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    Burton Watson
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Burton Dewitt Watson (June 13, 1925 – April 1, 2017) was an American scholar best known for his numerous translations of Chinese and Japanese literature into English.

Burton Dewitt Watson (June 13, 1925 – April 1, 2017) was an American scholar best known for his numerous translations of Chinese and Japanese literature into English. Watson's translations received many awards, including the Gold Medal Award of the Translation Center at Columbia University in 1979, the PEN Translation Prize in 1982 for his translation with Hiroaki Sato of From the Country of Eight Islands: An Anthology of Japanese Poetry, and again in 1995 for Selected Poems of Su Tung-p'o.

Early Chinese literature. Chinese literature - History and criticism. by. Watson, Burton, 1925-. New York : Columbia University Press. Books for People with Print Disabilities. Trent University Library Donation.

Burton Watson produced indispensable English versions of Chinese and Japanese .

Burton Watson produced indispensable English versions of Chinese and Japanese literary, historical and philosophical texts. via Columbia University Press. He would return to this specialized branch of Japanese literature in Japanese Literature in Chinese, a two-volume anthology published in 1975 and 1976, and Kanshi: The Poetry of Ishikawa Jozan and Other Edo-Period Poets (1990). and the sixth century . Continue reading the main story. 304 pp. New York : Columbia University Press, 1962. to 249 . ) to the middle of the Latter Han (. The important works of this period are described with many illustrative quotations. After a brief but typically excellent Introduction, three main sections follow : HISTORY; PHILOSOPHY; POETRY.

to the Latter Han (25-220) is accompanied by a chronology, biographical information, and a selected list of translations.

Early Chinese Literature book. to the Latter Han (25-220) is accompanied by a chronology, biographical information, and a selected list of translations.

Burton Watson is one of the world's best-known translators from the Chinese and Japanese. His translations include The Lotus Sutra, The Vimalakirti Sutra, Ryokan: Zen Monk-Poet of Japan, Saigyo: Poems of a Mountain Home, and The Columbia Book of Chinese Poetry: From Early Times to the Thirteenth Century, all published by Columbia. By (author) Professor Burton Watson, Foreword by William Theodore De Bary. Free delivery worldwide.

Watson, Burton, Early Chinese Literature. About the Author: Burton Watson is one of the world's best-known translators from the Chinese and Japanese.

Early Chinese Literature, 1962. Records of the Grand Historian of China, 1961. Gary Snyder: Dimensions of a Life (1991) Sierra Club Books. Ssu-ma Ch'ien, Grand Historian of China, 1958. The Rainbow World: Japan in Essays and Translations (1990) Broken Moon Press. Halper, Jon, ed. Zen Pioneer: The Life & Works of Ruth Fuller Sasaki" (2006) Shoemaker & Hoard. Strange Big Moon: The Japan and India Journals: 1960-1964" (2000) North Atlantic Books. Burton Watson Obituary (Paid NYT Death Notice). Burton Watson reading from The Old Man Who Does As He Pleases.

Watson, Burton, Early Chinese Literature

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EARLY CHINESE LITERATURE. By Burton Watson. 304 pp. New York : Columbia University Press, 1962. ISBN 0-231-08671-7 (pbk.)
Burton Watson has always struck me as an eminently civilized scholar and as a fine translator. Unlike certain others, he wears his scholarship lightly, and doesn't overburden his books with extraneous matter. His many translations and studies of Chinese and Japanese Literature are of uniformly high quality, and are well worth owning as they are books one often to returns to.
In the present book he has given us an account of Chinese writing from the time of the Chou Dynasty (1100 B.C. to 249 B.C) to the middle of the Latter Han (A.D. 25 to A.D. 220). The important works of this period are described with many illustrative quotations.
After a brief but typically excellent Introduction, three main sections follow : HISTORY; PHILOSOPHY; POETRY. Each section includes a selected list of translations, and the book is rounded out with a Chronology and a detailed Index.
Of especial interest in the Introduction is Watson's discussion of Classical Chinese, where, after a few remarks on the nature of the language, he makes a point of telling us that "the reader should perhaps be reminded that when he reads these early Chinese works in translation, he is at many points reading not an incontovertible rendering of the meaning of the original, but only one of a variety of tentative interpretations" (p.12). This is a useful reminder for those laboring under the misapprehension that there can be such a thing as a 'definitive' translation from Classical Chinese.
Watson covers a wide range of topics in his book. HISTORY gives us his discussions of, and translations from, The Book of Documents, The Spring and Autumn Annals, The Tso chuan, The Kuo yu or Conversations from the States; The Chan-kuo ts'e or Intrigues of the Warring States; and several other works.
PHILOSOPHY takes up Confucian Writings such The Lun yu or Analects, The Meng Tzu or Mencius, the Hsun tzu, etc.; Ritual Texts such as The Li chi or Book of Rites, The Hsiao Ching or Classic of Filial Piety (in style and contents similar to the Li chi though transmitted separately), The I ching or Book of Changes, etc. Then follow the Mohist Writings, the Taoist Writings (The Lao tzu, The Chuang Tzu, The Lieh Tzu), Legalist Writings (Book of Lord Shang, The Han Fei Tzu) and Eclectic Writings (The Kuan Tzu).
POETRY offers Watson's interesting discussions of, and fine translations from, The Book of Songs, The Ch'u Tz'u or Elegies of Ch'u, The Han Fu, and a few selected Songs and Ballads.
Watson's book is civilized, informative, well-written, and richly illustrated, and can be strongly recommended as an excellent survey of a fascinating period, and as interesting background reading for both students and the general reader.
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