Kahlil Gibran was a writer and poet most noted for his famous work of
inspirational fiction, "The Prophet." "The Prophet" became
very popular in the 60s and 70s, especially among the counterculture movement.
Gibran also considered himself to be a philosopher, sculptor, painter,
theologian, and visual artist.
His written works were mostly poetry, parables, and short
stories. He did not write self improvement books in the traditional sense but he
did inspire people to look deep within their hearts for love and serenity.
The Life of Kahlil Gibran
Kahlil Gibran was born on January 6, 1883 in a
mountainous region of modern day Lebanon. He was surrounded by lush natural
beauty that later exerted influence on his painting and writing.His
mother was strong-willed and deeply religious. She had a strong influence on
Gibran, especially since she raised him as a single parent when his father was
sent to prison for tax evasion.
Kahlil Gibran grew up in poverty and had
no formal education other than what he received periodically from a village
priest. In hopes of providing a better life for her children, Gibran's mother
moved her family to the US in 1895.
In the new country, Kahlil Gibran's
love of the arts and culture flourished as he spent his spare time in theaters
and art galleries.
In 1904 Kahlil Gibran held his first art exhibition in
Boston, then went on to study art in Paris under August Rodin. By 1912, he had
moved back to New York, and settled into life as a writer and artist.
More and more books are also becoming available as ebooks and
Kahlil Gibran and "The Prophet"
" was published in 1923 and
is Gibran's most well known work. The book has sold over 100 million copies and
been translated into more than 40 languages. The book has never been out of
print and is in its 163rd printing, being still popular today.
report that Kahlil Gibran is the third most popular poet in history only behind
Shakespeare and Lao-Tzu. The book became a counterculture classic and was
embraced by the New Age movement as well.
" is a collection
of stories as told by the prophet Almustafa as he journeyed back home from a
foreign land. Each chapter is devoted to a life topic concerning the human
condition such as love, work, sorrow, joy, crime, freedom, pain, friendship,
self-knowledge, beauty, evil, prayer, and death. There are 26 essays in all and
they subtly offer self improvement advice in the form of deep wisdom and lyric
The writings of Kahlil Gibran were heavily influenced by
spirituality and mysticism. He borrowed from Christianity, Sufism, Hinduism,
Islam, and Theosophy.
He is remembered for his writings on spiritual love
and many of the passages in "The Prophet
" make for thought-provoking spiritual
quotes to remember.
Other Works by Kahlil Gibran
• "The Treasured
Writings of Kahlil Gibran
" is a collection of many of the
poems and short stories that were written by Gibran during his
lifetime. This collection is available as a Kindle ebook or
hardback bound for collecting or gift giving.
• "The Broken Wings
" is another collection of the simple yet profound
writings of Kahlil Gibran. It is also available as a Kindle
download and like other writings by this great author, it
inspires peace, love, and serenity in its readers.
"Jesus The Son Of Man
" is a story by Kahlil Gibran that
portrays the life of Jesus through the eyes of the people who
knew him such as Simon Peter, Mary Magdalene, and Pontius
• "Love Letters in the Sand: The Love Poems of Kahlil Gibran
" is a collection of thoughts about love and the
search for a soulmate. These inspirational and moving poems
are simple yet beautiful, and manage to capture the many paths
love leads us through during our lives.
• Poems and
stories by Kahlil Gibran that were published in English
individually in his lifetime and are now included in various
compilations include "The Madman
," "Twenty Drawings
," "The Forerunner
," "Sand and Foam
," "Kingdom of the Imagination
"The Earth Gods
," "The Wanderer
," "The Garden of the Prophet,
and "Lazarus and his Beloved
The Death of Kahlil
Kahlil Gibran died at the age of 46 on April 10.
1931. He passed away in New York City from tuberculosis and
cirrhosis of the liver.
A year later his final wishes
were carried out and he was buried in the beloved land of his
birth, Lebanon. The location is now home to the Gibran Museum
which houses many of his paintings, private manuscripts and
belongings from his studio in New York. The museum is in
Gibran's hometown of Bsharri and all royalties from the works
of Kahlil Gibran were willed to the town to be "used for good
While Kahlil Gibran didn't write traditional
self improvement books like many of today's personal
development authors, he certainly had a gift for touching the
hearts of readers and inspiring them to grow towards love.
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