A Tear and a Smile

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Heinemann, 1950 - Philosophy - 197 pages
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In addition to The Prophet and numerous other volumes written in English, Kahlil Gibran published several books in his native language, Arabic. Beginning in 1948 we have been issuing these in definitive, complete, authorized versions. They include Spirits Rebellious and Nymphs of the Valley. The largest of these is A Tear and a Smile, which contains fifty-six parables, stories, and poems in Gibran's wholly inimitable manner. Illustrated with four of his own paintings and drawings, A Tear and a Smile is the most important recent addition to the canon of this greatly loved writer.

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User Review  - Hasan - Goodreads

I think this book gives us a great inside to the mind of this beautiful being. His ideology about life, and the hypocrisy in religion which is created by men not by God. Also the reader can understand ... Read full review

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User Review  - Maida - Goodreads

"I would not exchange the sorrows of my heart for the joys of the multitude.And I would not have the tears that sadness makes to flow from my every part turn into laughter. I would that my life remain a tear and a smile." Read full review

Contents

A Tear and a Smile
3
The Poets Death Is His Life
18
Letters of Fire
32
Copyright

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About the author (1950)

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 Masonite-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.

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