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Watson, Burton 1925-2017

Works: 292 works in 1,200 publications in 4 languages and 41,607 library holdings
Genres: Poetry  History  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Fiction  Biographies  Diaries  Haiku  Sacred books  Quotations 
Roles: Translator, Author, Editor, Author of introduction, Other, tra, Compiler, Creator, Publisher, Composer
Classifications: BQ4055, 181.11
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Most widely held works about Burton Watson
Most widely held works by Burton Watson
The tales of the Heike by Burton Watson( )

20 editions published between 2006 and 2008 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,923 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Tales of the Heike is one of the most influential works in Japanese literature and culture, remaining even today a crucial source for fiction, drama, and popular media. Originally written in the mid-thirteenth century, it features a cast of vivid characters and chronicles the epic Genpei war, a civil conflict that marked the end of the power of the Heike and changed the course of Japanese history. The Tales of the Heike focuses on the lives of both the samurai warriors who fought for two powerful twelfth-century Japanese clans-the Heike (Taira) and the Genji (Minamoto)-and the women with whom they were intimately connected.The Tales of the Heike provides a dramatic window onto the emerging world of the medieval samurai and recounts in absorbing detail the chaos of the battlefield, the intrigue of the imperial court, and the gradual loss of a courtly tradition. The book is also highly religious and Buddhist in its orientation, taking up such issues as impermanence, karmic retribution, attachment, and renunciation, which dominated the Japanese imagination in the medieval period.In this new, abridged translation, Burton Watson offers a gripping rendering of the work's most memorable episodes. Particular to this translation are the introduction by Haruo Shirane, the woodblock illustrations, a glossary of characters, and an extended bibliography
For all my walking : free-verse haiku of Taneda Santōka with excerpts from his diaries by Santôka Taneda( )

13 editions published between 2003 and 2010 in English and held by 1,771 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
Han Fei Tzu : basic writings by Fei Han( )

22 editions published between 1964 and 2012 in 3 languages and held by 1,633 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Han Feizi (280?-233 B.C.), a prince of Han, a student of Xunzi, and representative of the Fajia, or Legalist, school of philosophy, produced the final and most readable exposition of that school's theories. His handbook for the ruler deals with the problems of strengthening and preserving the state, the way of the ruler, the use of power, and punishment and favor. It also holds that all ideas and ways of life that impede the realization of these aims should be unmercifully quashed, and that the people should be kept in a state of ignorance and awe. Although it has been condemned for its advocacy of harshness and deceit, its penetrating analysis and astute advice have been drawn upon again and again by later rulers and theorists. Ironically, the ruler most influenced by Han Feizi, the king of Qin, was persuaded by one of Han Feizi's former classmates to send him to prison, where he later committed suicide."--Jacket
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 1,383 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

25 editions published between 1981 and 1987 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,360 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

33 editions published between 1962 and 1995 in 3 languages and held by 1,218 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
The demon at Agi Bridge and other Japanese tales( )

12 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 1,212 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Haruo Shirane and Burton Watson, renowned translators and scholars, introduce English-speaking readers to the vivid tradition of early and medieval Japanese folktales. These dramatic and often amusing stories offer a major view of the foundations of Japanese culture
Basic writings of Mo Tzu, Hsün Tzu, and Han Fei Tzu by Di Mo( Book )

20 editions published between 1964 and 1967 in English and Chinese and held by 1,134 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of the writings of three major Chinese political thinkers of the 5th through 3rd centuries B.C
Buddhism, the first millennium by Daisaku Ikeda( )

14 editions published between 1977 and 2018 in English and held by 982 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Beginning with the events immediately following the dark days after the death of Shakyamuni and continuing over a period of 1,000 years, this dynamic tome covers a vast and complex series of events and developments in the history of Buddhism. Through a thorough examination of its early development in India, a new light is cast on little-known aspects of Buddhist history and its relevance to the understanding of Buddhism today. Topics include the formation of the Buddhist canon, the cultural exchange between the East and West, and the spirit of the Lotus Sutra
Basic writings by Zhuang Zi( Book )

25 editions published between 1964 and 1996 in English and Undetermined and held by 980 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The basic writings of Chuang Tzu have been savored by Chinese readers for more than two thousand years. And Burton Watson's lucid and beautiful translation has been loved by generations of readers. Chuang Tzu (369?-286? B.C.) was a leading philosopher representing the Taoist strain in Chinese thought. Using parable and anecdote, allegory and paradox, he set forth, in the book that bears his name, the early ideas of what was to become the Taoist school. Central to these is the belief that only by understanding Tao (the Way of Nature) and dwelling in its unity can man achieve true happiness and freedom, in both life and death. Chuang Tzu: Basic Writings includes the seven "inner chapters, " which form the heart of the book, three of the "outer chapters, " and one of the "miscellaneous chapters." Watson also provides an introduction, which places the philosopher in relation to Chinese history and thought. Witty and imaginative, enriched by brilliant imagery, and making sportive use of both mythological and historical personages (including even Confucius), this timeless classic is sure to appeal to anyone interested in Chinese religion and culture
The selected poems of Du Fu by Fu Du( )

