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The Prophet (Alfred A. Knopf, 1923)

Written by Lebanese artist, philosopher and writer Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet is Gibran’s best known work and has never been out of print. The Prophet has been translated into over 40 languages.

A prophet, Almustafa, is about to board a ship to go back home. On the journey, he stops to discuss a wide array of topics. The Prophet contains 26 prose poetry essays on 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.

The follow-up, The Garden of the Prophet was published posthumously in 1933. Gibran died on April 10, 1931 in New York City from cirrhosis of the liver and tuberculosis. He was 48. He was buried in his beloved Lebanon and requested that the royalties and copyrights to his works be owned by his hometown of Bsharri, Lebanon.