- Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
- Format: Paperback | 288 pages
- Dimensions: 150mm x 226mm x 18mm | 476g
- Publication date: 1 April 2001
- Publication City/Country: Boston
- ISBN 10: 0804832633
- ISBN 13: 9780804832632
- Edition statement: Original ed.
- Illustrations note: pho
- Sales rank: 47,027
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 artPhilosophy—regarding human understanding, Taoism, Plato, Socrates, and DescartesPsychology--three types of philosophy, the top dog and the underdog, the four basic philosophical approaches, and learningPoetry--'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 isActing--what exactly is an actor, the art of actingSelf-knowledge--in search of someone real, self-actualization, and the passionate state of mindLetters--'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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John Little is considered to be one of the world's foremost authorities on Bruce Lee. He's the only person who has ever been authorized to review the entirety of Lee's personal notes, sketches and reading annotations, giving him an insider's look at Lee's training methods and philosophies. He's shared this information with Lee's fans in his books published by Tuttle Publishing, including: "The Art of Expressing the Human Body"; "Jeet Kune Do: Bruce Lee's Commentaries on the Martial Way";"Letters of the Dragon"; "The Tao of Gung Fu: A Study in the Way of Chinese Martial Art"; "Striking Thoughts: Bruce Lee's Wisdom for Daily Living" and "Bruce Lee: The Celebrated Life of the Golden Dragon."
"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"