The Beloved: Reflections on the Path of the Heart

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White Cloud Press, 1994 - Fiction - 113 pages
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This book brings together essential writings on the ways of the heart. Kahlil Gibran's writings on love and marriage are captured in exquisite prose and poetry translations. In stirring and sensuous images, Gibran speaks of the pain and ecstasy experienced along the Path of Love. He passionately tells of a love that begins beyond time in the shelter of God's love and finds expression in the union of a man and a woman in this world of suffering. This book makes the perfect gift for lovers and newlyweds.

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User Review  - Fred Kohn - Goodreads

Of course, the various stories and poems in this collection vary in quality, but there are so many that are over-the-top wonderful that one can't help give five stars. At the very least, read the ... Read full review

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User Review  - Suzanne Bhagan - Goodreads

I got this as a prize in high school. Before this, I knew nothing of this Persian great. His poetry is sumptuous and worth reading over and over. Read full review

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About the author (1994)

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.

John Walbridge is professor of Near Eastern languages and cultures at Indiana University Bloomington.

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