Beongeheon Yu's scholarship in tracing the origins of American Transcendentalism is amazing, especially as it was done long before the internet. He has chapters on Emerson, Thoreau, Whitman, Yankee Pilgrims in Japan, Fenollosa, Hern, Babbitt, O'Neill, Eliot, Pound, and The Beat Generation: Salinger, Kerouac, and Snyder.
This week I reread his chapter on the secular buddhist motifs of Eugene O'Neill. I had just read Barbara Hunt Watters review of O'Neill's personality and work, and this month's issue of Firsts: The Magazine for Book Collectors is entirely devoted to the O'Neill's works and the movies made from them. A fine reading experience.
Of course, my list of favorite Secular Buddhist and Transcendental Novels and Interpretations is at Amazon, at this link. I first published it long ago as a part of the Readerville site, a fine book world unfortunately now vanished into the ether.
Kimberly French at the Unitarian Universalist site published such a list in the spring of 2010 at this link.
There are, of course, a good many such works that don't appear on either of the above lists, above and beyond those works which, though not particularly Eastern, feature some Eastern concepts such as reincarnation. I'll review some of them as time goes on.