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Watson, Burton 1925-

Works: 167 works in 1,016 publications in 3 languages and 39,514 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  Poetry  History  Fiction  Lectures  Pictorial works  Sacred books 
Roles: Translator, Author, Editor, Author of introduction, Other, Compiler, tra, Creator, Publisher, Contributor
Classifications: PL782.E3, 895.61008
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Most widely held works by Burton Watson
The Columbia book of Chinese poetry : from early times to the thirteenth century by Burton Watson( Book )

18 editions published in 1984 in English and held by 1,393 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From the country of eight islands : an anthology of Japanese poetry by Hiroaki Sato( Book )

21 editions published between 1981 and 1987 in English and held by 1,391 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Poems from Japanese anthologies. Includes individual poets with textual and biographical notes
Early Chinese literature by Burton Watson( Book )

31 editions published between 1962 and 1995 in 3 languages and held by 1,213 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book describes various types of Chinese writings from 1100 B.C. to 220 A.D. Included are lists of translated works and a chronology of literary works
Cold mountain; 100 poems by Hanshan( Book )

34 editions published between 1962 and 1976 in 3 languages and held by 981 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 1953, Gary Snyder returned to the Bay Area and, at age 23, enrolled in graduate school at the University of California, Berkeley, to study Asian languages and culture. He intensified his study of Chinese and Japanese, and taking up the challenge of one of his professors, Chen Shih-hsiang, he began to work on translating a largely unknown poet by the name of Han Shan, a writer with whom the professor thought Snyder might feel a special affinity. The results were magical. As Patrick Murphy noted, ""These poems are something more than translations precisely because Snyder renders them as
The Lotus Sutra by Burton Watson( Book )

17 editions published between 1983 and 1999 in English and Italian and held by 823 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Since its appearance in China in the third century, the Lotus Sutra has been regarded as one of the most illustrious scriptures in the Mahayana Buddhist canon. The object of intense veneration among generations of Buddhists in China, Korea, Japan, and other parts of East Asia, it has attracted more commentary than any other Buddhist scripture and has had a profound impact on the great works of Japanese and Chinese literature. Conceived as a drama of colossal proportions, the text takes on new meaning in Burton Watson's translation. Depicting events in a cosmic world that transcends ordinary concepts of time and space, the Lotus Sutra presents abstract religious concepts in concrete terms and affirms that there is a single path to enlightenment - that of the bodhisattva - and that the Buddha is not to be delimited in time and space. Filled with striking imagery. memorable parables, and countless revelations concerning the universal accessibility of Buddhahood, the Lotus Sutra has brought comfort and wisdom to devotees over the centuries and stands as a pivotal text in world literature. As Watson notes, "The Lotus Sutra is not so much an integral work as a collection of religious texts, an anthology of sermons, stories and devotional manuals, some speaking with particular force to persons of one type or in one set of circumstances, some to those of another type or in other circumstances. This is no doubt one reason why it has had such broad and lasting appeal over the ages and has permeated so deeply into the cultures that have been exposed to it."
Chinese lyricism; Shih poetry from the second to the twelfth century by Burton Watson( Book )

13 editions published in 1971 in English and held by 805 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The tales of the Heike( Book )

18 editions published between 2006 and 2008 in English and Undetermined and held by 659 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Han Fei Tzu : basic writings by Fei Han( Book )

18 editions published between 1964 and 1997 in English and Undetermined and held by 623 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Zhuangzi : basic writings by Zhuangzi( Book )

5 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 244 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Only by understanding Dao (the Way of Nature) and dwelling in its unity can humankind achieve true happiness and freedom, in both life and death. This is the central tenet of the philosophy that was to become Daoism, espoused by the person -- or group of people -- known as Zhuanzi (369?-286? B.C.), in the text of the same name. In order to be free, individuals must discard rigid conventions that distinguish good from bad, right from wrong, and follow a course of action not founded on motives of gain or striving. When one ceases to judge events as good or bad, man-made suffering disappears
Xunzi : basic writings by Xunzi( Book )

6 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 223 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Xunzi asserted that the original nature of man is evil, differing on this point from Mencius, his famous predecessor in the Confucian school. In the most complete, well-ordered philosophical system of his day, Xunzi advocated the counteraction of man's evil through self-improvement, the pursuit of learning, the avoidance of obsession, and observance of ritual in life. Readers familiar with Xunzi's work will find that Burton Watson's lucid translation breathes new life into this classic. Those new to Xunzi will find his ideas on government, language, and order and safety in society surpris
The demon at Agi Bridge and other Japanese tales( Book )

12 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 199 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Burton Watson and Haruo Shirane, renowned translators and scholars, introduce English-speaking readers to the vivid tradition of early and medieval Japanese anecdotal (setsuwa) literature. These orally narrated and written tales drew on both local folk tradition and continental sources. Taken from seven major anthologies of anecdotal literature compiled between the ninth and thirteenth centuries, these dramatic and often amusing stories open a major window onto the foundations of Japanese culture. Out of thousands of setsuwa, Shirane has selected thirty-eight of the most powerful a
For all my walking : free-verse haiku of Taneda Santōka with excerpts from his diaries by Santōka Taneda( Book )

14 editions published between 2003 and 2010 in English and held by 198 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This volume includes 245 of Santoka's poems and of excerpts from his prose diary, along with a chronology of his life and a compelling introduction that provides historical and biographical context to Taneda Santoka's work."--Jacket
The essential Lotus : selections from the Lotus Sutra( Book )

7 editions published between 2000 and 2002 in English and held by 191 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Lotus Sutra is considered to be the fundamental Mahayana Buddhist sutra and has had a profound impact on Chinese and Japanese literature. This edition condenses the sutra from the most authoritative version
Songs from my heart : poems of life and nature by Daisaku Ikeda( Book )

8 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in English and Undetermined and held by 21 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The rainbow world : Japan in essays and translations by Burton Watson( Book )

5 editions published in 1990 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Japan, first impressions, second thoughts = Nihon daiichi inshō to saikō by Burton Watson( Book )

1 edition published in 1984 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

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The Columbia book of Chinese poetry : from early times to the thirteenth century
Alternative Names
Burton Watson Amerikaans vertaler

Burton Watson traduttore statunitense

Burton Watson US-amerikanischer Übersetzer von chinesischer und japanischer Literatur

De Witt Watson, Burton 1925-

DeWitt, Burton W. 1925-

DeWitt Watson, Burton 1925-

Hua zi sheng 1925-

Hua, Zisheng 1925-

Watson, Burton

Watson Burton D. 1925-

Watson, Burton Dewitt

Watson, Burton DeWitt 1925-

Watson-DeWitt, Burton 1925-

برتون واتسون مترجم و نویسنده آمریکایی

バートン・ワトソン 1925-

ワトソン, バートン


华, 兹生 1925-

華滋生 1925-

English (216)

Chinese (8)

Italian (2)

From the country of eight islands : an anthology of Japanese poetryEarly Chinese literatureCold mountain; 100 poemsThe Lotus SutraThe tales of the HeikeHan Fei Tzu : basic writingsZhuangzi : basic writingsXunzi : basic writings