10 editions published between 2002 and 2012 in English and held by 948 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Du Fu (712-777) has been called China's greatest poet, and some call him the greatest nonepic, nondramatic poet whose writings survive in any language. Du Fu excelled in a great variety of poetic forms, showing a richness of language ranging from elegant to colloquial, from allusive to direct. His impressive breadth of subject matter includes intimate personal detail as well as a great deal of historical information - which earned him the epithet "poet-historian." Some 1,400 of Du Fu's poems survive today, his fame resting on about one hundred that have been widely admired over the centuries. Preeminent translator Burton Watson has selected 127 poems, including those for which Du Fu is best remembered and lesser-known works."--Jacket
Mo Zi; basic writings by Di Mo( Book )

15 editions published between 1963 and 2013 in English and held by 889 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Mozi (fifth century B.C.,) was an important political and social thinker and a formidable rival of the Confucianists. The most famous and original doctrine of the Mohist school was that of universal love, according to which all humankind, as creatures of God, should be loved and treated as one's own kinfolk. Considering the fierce strife and hatred that characterized the society of Mozi's time, this noble ideal extended to the condemnation of offensive warfare. Paradoxically, it led the Mohists to become experts on methods of war, as they hastened to advise vulnerable states on the strengthening of their defenses." "Mozi had deep compassion of the suffering of common people and openly attacked the abuses of feudal aristocrats and the literati, whose music, dancing, elaborate funeral rites, and luxurious living he decried as drains on the common weal. Mozi's doctrines also exhort rulers to honor the worthy, regardless of birth, and seek out men of wisdom and virtue to employ in government. At the same time, worthy individuals are encouraged to identify with superiors who are closer in the universal hierarchy to the Son of Heaven, and thus to the Lord on High who creates and loves all beings, desiring their welfare. Indeed, Mozi asserts that nature spirits and the ghosts of the dead exist, that they are cognizant of all human activities, and that they serve the Lord on High with the power to reward or punish any individual for his deeds."--Jacket
Zhuangzi : basic writings by Zhuangzi( )

5 editions published between 2003 and 2013 in English and held by 876 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( )

7 editions published between 1963 and 2003 in English and held by 864 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Xunzi (c. 312 B.C.-?) asserted that the original nature of man is evil, thus differing from Mencius, his famous predecessor in the Confucian school. However, Xunzi was optimistic that man's evil could be counteracted through study and moral training led by the example of virtuous rulers. Although he respected the military and economic accomplishments of the state of Qin, he condemned the harsh and terroristic methods that would later be championed by his student Han Feizi." "The Xunzi is written with a precision and elegance that was unrivaled in the ancient period, and was the most complete, well-ordered philosophical system of his day. Today's reader will find its ideas on leadership, education, and moral training surprisingly close to concerns of our own age."--Jacket
The living Buddha : an interpretive biography by Daisaku Ikeda( )

14 editions published between 1976 and 2012 in English and held by 860 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An intimate portrayal of one of history's most important and obscure figures, the Buddha, this chronicle reveals him not as a mystic, but a warm and engaged human being that was very much the product of his turbulent times. This biographical account traces the path of Siddhartha Gautama as he walked away from the pleasure palace that had been his home and joined a growing force of wandering monks, ultimately making his way towards enlightenment beneath the bodhi tree, and spending the next 45 years sharing his insights along the banks of the Ganges. The Buddhist canon is expertly harvested to
Records of the grand historian of China by Qian Sima( Book )

12 editions published between 1960 and 1984 in English and held by 853 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The essential Lotus : selections from the Lotus Sutra( )

9 editions published between 2000 and 2002 in English and held by 847 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
The Lotus Sutra( Book )

21 editions published between 1983 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 824 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."
Kikō, waga kokoro no Chūgoku e by Burton Watson( Book )

4 editions published in 1985 in Japanese and Undetermined and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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The tales of the Heike
For all my walking : free-verse haiku of Taneda Santōka with excerpts from his diariesHan Fei Tzu : basic writingsThe Columbia book of Chinese poetry : from early times to the thirteenth centuryFrom the country of eight islands : an anthology of Japanese poetryEarly Chinese literatureThe demon at Agi Bridge and other Japanese talesBasic writings of Mo Tzu, Hsün Tzu, and Han Fei TzuBuddhism, the first millennium
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Burton Watson 1925-2017

Burton Watson Amerikaans vertaler

Burton Watson amerikai sinológus

Burton Watson překladatel z japonské a čínské literatury do anglického jazyka

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Burton Watson US-amerikanischer Übersetzer von chinesischer und japanischer Literatur

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버튼 웟슨 1925-2017

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