In My Own Way, An Autobiography 1915–1965

Alan Watts's spiritual and philosophical evolution


Alan Watts


Pantheon Books, New York, 1972
In My Own Way, An Autobiography 1915–1965In My Own Way, An Autobiography 1915–1965In My Own Way, An Autobiography 1915–1965

Printing Details

First US edition, second impression. Hardback in dustwrapper. 21.5 × 14.5cm, 400pp.

Alan Watts tracks his spiritual and philosophical evolution from a child of religious conservatives in rural England to a freewheeling spiritual teacher who challenged Westerners to defy convention and think for themselves. From early in this intellectual life, Watts shows himself to be a philosophical renegade and wide-ranging autodidact who came to Buddhism through the teachings of Christmas Humphreys and D. T. Suzuki. Told in a nonlinear style, In My Own Way wonderfully combines Watts’ own brand of unconventional philosophy and often hilarious accounts of gurus, celebrities, psychedelic drug experiences, and wry observations of Western culture.


The book is in very good condition with secure binding and clean pages. The dustwrapper is quite heavily sun-faded to the spine and has some small marginal tears but has not been price-clipped and is now within a protective sleeve.



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