WorldCat Identities

Watson, Burton 1925-

Works: 189 works in 853 publications in 2 languages and 33,213 library holdings
Genres: History  Sources  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Fiction  Quotations  Sacred books  Biography  Diaries 
Roles: Translator, Compiler, Editor, Author of introduction, Other, Creator
Classifications: PL2478, 181.11
Publication Timeline
Publications about  Burton Watson Publications about Burton Watson
Publications by  Burton Watson Publications by Burton Watson
Most widely held works about Burton Watson
Most widely held works by Burton Watson
Basic writings by Zhuangzi ( Book )
54 editions published between 1963 and 1996 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,093 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 tales of the Heike ( )
13 editions published between 2006 and 2008 in English and held by 1,598 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Records of the grand historian of China by Qian Sima ( Book )
48 editions published between 1960 and 2011 in English and held by 1,586 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This volume of the history of the Han dynasty consists of chapters dealing principally with the reign of Emperor Wu, one of the most energetic and strong-willed of China's Rulers. Here the historian is chronicling events he has witnessed and writing of the men he personally knows or has known. In Nagano Hozan's (1783-1837) words, ?He makes us see in our minds the character of the men of the time, and this is why he is a great historian.:
The Columbia book of Chinese poetry : from early times to the thirteenth century by Burton Watson ( Book )
13 editions published in 1984 in English and held by 1,424 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
From the country of eight islands : an anthology of Japanese poetry ( Book )
15 editions published between 1981 and 1986 in English and held by 1,421 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Poems from Japanese anthologies. Includes individual poets with textual and biographical notes
Early Chinese literature by Burton Watson ( Book )
22 editions published between 1962 and 1995 in 3 languages and held by 1,199 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
For all my walking free-verse haiku of Taneda Santōka with excerpts from his diaries by Santōka Taneda ( )
13 editions published between 2003 and 2010 in English and held by 1,094 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."--BOOK JACKET
The complete works of Chuang Tzu by Zhuangzi ( Book )
14 editions published between 1968 and 2002 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,065 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Basic writings of Mo Tzu, Hsün Tzu, and Han Fei Tzu by Di Mo ( Book )
15 editions published between 1964 and 1967 in English and held by 1,028 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The selected poems of Du Fu by Fu Du ( )
9 editions published between 2002 and 2003 in English and held by 944 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The great Buddhist priest Kûkai (774-835) is credited with the introduction and establishment of tantric -or esoteric -Buddhism in early ninth-century Japan
Cold mountain; 100 poems by Hanshan ( Book )
15 editions published between 1962 and 1970 in English and held by 886 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The Analects of Confucius by Confucius ( Book )
11 editions published between 2007 and 2010 in English and held by 875 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Compiled by disciples of Confucius in the fourth century B.C.E., The Analects of Confucius is a collection of aphorisms and historical anecdotes embodying the basic values of the Cunfucian tradition: learning, morality, ritual, decorum, and filial piety. Reflecting the model eras of Chinese antiquity, the book is valued for its insights into the successful governance of the empire and its ideal organization of society. -- Jacket flap
The essential Lotus selections from the Lotus Sutra ( )
11 editions published between 2000 and 2002 in English and held by 863 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 demon at Agi Bridge and other Japanese tales ( )
11 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 838 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
The Lotus Sutra ( Book )
14 editions published between 1983 and 1999 in English and held by 820 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 )
11 editions published in 1971 in English and held by 810 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Sources of Chinese tradition by William Theodore De Bary ( Book )
32 editions published between 1960 and 1970 in English and Undetermined and held by 764 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Translations of Chinese writings which demonstrate Chinese thought and philosophy from Confucianism to Maoism
Mo Zi; basic writings by Di Mo ( Book )
7 editions published between 1963 and 2003 in English and held by 654 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
Han Feizi basic writings by Fei Han ( )
8 editions published between 1964 and 2012 in English and held by 648 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Trenchant, sophisticated, and cynical, Han Feizi has been read in every age and is still of interest today when people are more than ever concerned with the nature and use of power. Han Feizi (280?-233 B.C.), a prince of Han, was a representative of the Fa-chia, or Legalist, school of philosophy and produced the final and most readable exposition of its 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. Ironically, the ruler most influenced by Han Feizi, the king of Qin
The old man who does as he pleases; selections from the poetry and prose of Lu Yu by You Lu ( Book )
13 editions published between 1973 and 1994 in English and Undetermined and held by 646 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
moreShow More Titles
fewerShow Fewer Titles
Audience Level
Audience Level
  Kids General Special  
Audience level: 0.44 (from 0.27 for The Columb ... to 0.96 for Japan, fir ...)
Alternative Names
De Witt Watson, Burton 1925-
DeWitt, Burton W. 1925-
DeWitt Watson, Burton 1925-
Hua, Zisheng, 1925-
Watson Burton D. 1925-
Watson, Burton Dewitt
Watson, Burton DeWitt 1925-
Watson-DeWitt, Burton 1925-
バートン・ワトソン, 1925-
ワトソン, バートン
华滋生, 1925-
English (346)
Chinese (1)