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Wilson, William Scott 1944-

Overview
Works: 77 works in 244 publications in 6 languages and 5,263 library holdings
Genres: Biography  Biographies  Fiction  Historical fiction  Records and correspondence  History  Graphic novels  Comic books, strips, etc  Samurai films  Drama 
Roles: Translator, Author, Editor, Originator, Author of afterword, colophon, etc., Other
Classifications: U101, 355.547
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works about William Scott Wilson
 
Most widely held works by William Scott Wilson
The lone samurai : the life of Miyamoto Musashi by William Scott Wilson( Book )

12 editions published between 2004 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 782 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"By age thirteen, Miyamoto Musashi had killed his opponent in what would become the first of many celebrated swordfights. By thirty, he had fought more than sixty matches, losing none. He would live another thirty years but kill no one else. He continued to engage in swordfights but now began to show his skill simply by thwarting his opponents' every attack until they acknowledged Musashi's all-encompassing ability. At the same time, the master swordsman began to expand his horizons, exploring Zen Buddhism and its related arts, particularly ink painting, in a search for a truer Way." "Musashi was a legend in his own time. As a swordsman, he preferred the wooden sword and in later years almost never fought with a real weapon. He outfoxed his opponents or turned their own strength against them. At the height of his powers, he began to evolve artistically and spiritually, becoming one of the country's most highly regarded ink painters and calligraphers, while deepening his practice of Zen Buddhism. He funneled his hard-earned insights about the warrior arts into his spiritual goals. Ever the solitary wanderer, Musashi shunned power, riches, and the comforts of a home or fixed position with a feudal lord in favor of a constant search for truth, perfection, and a better Way. Eventually, he came to the realization that perfection in one art, whether peaceful or robust, could offer entry to a deeper, spiritual understanding. His philosophy, along with his warrior strategies, is distilled in his renowned work, The Book of Five Rings, written near the end of his life."--Jacket
Taiko : an epic novel of war and glory in feudal Japan by Eiji Yoshikawa( Book )

11 editions published between 1992 and 2012 in English and held by 555 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the tempestuous closing decades of the sixteenth century, the Empire of Japan writhes in chaos as the shogunate crumbles and rival warlords battle for supremacy. Warrior-monks in their armed citadels block the road to the capital; castles are destroyed, villages plundered, fields put to the torch. Amid this devastation, three men dream of uniting the nation. At one extreme is the charismatic but brutal Nobunaga, whose ruthless ambition crushes all before him. At the opposite pole is the cold, deliberate Ieyasu, wise in counsel, brave in battle, mature beyond his years. But the keystone of this triumvirate is the most memorable of all, Hideyoshi, who rises from the menial post of sandal bearer to become Taiko - absolute ruler of Japan in the Emperor's name. When Nobunaga emerges from obscurity by destroying an army ten times the size of his own, he allies himself with Ieyasu, whose province is weak but whose canniness and loyalty make him invaluable. Yet it is the scrawny, monkey-faced Hideyoshi - brash, impulsive, and utterly fearless - who becomes the unlikely savior of this ravaged land. Born the son of a farmer, he takes on the world with nothing but his bare hands and his wits, turning doubters into loyal servants, rivals into faithful friends, and enemies into allies. In all this he uses a piercing insight into human nature that unlocks castle gates, opens men's minds, and captures women's hearts. For Hideyoshi's passions are not limited to war and intrigue - his faithful wife, Nene, holds his love dear, even when she must share it; the chaste Oyu, sister of Hideyoshi's chief strategist, falls prey to his desires; and the seductive Chacha, whom he rescues from the fiery destruction of her father's castle, tempts his weakness. As recounted by Eiji Yoshikawa, author of the international best-seller Musashi, Taiko tells many stories: of the fury of Nobunaga and the fatal arrogance of the black-toothed Yoshimoto; of the pathetic downfall of the House of Takeda; how the scorned Mitsuhide betrayed his master; how once impregnable ramparts fell as their defenders died gloriously. Most of all, though, Taiko is the story of how one man transformed a nation through the force of his will and the depths of his humanity. Filled with scenes of pageantry and violence, acts of treachery and self-sacrifice, tenderness and savagery, Taiko combines the panoramic spectacle of a Kurosawa epic with a vivid evocation of feudal Japan
Hagakure : the book of the samurai by Tsunetomo Yamamoto( Book )

32 editions published between 1979 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 462 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Delves into the mind of the eighteenth-century samurai, revealing how he was expected to behave, live, and die, in over three hundred excerpts from "Hagakure."
A book of five rings by Musashi Miyamoto( Book )

6 editions published between 2001 and 2012 in English and Japanese and held by 366 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Book of Five Rings is the classic 17th century text on strategy and tactics from Japan's greatest ever Samurai swordsman. It contains a full biographical and critical introduction by the translator
The unfettered mind : writings of the Zen master to the sword master by Takuan Sōhō( Book )

