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In My Own Way: An Autobiography 1915-1965

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In this new edition of his acclaimed autobiography — long out of print and rare until now — Alan Watts tracks his spiritual and philosophical evolution from a child of religious conservatives in rural England to a freewheeling spiritual teacher who challenged Westerners to defy convention and think for themselves. From early in this intellectual life, Watts shows himself to be a philosophical renegade and wide-ranging autodidact who came to Buddhism through the teachings of Christmas Humphreys and D. T. Suzuki. Told in a nonlinear style, In My Own Way wonderfully combines Watts own brand of unconventional philosophy and often hilarious accounts of gurus, celebrities, psychedelic drug experiences, and wry observations of Western culture. A charming foreword written by Watts father sets the tone of this warm, funny, and beautifully written story of a compelling figure who encouraged readers to “follow your own weird” — something he always did himself, as his remarkable account of his life shows.

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Counterculture icon Watts (1915-73), who introduced many Westerners to Zen and other Asian philosophies during the 1960s, recounts the story of his life. He was born to religious conservatives in rural England, and ended up as an Episcopalian minister and researcher at Harvard University, but his account is not chronological or linear. His autobiography was first published in 1972 by Pantheon Books, and has long been out of print. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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ISBN:
9781577315841
Author:
Watts, Alan
Publisher:
New World Library
Author:
Watts, Alan W.
Subject:
General
Subject:
England
Subject:
Buddhism
Subject:
Philosophers
Subject:
Buddhism - General
Subject:
Philosophers -- United States.
Subject:
Zen Buddhists - United States
Subject:
Religion Eastern-Buddhism
Copyright:
Edition Number:
Second Edition
Edition Description:
Second Edition
Publication Date:
20070531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.5 in 15 oz

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