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Bruce Lee signed essay from high school, written entirely in his hand and personally owned by him. Essay appears to be an English dictation exercise, signed ''Bruce Lee'' on the front, written as a student in the late 1950s at St. Francis Xavier College in Kowloon, Hong Kong. Among the earliest known examples of Lee's handwriting and signature, we see a young Lee struggle to learn the English language and methodically correct his mistakes within the essay. One can also see the beginnings of Lee's famous, flowing signature and elegant handwriting here. Lee writes about an inn and its landlord, in part: ''...On the door step appeared the proper figure of a landlord too for though he was a short man, he was round and broard [sic], and stood with his hands in his pockets, and his legs just wide enough apart...[with] an easy confidence...'' Underneath the essay are 20 vocabulary words, with Lee getting 4 correct including ''earthly'' and ''grammatical'' and 16 wrong including ''incredable'' and ''uncontrolable''. Shortly after this essay was written, Lee's parents pulled him out of school and sent him to live in the United States with his sister, as they feared he would be killed by a local gang who Lee often fought with on the street. Sheet measures 6.5'' x 8''. Writing appears on front and verso pages of a card-style notebook insert. Composed in blue ink with corrections in pencil. Near fine condition. Originally part of lot 14 of Superior Galleries' Bruce Lee auction on 7 August 1993, there consigned by Lee's wife, Linda Lee Caldwell.
Bruce Lee Signed & Handwritten Essay From High School -- "…the pure white hangings in the little bed chambers above beckons, Come in!…" -- Among Earliest Examples of Lee's Writing
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