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Watts, Alan Wilson (06 January 1915–16 November 1973), writer and lecturer on Eastern spirituality, was born in Chislehurst, Kent, England, the son of Laurence Wilson Watts, a middle-class businessman, and Emily Mary Buchan. He attended King’s College in Canterbury, but business reverses prevented his family from sending him to a university. Instead, Watts spent 1932 to 1938 in London working and reading voraciously on his own. His interest was increasingly drawn toward Eastern religions. He met Christmas Humphreys, leader of the Buddhist Society of Great Britain, and through him ...