Bruce Lee: Artist of Life

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Tuttle Publishing, 2001 - Biography & Autobiography - 288 pages
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 ideas 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 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'
This Bruce Lee Book is part of the Bruce Lee Library which also features:
  • Bruce Lee: Striking Thoughts
  • Bruce Lee: The Celebrated Life of the Golden Dragon
  • Bruce Lee: The Tao of Gung Fu
  • Bruce Lee: Letters of the Dragon
  • Bruce Lee: The Art of Expressing the Human Body
  • Bruce Lee: Jeet Kune Do

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User Review  - nm.spring08.j.cida - LibraryThing

This book is about Bruce lees life if you’re not a fan of his or like martial arts then you probably won’t like it but overall it’s alright. Every now and then he ads some of his advice and opinions ... Read full review

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This book let me enter his world. It is an important reference to know him a little more.

About the author (2001)

John Little is considered 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 The Warrior Within: The Philosophies of Bruce Lee, and co-author of Power Factor Training, The Golfer's Two-Minute Workout, and Static Contraction Training for Bodybuilders. A native of Canada, John is an expert in the fields of martial arts, bodybuilding, and physical conditioning.

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