Kahlil Gibran

Khalil Gibran, April 1931 Khalil Gibran (; sometimes spelled Kahlil; ''Jibrān Khalīl Jibrān'', or more rarely ''Jibrān Xalīl Jibrān''.}} full Arabic name Gibran Khalil Gibran ( / ALA-LC: ''Jubrān Khalīl Jubrān'' or ''Jibrān Khalīl Jibrān'') (January 6, 1883 – April 10, 1931) was a Lebanese writer, poet, and visual artist.

Gibran was born in the town of Bsharri in the Mount Lebanon Mutasarrifate, Ottoman Empire (north of modern day Lebanon), to Khalil Gibran and Kamila Gibran (Rahmeh). As a young man Gibran emigrated with his family to the United States, where he studied art and began his literary career, writing in both English and Arabic. 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.

A member of the New York Pen League, 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 Laozi.
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