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Alan  W.  Watts
[1915-1973]


Alan W. Watts        

short profile

primary books
later collections

links

works about Alan Watts

audio tapes & ebooks
video & DVD


I'll never forget listening to those tapes of Alan Watts on late-night radio
in the Sixties: the voice and the content were mesmerizing.

        Best known as an interpreter of Eastern wisdom (specifically Zen Buddhism) for the contemporary West, Alan Wilson Watts was born in Britain on 6 January 1915. While training to become an Anglican priest in Canterbury, he discovered Buddhism from London Bookstores. He worked with D.T. Suzuki and The Buddhist Lodge, becoming editor of their quarterly, The Middle Way. He published his first book, "The Spirit of Zen" in 1935 (revised in 1968). In 1938, he married Eleanor Everett and moved to New York.

        He wrote and published several books, then enrolled in Seabury Western Theological Seminary in Illinois; he was ordained an Episcopal priest in 1944. In 1950, he left the priesthood and his first wife, moving to New York with Dorothy Dewitt. In January 1951, he and his new wife moved to California, to a job teaching at the Academy of Asian Studies in San Francisco. He was soon invited to speak on public radio station KPFA in Berkeley. He published "The Way of Zen" in 1957, which immediately became a best-seller. Radio syndication and the N.E.T. tv series, "Eastern Wisdom and Modern Life" greatly increased his renown. He later received an honorary doctorate of divinity.

        Thru his books, tape recordings, radio, television, and public lectures, he developed an audience of millions, in effect becoming an unintentional spokesman for the counterculture movement.

        Alan Watts died in his sleep on 16 November 1973, at home aboard the old ferryboat 'Vallejo', in San Francisco Bay; he is survived by his wife and seven children. In recent times, son Mark has compiled and edited many books based on his father's lectures and essays.

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Original  Books

Spirit of Zen by Alan W. Watts   "The Spirit of Zen: A Way of Life, Work & Art In The Far East" [1935, rev 1958]
Grove Press 8¼x5¼ pb [5/69] for $8.00
Charles Tuttle 6¾x5 hardcover [2/92] out of print/used

"The Legacy of Asia & Western Man" [1939]

"The Meaning of Happiness: The Quest For Freedom of The Spirit
In Modern Psychology & The Wisdom of The East" [1940]
HarperCollins pb [2/79] out of print/used

Behold the Spirit by Alan W. Watts   "Behold The Spirit: A Study In The Necessity of Mystical Religion" [Pantheon 1947]
Random House pb [3/72] for $8.00
"Easter: Its Story & Meaning" [1950]

"The Supreme Identity: An Essay On Oriental Metaphysics
& The Christian Religion" [1950]
Random House pb [9/72] out of print/used

Wisdom of Insecurity by Alan W. Watts  
"The Wisdom of Insecurity" [1951]
Random House pb [9/68] for $8.00
Myth & Ritual In Christianity by Alan W. Watts   "Myth & Ritual In Christianity" [1953]
Beacon Press 8½x5.4 pb [7/86] for $18.50
Way of Zen by Alan W. Watts   "The Way of Zen" [Pantheon 1957]
Vintage 8x5 pb [2/99] for $9.60
Vintage 9¾x6¾ pb [8/89] out of print/used
Audio Renaissance ABR audio [7/89] for $9.56

Nature, Man & Woman by Alan W. Watts   "Nature, Man and Woman" [1958]
Vintage 8x5¼ pb [3/91] for $9.60
This Is It & Other Essays by Alan W. Watts   "This Is It and Other Essays On Zen & Spiritual Experience"
[6 essays; Pantheon 1960]

Random House pb [9/87] for $9.00
Psychotherapy East & West by Alan W. Watts   "Psychotherapy East and West" [1961]
Random House pb [8/75] out of print/used
Joyous Cosmology by Alan W. Watts   "The Joyous Cosmology: Adventures In The Chemistry of Consciousness" [Pantheon 1962]
Foreword by Timothy Leary & Richard Alpert

Random House [12/65] out of print/used

online HTML text at AcidMagic


"The Two Hands of God: Myths of Polarity" [Geo. Braziller 1963]
Macmillan pb [4/69] out of print/used

"Beyond Theology: The Art of Godmanship" [Pantheon 1964]
RH/Vintage pb [7/73] out of print/used

The Book / Knowing Who You Are by Alan W. Watts  
"The Book: On The Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are"
[Pantheon 1966]

