With more than 163 printed editions since it was first published, Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet is his best known work presented through 26 essays written in prose and poetry. The Prophet, Almustafa, meets a group of people in the city of Orphalese, where he has lived in exile for 12 years. As they surround him before he boards the ship that is to take him home after all these years, he begins to discuss with them various topics on the human condition.
Illustrated with drawings by the great Kahlil Gibran himself, The Prophet is divided into various chapters, each discussing aspects related to human life such as friendship, giving, pleasure, eating and drinking, reason and passion, freedom, religion, prayer, laws, good and evil, crime and punishment, joy and sorrow, work, clothes, houses, love, marriage, children, beauty, pain, and death. Through the words of the Prophet, the book encourages us to be non judgemental, and offers spiritual wisdom free from all dogmas and not bound by any religion, making it universally appealing for all to enjoy and imbibe, whether one is Christian, Muslim, or Jewish.
Translated into more than forty languages,and having sold more than 100 million copies all over the world, The Prophet is one of the highest selling books of all time and has never been out of print since it was first published in 1923. It was adapted for a musical in 1974, and featured actor Richard Harris. In 2012, actress Salma Hayek announced that she would produce an animated film version of The Prophet.
About Kahlil Gibran
Poet, philosopher and an accomplished artist, Kahlil Gibran is regarded as the third best-selling poet of all time, alongside Shakespeare and Lao Tzu. Some of the other books he has written are The Garden Of The Prophet, The Greatest Works of Kahlil Gibran, The Wanderer: His Parables and Sayings, Kahlil Gibran:The Broken Wings Tears and Laughter, Sand and Foam, A Tear and a Smile, The Vision: Reflections on the Way of the Soul, Mirrors of the Soul, and Spiritual Sayings.
His prose poetry, written in a romantic style, has been regarded by the Arab and Lebanese community as heroic, rebellious, and depictive of the renaissance phase of literature as opposed to the classical movement. His writings are spiritual in their content and are influenced by Christianity, Sufism, Judaism, Theosophyand Islam. He was born in the town of Bsharri in Lebanon, to a family that immigrated to the United States while he was young. It was here that he began his literary career, writing in Arabic and English. He studied art at an art school in Paris (1908-1910). He died in New York in 1931, at the age of 48.