries worldwide
The author of the popular new English version of "Tao te Ching" brings his gift for bringing new life into ancient sacred texts to one of the world's greatest and most widely read scriptures. This gift edition includes two-color interior, colored endpapers, rough-cut pages, and a ribbon marker
The Gospel according to Jesus : a new translation and guide to his essential teachings for believers and unbelievers by Stephen Mitchell( Book )
16 editions published between 1991 and 2014 in English and French and held by 1,146 libraries worldwide
Chiefly commentary on biblical excerpts, compiling the teachings of Jesus into one text in a new translation from the Greek
Letters to a young poet by Rainer Maria Rilke( Book )
15 editions published between 1984 and 2012 in English and German and held by 1,063 libraries worldwide
Rilke's Letters to a Young Poet are arguably the most famous and beloved letters of the twentieth century. Written when the poet was himself still a young man, with most of his greatest work before him, they were addressed to a student who had sent Rilke some of his own writing, asking for advice on becoming a writer. The two never met, but over a period of several years Rilke wrote him these ten letters, cherished by readers for what translator Mitchell calls in his Foreword the "vibrant and deeply felt experience of life" that informs them. Eloquent and personal, Rilke's meditations on the creative process, the nature of love, the wisdom of children, and the importance of solitude offer a wealth of spiritual and practical guidance for anyone.--From publisher description
The selected poetry of Yehuda Amichai by Yehuda Amichai( Book )
22 editions published between 1986 and 2013 in English and held by 983 libraries worldwide
A collection of poems by Israeli writer Yehuda Amichai that blend tenderness and irony with religion and love
Genesis : a new translation of the classic Biblical stories by Stephen Mitchell( Book )
7 editions published between 1996 and 1997 in English and held by 939 libraries worldwide
An examination of the Book of genesis reassesses the familiar biblical stories of Adam and Eve, Noah's Ark, and others in light of their relevance to the modern world
Into the garden : a wedding anthology : poetry and prose on love and marriage ( Book )
4 editions published between 1993 and 1994 in English and held by 925 libraries worldwide
The Iliad by Homer( Book )
6 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 868 libraries worldwide
A new translation of Homer's ancient masterpiece endeavors to instill the poetic nature of its original language while retaining accuracy, readability, and character vibrancy
The tinderbox by H. C Andersen( Book )
6 editions published between 2006 and 2008 in English and held by 863 libraries worldwide
With the help of a magic tinderbox, a soldier finds a fortune and pursues a princess imprisoned in a castle
The ugly duckling by Stephen Mitchell( Book )
4 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 845 libraries worldwide
An ugly duckling spends an unhappy year ostracized by the other animals before he grows into a beautiful swan
The notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge by Rainer Maria Rilke( Book )
12 editions published between 1969 and 1990 in English and held by 828 libraries worldwide
This is the definitive, widely acclaimed translation of the major prose work of one of our century's greatest poets -- "a masterpiece like no other" (Elizabeth Hardwick) -- Rilke's only novel, extraordinary for its structural uniqueness and purity of language. First published in 1910, it has proven to be one of the most influential and enduring works of fiction of our century. Malte Laurids Brigge is a young Danish nobleman and poet living in Paris. Obsessed with death and with the reality that lurks behind appearances, Brigge muses on his family and their history and on the teeming, alien life of the city. Many of the themes and images that occur in Rilke's poetry can also be found in the novel, prefiguring the modernist movement in its self-awareness and imagistic immediacy. From the Trade Paperback edition
A thousand names for joy : living in harmony with the way things are by Byron Katie( Book )
6 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 825 libraries worldwide
In her first two books, Byron Katie showed how suffering can be ended by questioning the stressful thoughts that create it, through a process of self-inquiry she calls The Work. Now, in A Thousand Names for Joy, she encourages us to discover the freedom that lives on the other side of inquiry. Stephen Mitchell'the renowned translator of the Tao Te Ching'selected provocative excerpts from that ancient text as a stimulus for Katie to talk about the most essential issues that face us all: life and death, good and evil, love, work, and fulfillment. The result is a book that allows the timeless insights of the Tao Te Ching to resonate anew for us today, while offering a vivid and illuminating glimpse into the life of someone who for twenty years'ever since she "woke up to reality" one morning in 1986'has been living what Lao-tzu wrote more than 2,500 years ago. Katie's profound, lighthearted wisdom is not theoretical; it is absolutely authentic. That is what makes this book so compelling. It's a portrait of a woman who is imperturbably joyous, whether she is dancing with her infant granddaughter or finds that her house has been emptied out by burglars, whether she stands before a man about to kill her or embarks on the adventure of walking to the kitchen, whether she learns that she is going blind, flunks a "How Good a Lover Are You'" test, or is diagnosed with cancer. With her stories of total ease in all circumstances, Katie does more than describe the awakened mind; she lets you see it, feel it, in action. And she shows you how that mind is yours as well. From the Hardcover edition
The nightingale by Stephen Mitchell( Book )
10 editions published between 2002 and 2006 in English and Spanish and held by 814 libraries worldwide
Though the emperor banishes the nightingale in preference for a jeweled mechanical imitation, the little bird remains faithful and returns years later when the emperor is near death and no one else can help him
The book of Job by Stephen Mitchell( Book )
13 editions published between 1987 and 2014 in English and held by 785 libraries worldwide
The theme of The Book of Job is nothing less than human suffering and the transcendence of it: it pulses with moral energy, outrage, and spiritual insight. Now, The Book of Job has been rendered into English by the eminent translator and scholar Stephen Mitchell, whose versions of Rilke, Israeli poetry, and the Tao Te Ching have been widely praised. This is the first time ever that the Hebrew verse of Job has been translated into verse in any language, ancient or modern, and the result is a triumph
The sonnets to Orpheus by Rainer Maria Rilke( Book )
7 editions published between 1985 and 1997 in English and German and held by 780 libraries worldwide
Contains 55 sonnets in English and German
The Enlightened heart : an anthology of sacred poetry by Stephen Mitchell( Book )
7 editions published between 1989 and 2014 in English and held by 754 libraries worldwide
This collection celebrates the radiance of the enlightened heart as it shines through the world's cultures and religious traditions
Gilgamesh : [a new English version] ( Sound Recording )
11 editions published between 2004 and 2008 in English and held by 644 libraries worldwide
A retelling of the world's oldest epic. Tyrannical King Gilgamesh rules the ancient city of Uruk, ruthlessly trampling its citizens. The gods send an untamed man named Enkidu to control the ruthless king, but he ends up befriending Gilgamesh and together they embark on a series of adventures. When Enkindu is felled by disease, Gilgamesh moves on in a soul-searching journey of self-discovery.--
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Alternative Names
Mitšel, Stepen.
Stephen Mitchell American translator
Stephen Mitchell (traductor)
Стивен Митчелл
מיטשׁל, סטפן
מיטשׁל, סטפן 1943
מיצ'ל, סטיבן 1943-
미첼, 스티븐
ミッチェル, スティーヴン
English (231)
Dutch (6)
German (5)
French (3)
Chinese (2)
Danish (2)
Spanish (2)
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