Bruce Lee: Artist of Life

Bruce Lee: Artist of Life


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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 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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780804832632
Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
Publication date: 04/01/2001
Series: Bruce Lee Library Series
Edition description: Original
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 443,953
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 14 - 18 Years

About the Author

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.

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Bruce Lee: Artist of Life 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
nm.spring08.j.cida on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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 that he has towards life and I guess to some people this can inspire them, especially those who see him as a role model. This book shows the many stages in Bruce lees exciting life.
aannttiiiittnnaa on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Bruce Lee quote from Artist of Life: "In life, what can you ask for but to be real; to fulfill your potential instead of wasting energy on actualizing your dissipating image, which is not real and means expending your vital energy. We have great work ahead of us, and it requires devotion and much, much energy. To grow, to discover, we need involvement, which is something I experience every day, sometimes good, sometimes frustrating. No matter what, you must let your Inner Light guide you out of darkness"Bruce Lee's wisdom gleaned from many years committed to the path of self-discovery, expressed here in philosophy, psychology, poetry and more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is intresting in a way that it has a lot to do with philosophy and not jus what he did as an actor or martial artist. it teaches a lot about to how to combine movements of your body and mind to make one. Most of the book repeated it self specially when talking about gung fu and mind and body relaxation. other than the fact this book could if been a little more shorter and and maybe more intresting with out the repeatition.
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I bought this book 'cause I wanted to know something more about martial art Wing Tsun (I do it), but instead of it, this book give something more. Way of life!!! Book describes Bruce Lee from other side - not only like actor, master of martial art of Jeet Kune Do. But like philosopher, writer, choreographer, ... This book touched my opinions on life, on people and showed me how to live. This book is perfect. I really recommend this book for everybody.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I found that this book was very interesting and enlightening. I learned much about Bruce Lee, as far as his feelings and philosophy goes. The bad thing about this book is that it is very, very... very repetitious. There are sections in the book that probably are repeated at about ten times. I ended up skipping through a lot of the book because just from the first sentence I knew the next few paragraphs (sometimes the whole page) was just a repeat from before. Overall I am glad that I read this book. Like I said before, it is very enlightening, but I think that, had the book not had all of those repeated sections it would only be close to half as long.