Vintage 8x5¼ pb [8/89] for $8.00
Audio Renaissance cassette [5/90] for $11.95
"Nonsense" [1967]
Macmillan pb [4/69] out of print/used

Does It Matter? by Alan W. Watts  "Does It Matter?: Essays On Man's Relation To Materiality"
[Pantheon 1970]

Vintage pb [2/71] out of print/used

"The Temple of Konarak: Erotic Spirituality" [1971]
Photographs by Eliot Elisofon; text by Alan Watts
Thames and Hudson hardcover out of print/used

"The Art of Contemplation":
A Facsimile Manuscript With Doodles [1972]
Pantheon/Schocken pb [1/90] out of print/used

"In My Own Way: An Autobiography" [Pantheon 1972]
Vintage pb [1/83] out of print/used
Pantheon hardcover [2/72] out of print/used

online excerpt at Psychedelic Library

Cloud-Hidden Whereabouts Unknown by Alan W. Watts  
"Cloud-Hidden, Whereabouts Unknown: A Mountain Journal" [Pantheon 1973]
Random House pb [3/74] for $8.00
Pantheon hardcover [1973] out of print/used
Tao The Watercourse Way by Alan W. Watts   "Tao: The Watercourse Way" [Pantheon 1975]
Edited by Al Chung-Liang Huang

Random House 9x6 pb [3/77] for $9.60
Pantheon hardcover [1975] out of print/used
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Later  Compilations  /  Transcripts

Still the Mind by Alan W. Watts  "Still The Mind: An Introduction To Meditation" [2000]
Edited by Mark Watts

Charles Tuttle 8½x4.4 pb [12/2001] for $8.00
New World Library pb [2/2002] for $10.36
New World Library hardcover [5/2000] for $12.80
Charles Tuttle 8¾x5 hardcover [4/98] for $13.56
New World Library ABR audio [5/2000] for $9.56

What Is Zen? by Alan W. Watts   "What Is Zen?" [2000]
New World Library pb [9/2000] for $9.95
What Is Tao? by Alan W. Watts   "What Is Tao?" [2000]
New World Library pb [9/2000] for $9.95
Become What You Are by Alan W. Watts   "Become What You Are" [1995; rev 2003]
Edited by Mark Watts

Shambala pb [3/2003] for $10.36
Shambala pb [5/95] out of print/used
Talking Zen by Alan W. Watts   "Talking Zen" [1994]
Edited by Mark Watts

Weatherhill 8x5 pb [10/94] for $10.36

in Spanish: Ediciones Sirio pb [2001] for $16.94

Diamond Web by Alan W. Watts   "Diamond Web: Live In The Moment" [1987]
Edited by Mark Watts

And Books pb [12/87] for $8.95

"Divine Madness"
Soundworks audio [12/85] out of stock/used

Out of The Trap by Alan W. Watts   "Out of The Trap" [1985]
Edited by Mark Watts

And Books 8½x5½ pb [12/85] for $10.36
Electronic Univ ABR audio [8/97] for $15.95
Liberation by Alan W. Watts   "The Way of Liberation: Essays & Lectures On The Transformation of The Self" [1983]
Edited by Mark Watts & Rebecca Shropshire

Weatherhill 5½x8 pb [3/83] for $10.36
Play to Live by Alan W. Watts   "Play To Live" [1982]
Edited by Mark Watts

And Books 8½x5½ pb [12/82]
for $9.95 via Amazon.com
Creative Meditations by Alan W. Watts   "Om: Creative Meditations" [1980]
Ten Speed/Celestial Arts pb [12/95] out of print/used
Ten Speed/Celestial Arts pb [3/80] out of print/used

"Uncarved Block, Unbleached Silk: The Mystery of Life" [1978]
A & W Publrs pb [10/78] out of print/used
A & W Publrs hardcover out of print/used

Three: "The Way of Zen", "Nature, Man & Woman",
"Psychotherapy East & West" [Pantheon 1977]
Random House pb [9/77] out of print/used

"Beat Zen, Square Zen & Zen" [1958]
City Lights Books booklet [6/81] out of print/used

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Early  Writings

Seeds of Genius by Alan W. Watts  "Seeds of Genius: The Early Writings of Alan Watts" [1998]
Edited by John Snelling & Mark Watts