24 editions published between 1986 and 2012 in 3 languages and held by 303 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The philosophy and competitive strategy presented by the spiritual mentor to Musashi is as useful to today's corporate warriors as it was to 17th century samurai
Tao te ching : an all-new translation by Laozi( Book )

6 editions published between 2010 and 2013 in English and held by 258 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Renowned translator William Scott Wilson has rendered Lao Tzu's classic in the most authentic way possible, using both the ancient text and the even older Great Seal script used during Lao Tzu's time. The result is a new and nuanced translation, accompanied by Chinese ink paintings and ancillary material. Wilson includes an introduction that tells the story of Lao Tzu, the "old man" and the "keeper of the archives," and notes to illuminate the text. He also includes two short essays--one explains the relationship between Taoism and Zen, and the other explores the roots that link the spiritual aspects of the Tao with the practice of Chinese and Japanese martial arts. Wilson's version of this ancient classic is wonderfully fresh and readable
The book of five rings by Musashi Miyamoto( )

12 editions published between 2002 and 2014 in English and held by 211 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Setting down his thoughts on swordplay, on winning, and on spirituality, legendary swordsman Miyamoto Musashi intended this modest work as a guide for his immediate disciples and future generations of samurai. He had little idea he was penning a masterpiece that would be eagerly devoured by people in all walks of life centuries after his death. Along with The Art of War by Sun Tzu, The Book of Five Rings has long been regarded as an invaluable treatise on the strategy of winning. Musashi's timeless advice on defeating an adversary, throwing an opponent off-guard, creating confusion, and other techniques for overpowering an assailant was addressed to the readers of earlier times on the battle field and now serves the modern reader in the battle of life. In this new rendering by the translator of Hagakure and The Unfettered Mind, William Scott Wilson adheres rigorously to the seventeenth-century Japanese text and clarifies points of ambiguity in earlier translations. In addition, he offers an extensive introduction and a translation of Musashi's rarely published The Way of Walking Alone.--Container
The roots of wisdom : Saikontan by Zicheng Hong( Book )

7 editions published between 1984 and 1985 in English and held by 200 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The flowering spirit : classic teachings on the art of Nō by Zeami( Book )

5 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 193 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The actor and playwright Zeami (1363-1443) authored sixteen treatises outlining his theories of the art of No. These were initially secret teachings that were later coveted among the upper echelons of the samurai class, and only reached the general public in the early twentieth century. The Fusbikaden is the best known of these treatises. In this book, William Scott Wilson accompanies his translation of this classic text with a comprehensive introduction describing the historical background and the main features of No. He also includes a new translation of one of Zeami's most beautifully written plays, Atsumori, a poetic and moving account of the death of an elegant young warrior, and the redemption of his soul through the prayers of the older seasoned warrior who took his life."--Jacket
The book of five rings : a graphic novel by Seán Michael Wilson( Book )

4 editions published between 2012 and 2014 in English and French and held by 182 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A graphic novel adaptation of Musashi Miyamoto's original work which offers a guide to swordsmanship and a view into Miyamoto's seventeenth-century world
Ideals of the samurai : writings of Japanese warriors( Book )

7 editions published between 1982 and 1985 in English and held by 178 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An anthology of 12 samurai manuscripts showing the meaning and guiding principles of samurai life
The samurai trilogy : three films( Visual )

1 edition published in 2012 in Japanese and held by 160 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A sweeping saga of the legendary seventeenth-century samurai, Musashi Miyamoto, set against the turmoil of a devastating civil war. Follows Musashi's odyssey from his unruly youth to his enlightened years as a warrior
Bushido : the way of the samurai by Tsunetomo Yamamoto( Book )

5 editions published between 1980 and 2019 in 3 languages and held by 142 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Hagakure ("In the Shadow of Leaves") is a manual for the samurai class consisting of a series of short anecdotes and reflections that give both insight and instruction in the philosophy and code of behavior that foster the true spirit of Bushido - the Way of the Warrior. It is not a book of philosophy as most would understand the word; it is a collection of thoughts and sayings recorded over a period of seven years, and as such covers a wide variety of subjects, often in no particular sequence." "The work represents an attitude far removed from our modern pragmatism and materialism. It possesses an intuitive rather than rational appeal in its assertion that Bushido is a Way of Dying, and that only a samurai retainer prepared and willing to die at any moment can be totally true to his lord. While Hagakure was for many years a secret text known only to the warrior vassals of the Nabeshima fief to which the author belonged, it later came to be recognized as a classic exposition of samurai thought and came to influence many subsequent generations of Japanese, among whom Yukio Mishima was a notable example."--Jacket
The one taste of truth : Zen and the art of drinking tea by William Scott Wilson( Book )

