Collected Letters of Alan Watts
He was one of the top guru’s of his time, and you can often find his books still in print. He was an early interpreter of Eastern philosophy, especially Buddhism, to Western audiences–even more so as the counter-cultural revolution began and the 1960s became a decade known for its experimentation and clash with authority. His name was Alan Watts, and you can still find his lectures on YouTube, but we now get something even more precious: a collection of letters that he wrote across his life. We start from his early days when he was a boarding student in England and he had to write a weekly letter home, and amazingly a lot of them survived. We get to see the first times he dabbled in Eastern philosophy and thought. After getting married, he and his new family moved to the United States, where he started to lecture, write, and get more involved in teaching Eastern thought to Western audiences. He became a best-selling author and moved to California. What I enjoyed are the early letters, before he became such a household name; you really get a sense of the man. His later letters, except the ones to his father, are a bit more business-like. Overall, thoroughly enjoyable and interesting.
New World Library