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The Way and Its Power: A Study of the Tao Te Ching and Its Place in Chinese Thought

by The Arthur Waley Estate & Arthur Waley

First published in 1934.

Unlike previous translations, this translation of Lao Tzu's Tao Tê Ching is based not on the medieval commentaries but on a close study of the whole of early Chinese literature.


The Opium War Through Chinese Eyes

by The Arthur Waley Estate & Arthur Waley

First published in 1958.

This volume translates and places in the appropriate historical context a number of private documents, such as diaries, autobiographies and confessions, which explain what the Opium...


The Real Tripitaka: And Other Pieces

by The Arthur Waley Estate & Arthur Waley

First published in 1952.

The Real Tripitaka gives an account of the seventh century pilgrim's adventures, spiritual and material, both in India and after his return to China. In addition the book contains an...


The Life and Times of Po Chu-I

by The Arthur Waley Estate & Arthur Waley

First published in 1949.

This book gives the biographical background to the many poems of Po Chü-I (A.D 772-846) and traces the connection between his literary career and the disturbed political life of the...


The Secret History of the Mongols: And Other Pieces

by Arthur Waley

First published in 1963 this book largely uses the Chinese version but with constant reference to the Mongol text. The parts selected (founded on story-tellers' tales) date from the middle of the thirteenth...


Yuan Mei: Eighteenth Century Chinese Poet

by The Arthur Waley Estate & Arthur Waley

First published in 1956. Arthur Waley presents here an engrossing account of the works and life of Yuan Mei (1716-1797), the best-known poet of his time.


The Noh Plays of Japan

by Arthur Waley

The Noh Plays of Japan, first published in 1921 and justly famous for more than three-quarters of a century, established the Noh play for the Western reader as beautiful literature. It contains Arthur Waley's...