Bruce Lee: Artist of Life

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Tuttle Publishing, Apr 1, 2001 - Biography & Autobiography - 288 pages
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A rare, never-before-seen collection of Bruce Lee's private letters and writing!

Bruce Lee was an intense man with such sheer concentration of energy that no one who encountered him, on screen or in person, could help but be drawn to him and his enthusiasm for life and knowledge. A voracious and engaged reader, Lee wrote extensively, synthesizing the thought of East and West into a unique personal philosophy of self-discovery. Bruce Lee: Artist of Life explores the development and fruition of Bruce Lee's thoughts about gung fu (kung fu), philosophy, psychology, poetry, jeet kune do, acting, and self-knowledge.

This volume from Bruce Lee's private notebooks is capped by a selection of Lee's letters that eloquently demonstrate how he incorporated his thought into actions and advice to others. Also included are multiple drafts of select compositions, showing how Lee's thought evolved and was refined over the years and how the ideas he was reading and writing about were reflected in his work and everyday life.

Sections include:
  • Gung Fu—reflections on gung fu, psychology in defense and attack, how to choose a martial arts instructor, and Bruce's own view on the martial art
  • Philosophy—regarding human understanding, Taoism, Plato, Socrates, and Descartes
  • Psychology—three types of philosophy, the top dog and the underdog, the four basic philosophical approaches, and learning
  • Poetry—'The Dying Sun,' 'Love is a Friendship Caught on Fire,' 'Once More I Hold You in My Arms,' and 'Parting'
  • Jeet Kune Do–The Liberation—toward personal liberation, notes on JKD, true mastery, and an objective evaluation of the combative skill of Bruce Lee, by those who know what it is
  • Acting—what exactly is an actor, the art of acting
  • Self-knowledge—in search of someone real, self-actualization, and the passionate state of mind
  • Letters—'The True Meaning of Life–Peace of Mind,' 'Use Your Own Experience and Imagination,' and 'It's All in the State of Mind'

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User Review  - Ante - Goodreads

Gives a very good insight into Bruce's thoughts, feelings and ideals. However, it fails to stand on it's on as a book. The constant repetition of thoughts across multiple drafts of Bruce's writings ... Read full review

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User Review  - Chris - Goodreads

Poorly compiled book of Bruce Lee's essays and letters. Seems like the author just threw a bunch of material together the night before the deadline, slapped some pictures of Bruce scattered throughout ... Read full review

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About the author (2001)

John Little is considered to be one of the world's foremost authorities on Bruce Lee, his training methods, and philosophies. Little is the only person who has ever been authorized to review the entirety of Lee's personal notes, sketches, and reading annotations. Little's articles have appeared in every martial arts and health and fitness magazine in North America including Muscle and Fitness. He is the author of Striking Thoughts: Bruce Lee's Wisdom for Daily Living, Bruce Lee: Artist of Life, Jeet Kune Do: Bruce Lee's Commentaries on the Martial Way, Bruce Lee: The Art of Expressing the Human Body, Bruce Lee: The Celebrated Life of the Golden Dragon, and many others. A native of Canada, John is an expert in the fields of martial arts, bodybuilding, and physical conditioning.