HarperCollins/Element 8½x5½ pb [2/98] for $15.95
Early Writings of Alan Watts   "Early Writings of Alan Watts, 1931-38" [Thames & Hudson 1980]
Edited by John Snelling, with Mark Watts & Dennis Sibley

Ten Speed Press 8½x5½ pb [2/96] out of print/used
Ten Speed Press hardcover [12/87] out of print/used

"The Modern Mystic: A New Collection of The Early Writings of Alan Watts" [1989]
HarperCollins/Element pb [12/89] for $15.95

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Alan Watts  'Love of Wisdom'  Library
transcripts edited by Mark Watts; published by Charles E. Tuttle

Beyond Seeking by Alan W. Watts  "Taoism: Way Beyond Seeking" [1998]
pb [10/2001] for $8.00
hardcover [4/98] for $13.56
Counter Culture by Alan W. Watts  "The Culture of Counter Culture" [1998]
8½x4¾ pb [4/99] for $8.00
8¾x5 hardcover [7/98] for $16.95
Zen / Beat Way by Alan W. Watts  "Zen and the Beat Way" [1997]
7x5 pb [6/97] for $11.16
Electronic University audio [7/97] for $18.00
Buddhism by Alan W. Watts  "Buddhism: The Religion of No-Religion" [1996]
8½x4¾ pb [10/99] for $8.00
8¾x5 hardcover [4/96] for $16.95

Vol 1: audio [12/96] out of stock/used
Vol 2: audio [12/96] out of stock/used

Myth & Religion by Alan W. Watts   "Myth and Religion" [1996]
8¾x5 hardcover [4/96] for $13.56

Vol 1: audio [6/97] for $31.94
Vol 2: audio [6/97] out of stock/used

Tao of Philosophy by Alan W. Watts   "The Tao of Philosophy" [1995]
8½x4¾ pb [10/99] for $8.00
8¾x5 hardcover [8/95] for $16.95

in Spanish: Editorial Edaf pb [2001] out of stock/used

Vol 1: audio [3/95] out of stock/used
Vol 2: audio [3/95] out of stock/used

Philosophies of Asia by Alan W. Watts   "Philosophies of Asia" [1995]
8½x4¾ pb [4/99] for $8.00
hardcover [6/95] out of print/used

Vol 1: ABR audio [3/95] out of stock/used
Vol 2: ABR audio [3/95] out of stock/used

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Ten Speed / Celestial Arts editions 1974-76

Essential Alan W. Watts   "The Essence of Alan Watts" [1974]
Edited by Mary Jane Watts

pb [8/78] out of print/used

aka "The Essential Alan Watts" [1976]
8½'x5½ pb [11/84] out of print/used


"The Cosmic Drama" [8/75] booklet out of print/used
"Death" [2/75] booklet out of print/used
"Ego" [8/75] booklet out of print/used
"God" [9/74] booklet out of print/used
"Meditation" [9/74] booklet out of print/used
"The Nature of Man" [8/75] booklet out of print/used
"Nothingness" [6/74] booklet out of print/used via
"Philosophical Fantasies" [8/75] booklet out of print/used
"Time" [3/75] booklet out of print/used


          

L i n k s
official Alan Watts site
lecture-tapes radio broadcast schedule
Alan Watts bibliography at deoxy.org
unofficial Alan Watts site
Alan Watts quotations

Working Minds Essay #22 [April 2002] "The Tao of Dumbo"
Working Minds Essay #30 [December 2002] "Radio Silent"
Working Minds Essay #34 [August 2003] "Meaning"
Working Minds Essay #70 [April 2007] "The Cage"

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Books  About  Alan  Watts

bio by MCB   "Everywhere & Nowhere: The Path of Alan Watts" [1988]
by Michael C. Brannigan

American Univ/Peter Lang hardcover
[9/88] out of print/used
bio by MF   "Zen Effects: The Life of Alan Watts" [1986]
by Monica Furlong

Skylight 9x6 pb [3/2001] for $11.87
Houghton Mifflin hardcover [10/86] out of print/used

"Genuine Fake: A Biography of Alan Watts" [1986] by Monica Furlong
Heinemann/Unwin London [1986] out of print/used

"Alan Watts" [1976] biography by David Stuart
Madison/Scarborough trade pb [10/91] out of print/used
Chilton hardcover [76] out of print/used

"Alan Watts: Taoèiste d'Occident" by Pierre Lhermite
Table Ronde out of print/used

