Alan Watts
Books

During his lifetime, Alan Watts wrote 25 books on the topics of philosophy, the psychology of religion, and mystical experience. He also wrote more than a dozen booklets, and contributed chapters to a plethora of books. Since his passing in 1973, nearly 40 additional books have been published to date, including writings from his early years and works derived from his numerous lectures. Watts also wrote many popular and academic articles, and much has been published about him. Below is a comprehensive account of his book-related works.

Books

Posthumous Books

  • 1974 — The Essence of Alan Watts: Vol. 1 — God
  • 1974 — The Essence of Alan Watts: Vol. 2 — Meditation
  • 1974 — The Essence of Alan Watts: Vol. 3 — Nothingness
  • 1975 — The Essence of Alan Watts: Vol. 4 — Death
  • 1975 — The Essence of Alan Watts: Vol. 5 —The Nature of Man
  • 1975 — The Essence of Alan Watts: Vol. 6 — Time
  • 1975 — The Essence of Alan Watts: Vol. 7 — Philosophical Fantasies
  • 1975 — The Essence of Alan Watts: Vol. 8 — Ego
  • 1975 — The Essence of Alan Watts: Vol. 9 — Cosmic Drama
  • 1977 — The Essence of Alan Watts [the complete Essence series in one book]
  • 1977 — Three [Three books in one: a) The Way of Zen; b) Nature, Man, and Woman; c) Psychotherapy East and West]
  • 1978 — Uncarved Block, Unbleached Silk: The Mystery of Life
  • 1980 — Om: Creative Meditations
  • 1982 — Play to Live: Selected Seminars
  • 1983 — The Way of Liberation: Essays and Lectures on the Transformation of the Self
  • 1985 — The Essential Alan Watts
  • 1985 — Out of the Trap: Selected Lectures of Alan W. Watts
  • 1987 — Diamond Web: Selected Lectures of Alan W. Watts
  • 1987 — The Early Writings of Alan Watts: The British Years (1931-1938): Writings in Buddhism in England
  • 1990 — The Modern Mystic: A New Collection of Early Writings of Alan Watts
  • 1994 — Talking Zen
  • 1995 — Become What You Are
  • 1995 — Buddhism: The Religion of No-Religion — The Edited Transcripts
  • 1995 — The Philosophies of Asia: The Edited Transcripts
  • 1995 — The Tao of Philosophy: The Edited Transcripts
  • 1996 — Myth and Religion: The Edited Transcripts
  • 1997 — Seeds of Genius: The Early Writings of Alan Watts [U.S. version of The Modern Mystic]
  • 1997 — Taoism: Way Beyond Seeking — The Edited Transcripts
  • 1997 — Zen and the Beat Way
  • 1998 — The Culture of Counter-Culture: The Edited Transcripts
  • 2000 — Eastern Wisdom: Three Classics in One Volume — What is Zen? • What is Tao? • An Introduction to Meditation
  • 2000 — Still the Mind: An Introduction to Meditation
  • 2000 — What is Tao?
  • 2000 — What is Zen?
  • 2002 — Zen, The Supreme Experience: The Newly Discovered Scripts
  • 2006 — Eastern Wisdom, Modern Life: Collected Talks, 1960-1969
  • 2006 — The Essential Alan Watts: Seven Things We Thought We Knew About God and the Cosmos (But Didn’t)
  • 2017 — Out of Your Mind: Tricksters, Interdependence, and the Cosmic Game of Hide-and-Seek
  • 2017 — Alan Watts—In the Academy: Essays and Lectures, edited by Peter J. Columbus and Donadrian L. Rice
  • 2017 — The Collected Letters of Alan Watts
  • 2020 — Just So: Money, Materialism, and the Ineffable, Intelligent Universe
  • 2020 — The Fish Who Found the Sea
  • 2021 — There Is Never Anything But the Present: and Other Inspiring Words of Wisdom

Book Contributions (Chapters written by Watts)

  • 1951 — “Introduction” in Spiritual Practices of India, by Frederic Spiegelberg
  • 1963 — “Preface” in Outlines of Mahayana Buddhism, by D. T. Suzuki
  • 1967 — “Foreword” in The Secret Oral Teachings in Tibetan Buddhist Sects, by A. David-Neel and L. Yongden
  • 1968 — “Foreword” in The Ecstatic Adventure, edited by Ralph Metzner
  • 1968 — “The Point is that Life is a Gesture” in The Ecstatic Adventure, edited by Ralph Metzner
  • 1968 — “The Spirit of Violence and the Matter of Peace” in Alternatives to Violence: A Stimulus to Dialogue, edited by Larry Ng
  • 1969 — “The Individual as Man/World” in The Subversive Science: Essays Toward an Ecology of Man, edited by P. Shepard and D. McKinley
  • 1970 — “The Future of Religion” in Toward Century 21: Technology, Society and Human Values, edited by C. S. Wallia
  • 1970 — “Western Mythology: Its Dissolution and Transformation” in Myths, Dreams, and Religion, edited by Joseph Campbell
  • 1973 — “Foreword” in Embrace Tiger, Return to Mountain: The Essence of T`ai Chi, by Chungliang Al Huang
  • 1973 — “Foreword” in The Religion of Logos and Sophia: From the Writings of Dimitrije Mitrinovic on Christianity, by H. C. Rutherford

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