3 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 140 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Traditionally in China and Japan, drinking a cup of tea was an opportunity for contemplation, meditation, and an elevation of mind and spirit. Here, renowned translator William Scott Wilson distills what is singular and precious about this traditional tea culture, and he explores the fascinating connection between Zen and tea drinking. He unpacks the most common phrases from Zen and Chinese philosophy--usually found in Asia printed on hanging scrolls in tea rooms, restaurant alcoves, family rooms, and martial arts dojos--that have traditionally served as points of contemplation to encourage the appropriate atmosphere for drinking tea or silent meditation
The life-giving sword = Heihō kadensho : secret teachings from the house of the Shogun : the classic text on Zen and the No-Sword by Musashi's great rival by Munenori Yagyū( Book )

6 editions published between 2003 and 2012 in English and Japanese and held by 127 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The legendary seventeenth-century swordsman Yagyu Munenori was the sword instructor and military and political adviser to two shoguns-and a great rival to Miyamoto Musashi. Despite his martial ability and his political power, Munenori's life was spent immersed in Zen teachings. These teachings formed the framework for his deeply spiritual approach to sword fighting. Munenori saw in the practice of the sword a way to transform the student into a total human being. The Life-Giving Sword is Munenori's manifesto on his approach. His central themes are the "life-giving sword"-the idea of controlling one's opponent by spiritual readiness to fight rather than by actual fighting-and "No Sword," which is the idea that the mind must be free of everything, even the sword itself, in order to get to the place of complete mastery. Munenori's ideas are applicable not only to martial arts but to business and human relations as well
The demon's sermon on the martial arts and other tales by Chozan Niwa( Book )

4 editions published between 2006 and 2012 in English and held by 125 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This collection of parables written by an eighteenth-century samurai is a classic of martial arts literature. The tales are concerned with themes such as perception of conflict, self-transformation, the cultivation of chi (life energy), and understanding yin and yang. Some of the parables seem light and fanciful, but they offer the reader valuable lessons on the fundamental principles of the martial arts; 'The Mysterious Technique of the Cat' is iconic. The 'demon' in the title story refers to the mythical tengu, who guard the secrets of swordsmanship. A swordsman travels to Mt. Kurama, famous for being inhabited by tengu, and in a series of conversations he learns about mushin (no-mind), strategy, the transformation of chi, and how the path of the sword leads to the understanding of life itself."--Publisher description
The swordsman's handbook : samurai teachings on the path of the sword( Book )

4 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 84 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"An anthology of the most influential writings on swordsmanship from the samurai era. The Swordsman's Handbook is the definitive collection of writings that reveals the study of swordsmanship not only as essential to life and death, but as transcendent of life and death as well. All of the authors in this book taught that dealing with conflict is an art that requires grace and courage. In this way, their words speak to us today with surprising immediacy and relevance. Included in this collection are writings by Kotada Yahei Toshitada, Takuan Soho, Yagyu Munenori, Miyamoto Musashi, Matsura Seizan, Issai Chozanshi, and Yamaoka Tesshu"--
The unfettered mind : writings of the Zen master to the sword master by Takuan Sōhō( Book )

2 editions published between 2002 and 2012 in English and held by 66 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The 36 strategies of the martial arts : the classic Chinese guide for success in war, business, and life by Hiroshi Moriya( Book )

3 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 65 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The 36 Strategies of the Martial Arts is a classical collection of Chinese maxims on understanding, engaging, and defeating your enemy. The origin of the collection is unknown; however, the text is a synthesis of various military maxims, political expressions, and even folk sayings, some of which are from sources that date back 1,500 years. Professor Hiroshi Moriya, a Tokyo-based authority on Chinese culture and philosophy, supplies clear and succinct explanations of each maxim and illustrates them with examples not only from Chinese literature and history but also from events in Europe and modern business affairs. This book will resonate with anyone interested in a classic approach to psyching out an opponent and emerging victorious-in martial arts, business, sports, or politics
The demon's sermon on the martial arts : a graphic novel by Seán Michael Wilson( Book )

3 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 60 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Brings eighteenth century martial arts parables to life in graphic novel format
 
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The lone samurai : the life of Miyamoto Musashi
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Taiko : an epic novel of war and glory in feudal JapanHagakure : the book of the samuraiA book of five ringsThe unfettered mind : writings of the Zen master to the sword masterTao te ching : an all-new translationThe book of five ringsThe roots of wisdom : SaikontanThe flowering spirit : classic teachings on the art of Nō
Alternative Names
Scott Wilson, William

Scott Wilson, William 1944-

Vilsonas Viliamas Skotas

William Scott Wilson Japanese-English translator

William Wilson

Wilson, W.S.

Wilson, William S.

Wilson, William S. 1944-

Уилсона, Уильяма Скотта

ويليام ويلسون مترجم من الولايات المتحدة الأمريكية

ウィルソン, ウィリアム・スコット

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