Burton Watson, scholar and translator of classical Asian literature, has died

By Lilly Greenblatt

Burton Watson, American scholar and translator of classical Chinese and Japanese literature, passed away on April 1 at Hatsutomi Hospital in Kamagata City, Chiba, Japan at the age of 91.

Watson was well-known for his translations of Chinese and Japanese history, philosophy, and poetry, and sacred Buddhist texts. He made many classical Chinese and Japanese works accessible to the English-reading public, helping to define East Asian literature in North America. Read more

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