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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In this book there is a large quantity of symbology used cleverly, and yet, obvious. My favorite passages are ''TWO INFANTS'' and ''Have Mercy My Soul''. In this, he keeps asking his soul how long it intends to torment him. Read full review

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Gibran's work is always exquisite - but just a little depressing. This is an inspirational and healing collection of short stories and poetry, and it is brilliant and glowing. Transcendental stuff. Read full review


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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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