Arthur Waley

Arthur  Waley

After being appointed Assistant Keeper of Oriental Prints and Manuscripts at the British Museum, Arthur Waley (1889-1966) learned himself Chinese and Japanese in order to help categorize the museum's collection of artworks. He went on to become one of the most well-known translators of Asian classics into English throughout his lifetime. The Tale of Genji, Monkey (The Trip to the West), The Pillow Book of Sei Shonagon, and The Analects of Confucius are among the books he has translated.