Gibran Khalil Gibran – the 20th Century’s Lebanese-American wordsmith

29 Sep 2019

Khalil Gibran was an author and poet who actively contributed to the literary art scene in 20th century America and whose legacy still lives on to this very day. Born on January 6, 1883, in an Ottoman-ruled Bsharri (present-day Lebanon), Gibran, his mother, and siblings made the arduous journey to America in 1895, in search for a better life. Even though his work was primarily created in the U.S., Gibran wrote mostly in Arabic until 1918 and is recognized as one of the most influential authors in Arabic literature. In 1904, the artist met Elizabeth Haskell, his future editor. Following this, the artist went on to create masterpieces such as The Madman, The Prophet and Sand and Foam, which continue to have an impact on modern audiences. In fact, ever since it was first published in 1923, The Prophet has never been out of print.

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