The Prophet

Front Cover
GENERAL PRESS, May 25, 2018 - Fiction - 128 pages
2430 Reviews
The Prophet is a book of 26 poetic essays written in English in 1923 by the Lebanese-American artist, philosopher and writer Khalil Gibran. In the book, the prophet Almustafa who has lived in the foreign city of Orphalese for 12 years is about to board a ship which will carry him home. He is stopped by a group of people, with whom he discusses many issues of life and the human condition. The book is divided into chapters dealing with love, marriage, children, giving, eating and drinking, work, joy and sorrow, houses, clothes, buying and selling, crime and punishment, laws, freedom, reason and passion, pain, self-knowledge, teaching, friendship, talking, time, good and evil, prayer, pleasure, beauty, religion, and death.
 

What people are saying - Write a review

User ratings

5 stars
1501
4 stars
535
3 stars
229
2 stars
114
1 star
51

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - tony_sturges - LibraryThing

Kahlil Gibran’s masterpiece, The Prophet, is one of the most beloved classics of our time. Published in 1923, it has been translated into more than twenty languages, and the American editions alone ... Read full review

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - TheStrawberryMoon - www.librarything.com

I picked up a First Edition copy at Thrift Store! The Greatest Find of My life! Read full review

All 13 reviews »

Selected pages

Contents

Introduction
About the Author
The Coming of the Ship
Love
Marriage
Children
Giving
Eating and Drinking
Reason and Passion
Pain
SelfKnowledge
Teaching
Friendship
Talking
Time
Good and Evil

Work
Joy and Sorrow
Houses
Clothes
Buying and Selling
Crime and Punishment
Laws
Freedom
Prayer
Pleasure
Beauty
Religion
Death
The Farewell
Copyright

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2018)

Kahlil Gibran was a Lebanese-American artist, poet, and writer, born in 1883 in Lebanon and died in New York in 1931. As a young man he emigrated with his family to the United States where he studied art and began his literary career. 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.

In his early teens, the artistry of Gibran's drawings caught the eye of his teachers and he was introduced to the avant-garde Boston artist, photographer, and publisher Fred Holland Day, who encouraged and supported Gibran in his creative endeavors. A publisher used some of Gibran's drawings for book covers in 1898, and Gibran held his first art exhibition in 1904 in Boston. In 1908, Gibran went to study art with Auguste Rodin in Paris for two years. He later studied art in Boston. While most of Gibran's early writing was in Arabic, most of his work published after 1918 was in English.

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. Gibran is the third best-selling poet of all time, behind Shakespeare and Lao-Tzu.

Bibliographic information