A short summary of the origins and significance of The Prophet, the 1923 book by Kahlil Gibran
Here’s a question for you. Can you name the three biggest-selling poets in the world? Shakespeare has to be in there (and he is – at number one in most accounts), but what about the other two? William Wordsworth? Homer? Alfred, Lord Tennyson? John Betjeman, maybe? His poetry sold a lot of copies in the twentieth century. No, the other two names to make the trio of bestseller-poets are ancient Chinese poet-philosopher Lao-Tzu, and Lebanese-American poet Kahlil Gibran (1883-1931), author of the 1923 book The Prophet. (Gibran is usually placed third on the list; Lao-Tzu is at number two.)
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Image: Kahlil Gibran, 1913 (author unknown), Wikimedia Commons.