This book is probably one of the last best volumes of actual letters by one of the most prolific philosophers of the 20th century and a significant icon of the counter culture movement of the 1960's, Alan Watts (1915--1973). Today, new generations are finding his writings and lectures online, while faithful followers worldwide continue to be enlightened by his teachings. The Collected Letters of Alan Watts reveals the remarkable odyssey of Watts's colorful and controversial life, from his school days in England to his priesthood in the Anglican Church as Chaplain of Northwestern University, and later, his experimentation with psychedelic drugs. His letters cover a vast range of subject matter with recipients ranging from high church clergy to high priests of psychedelics, government officials, publishers, critics. family, and fans. They include C.G. Jung, Henry Miller, Gary Snyder, Aldous Huxley, Reinhold Niebuhr, Timothy Leary, Joseph Campbell, and James Hillman. Watts's letters were curated and edited by two of his daughters, Joan and Anne Watts, who have added rich, behind-the-scenes biographical commentary.
Published by New World Library | Novato, CA | www.newworldlibrary.com
Hardcover | $32.50 | 616 pp. | 6 x 9 | Illustrations | ISBN 978-1-60868-415-1
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