"The Pantheism of Alan Watts" by David K. Clark
Inter-Varsity Press out of print/used

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Audio Tapes & eBooks

Alan Watts Live audio by Alan W. Watts   "Alan Watts Live" [1991]
Random House audio [3/91] out of print/used
Meditation audio by Alan W. Watts   "Alan Watts Teaches Meditation" [1992]
Audio Renaissance [11/92] for $8.76
The Book / Knowing Who You Are audio by Alan W. Watts   "The Book: On The Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are"
[book 1966; audio 1990]

Audio Renaissance [5/90] for $11.95
Buddhism audio by Alan W. Watts   "Buddhism: The Religion of No-Religion" [1996]
Vol 1: Charles Tuttle audio [6/97] out of print/used
Vol 2: Charles Tuttle audio [6/97] out of print/used
"Essential Lectures"
seven 6-tape public lecture audio sets from AlanWatts.com
seven 3-tape seminar audio sets from AlanWatts.com

Learning the Human Game audio by Alan W. Watts   "Learning The Human Game" [1998]
Sounds True audio [8/98] for $13.96
Man, Nature audio by Alan W. Watts   "Man, Nature, & The Nature of Man" [1991]
Audio Renaissance [4/91] for $8.76
Myself audio by Alan W. Watts   "Myself: A Case of Mistaken Identity" [1999]
Sounds True audio [7/99] for $13.96
Myth & Religion audio by Alan W. Watts   "Myth & Religion" [1996]
Vol 1: Charles Tuttle audio [6/97] for $31.94
Vol 2: Charles Tuttle audio [6/97] out of print/used
Out of the Trap audio by Alan W. Watts   "Out of The Trap" [book 1985; audio 1997]
Electronic Univ ABR audio [8/97] for $17.94
Out of Your Mind audio by Alan W. Watts   "Out of Your Mind" [1998]
Electronic Univ audio [5/98]
2 tapes out of stock/used
Still the Mind audio by Alan W. Watts   "Still The Mind: An Introduction to Meditation" [2000]
New World Library ABR audio [5/2000] for $9.56

"Summer of Love: The Spirituality & Consciousness of The 1960's" [1998]
Electronic Univ audio [8/98] for $19.95

Philosophies of Asia audio by Alan W. Watts   "Philosophies of Asia" [1995]
Vol 1: Charles Tuttle audio [3/95] out of stock/used

Vol 2: Charles Tuttle audio [3/95] out of stock/used

Tao of Philosophy audio by Alan W. Watts   "The Tao of Philosophy" [1995]
Vol 1: Charles Tuttle audio [3/95] out of stock/used
Vol 2: Charles Tuttle audio [3/95] out of stock/used
Way of Zen audio by Alan W. Watts   "The Way of Zen" [book 1935; audio 1989]
Audio Rennaissance ABR audio [7/89] for $9.56
Controlled Accident audio by Alan W. Watts   "Zen & The Art of The Controlled Accident" [1994]
Mystic Fire Audio [8/94] for $13.27
Beat Way audio by Alan W. Watts   "Zen & The Beat Way" [1997]
Electronic Univ audio [7/97] for $18.00
Zen Bones audio by Alan W. Watts   "Zen Bones: On The Spirit of Zen" [1998]
Audio Lit UNABR audio [4/98] out of stock/used
Zen Clues audio by Alan W. Watts   "Zen Clues" [1996]
Charles Tuttle audio [12/96] out of stock/used

"Zen: The Eternal Now" [1973]

Zen Practice, Zen Art audio by Alan W. Watts   "Zen Practice, Zen Art: Further Explorations From The Way of Zen" [1990]
Audio Renaissance [2/90] for $9.95
other audio from WattsTapes.com

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Video Tapes  &  CDs

"Zen: The Best of Alan Watts"
two 40-minute tapes from Hartley Film Foundation [rev link 9/2003]

"Eastern Wisdom & Modern Life" tv series
for National Educational Television

"Essential Lectures"
four CDROM audio sets from AlanWatts.com
seven 6-tape audio sets from AlanWatts.com

4-tape video boxset of Alan W. Watts  
"Four by Alan Watts"
VHS 4-tape box set for $49.99 from VideoCollection
Essential video of Alan W. Watts   Essential Alan Watts [1973]: "Man In Nature" & "Work As Play"
Mystic Fire VHS for $50.00 from AlanWatts.com
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