Additional Reading (Magill Book Reviews)
Chan, Wing-tsit. The Way of Lao Tzu. Indianapolis, Ind.: Bobbs-Merrill, 1963. The best one-volume study of the Dao De Jing, with exhaustive discussion of the controversies surrounding its dating and the identity of its author. Good analytical comparisons between the philosophies of Laozi, Confucius, and Zhuangzi.
Graham, A. C. Disputers of the Tao: Philosophical Argument in Ancient China. La Salle, Ill.: Open Court, 1989. A thorough intellectual history of Daoism's place within the one hundred schools.
Kohn, Livia. Early Chinese Mysticism: Philosophy and Soteriology in the Taoist Tradition. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 1991. An exploration of the cross-fertilization of Daoism and Chan (or Zen) Buddhism.
Kohn, Livia, and Michael LaFargue, eds. Lao-tzu and the “Tao-te-ching.” Albany: State University of New York, 1998. This work compares traditional Chinese and Western interpretations of the Dao De Jing and Eastern and Western views of Laozi. Includes index.
LaFargue, Michael. The Tao of the Tao Te Ching: A Translation and Commentary. Albany: State University Press of New York, 1992. The commentary includes a detailed summary of the author's oral tradition theory.
LaFargue, Michael. Tao and Method: A Reasoned Approach to the Tao Te Ching. Albany: State University Press of New York, 1994. Excellent exposition of the theory that the work was derived from oral tradition by a group of Laoist editors.
Tao Te Ching. Translated by Stephen Addis and Stanley Lombardo. With an introduction by Burton Watson. Indianapolis, Ind.: Hackett, 1993. An English translation that includes both Chinese characters and romanized spellings in the text. Includes a glossary and pronunciation guide.
Tao Te Ching. Translated by D. C. Lau. Middlesex, England: Penguin Books, 1963. The translation is at times bland, but the introduction effectively places the work within the context of Chinese literary history.
Tao Te Ching. English Commentary on the Lao Tzu by Wang Pi. Translated by Ariane Rump in collaboration with Wing-tsit Chan. Honolulu: University Press of Hawaii, 1979. A readable translation of the Wang Bi edition and commentary.
Waley, Arthur. The Way and Its Powers: A Study of the Tao Te Ching and Its Place in Chinese Thought. London: George Allen & Unwin, 1934. One of the best known translations in English. The introduction is long and meandering, but the background material on the one hundred schools is enlightening.
Wong, Eva. The Shambhala Guide to Taoism. Boston: Shambhala, 1997. An informal introduction to Daoist philosophy.