Philosopher, author, and lecturer Alan Watts (1915–1973) popularized Zen Buddhism and other Eastern philosophies for the counterculture of the 1960s. Today, new generations are finding his writings and lectures online, while faithful followers worldwide continue to be enlightened by his teachings. Now available in paperback, The Collected Letters of Alan Watts reveals the remarkable arc of Watts’s colorful and controversial life.
His engaging 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. Watts’s letters were curated by two of his daughters, Joan Watts and Anne Watts, who have added rich, behind-the-scenes biographical commentary that is included throughout the book. We hope you’ll enjoy this interview with Joan and Anne, as they discuss the creation of this important collection of letters.