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Kahlil Gibran (1883–1931)

Author of The Prophet

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Khalil Gibran, also known as Kahlil Gibran, was born on January 6, 1883 in Northern Lebanon. As a result of his family's poverty, he received no formal education as a small child but had regular visits from the local priest who taught him about the Bible as well as the Syrian and Arabic languages. After his father was imprisoned for embezzlement and his family's property was confiscated by the authorities, his mother decided to emigrate to the United States in 1895. They settled in Boston's South End. He attended public school and art school, where he was introduced to the artist, photographer, and publisher Fred Holland Day. A publisher used some of Gibran's drawings for book covers in 1898. His family forced him to return to Lebanon to complete his education and learn the Arabic language. He enrolled in Madrasat-al-Hikmah, a Maronite-founded school, which offered a nationalistic curriculum partial to church writings, history and liturgy. He learned Arabic, French, and exceled in poetry. He returned to the United States in 1902. In 1904, he hosted his first art exhibit, which featured his allegorical and symbolic charcoal drawings. During this exhibition, he met Mary Elizabeth Haskell, who would go on to fund Gibran's artistic development for nearly his entire life. Not only was he an artist, but he also wrote poetry and other works including The Madman, The Prophet, and Sand and Foam. He died of cirrhosis of the liver and tuberculosis on April 10, 1931. (Bowker Author Biography)
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The Prophet 12,479 copies, 152 reviews
A Tear and a Smile 631 copies, 2 reviews
Jesus the Son of Man 613 copies, 11 reviews
The Broken Wings 513 copies, 6 reviews
Sand and Foam 489 copies, 6 reviews
The Garden of the Prophet 379 copies, 6 reviews
Spirits Rebellious 344 copies, 2 reviews
The Voice of the Master 337 copies, 5 reviews
The Secrets of the Heart 308 copies, 1 review
Thoughts and Meditations 300 copies, 2 reviews
A Treasury of Kahlil Gibran 287 copies, 1 review
Kahlil Gibran: A Self-Portrait 204 copies, 3 reviews
Mirrors of the Soul 199 copies, 1 review
The Procession 176 copies, 3 reviews
The Earth Gods 105 copies, 1 review
Prose Poems 94 copies
The Eye of the Prophet 66 copies, 2 reviews
Love Letters 63 copies, 3 reviews
Treasury of Wisdom 22 copies, 2 reviews
Mestarin sanoja 18 copies
Spiegels van de ziel 14 copies, 1 review
Visions of the Prophet 14 copies, 1 review
Obra selecta 13 copies
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Khalil Gibran (full Arabic name Gibran Khalil Gibran, sometimes spelled Kahlil;[a] Arabic: جبران خليل جبران‎ / ALA-LC: Jubrān Khalīl Jubrān or Jibrān Khalīl Jibrān) was a Lebanese-American artist, poet, and writer.

Born in the town of Bsharri in the north of modern-day Lebanon (then part of Ottoman Mount Lebanon), as a young man he immigrated with his family to the United States, where he studied art and began his literary career, writing in both English and Arabic. In the Arab world, Gibran is regarded as a literary and political rebel. His romantic style was at the heart of a renaissance in modern Arabic literature, especially prose poetry, breaking away from the classical school. In Lebanon, he is still celebrated as a literary hero.

He is chiefly known in the English-speaking world for his 1923 book The Prophet, an early example of inspirational fiction including a series of philosophical essays written in poetic English prose. The book sold well despite a cool critical reception, gaining popularity in the 1930s and again especially in the 1960s counterculture.
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