Artist of Life

Artist of Life

by Bruce Lee, John Little
     
 

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

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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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Editorial Reviews

Booklist
Lee's writings are inspired and inspirational, of interest to his fans and to the multitudes seeking the meaning of life.
Seattle Times
You don't have to be a martial arts fan to enjoy Little's new book.
All Sport and Leisure Monthly
This exceptional new offering is a collection of writing revealing a side of Bruce Lee rarely previously seen.
From the Publisher
"Just as Michelangelo chipped away at a block of marble to reveal David, so did Bruce peel away the layers of his inner soul to reveal his true self to the world."—Linda Lee Cadwell, from the Foreword

"The Bruce Lee Library stands as the definitive presentation of Bruce Lee's magnificent legacy. Each volume belongs on the bookshelf of every serious martial artist."—Jun Fan Jeet Kune Do Nucleus

"With rare letters, essays and even poems, the book offers readers a glimpse into the mind and work ethic that drove Lee, as well as a window into his philosophy."—News China Magazine

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780804831314
Publisher:
Tuttle Publishing
Publication date:
09/28/1999
Series:
Bruce Lee Library Series
Edition description:
Hardcover with Jacket
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.25(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
14 - 18 Years

Meet the Author

John Little has established himself as the ultimate authority on the life and thought of Bruce Lee, who, twenty-five years after his death, remains the most popular martial artist of all time. Little enjoys the complete and ardent cooperation of Linda Lee Cadwell, Bruce Lee's widow, and has access to the complete collection of Lee memorabilia and papers. John Little currently lives in Meridian, Idaho

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