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Widely known in America as author of The Prophet, which sold more copies in the twentieth century than any other book but the Bible, the great Lebanese-American poet and artist Kahlil Gibran (1883-1931) first became known to Americans in 1918 with the publication of The Madman.

Thought-provoking and inspiring, the book is a collection of memorable, life-affirming parables and poems, many of them casting an ironic light on the beliefs, aspirations, and vanities of humankind -- ...

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Widely known in America as author of The Prophet, which sold more copies in the twentieth century than any other book but the Bible, the great Lebanese-American poet and artist Kahlil Gibran (1883-1931) first became known to Americans in 1918 with the publication of The Madman.

Thought-provoking and inspiring, the book is a collection of memorable, life-affirming parables and poems, many of them casting an ironic light on the beliefs, aspirations, and vanities of humankind -- and many reminiscent of the work of Tagore and Nietzsche, both of whom were strong influences on Gibran.

Among the 35 poems and parables in this volume are "How I Became a Madman," "The Two Hermits," "The Wise Dog," "The Good God and the Evil God," "Night and the Madman," "The Three Ants," "When My Sorrow Was Born," "And When My Joy Was Born," and many more. The book includes several illustrations by the author, whose exquisite drawings are reminiscent of Rodin and the best of Blake.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780394403823
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 9/12/1938

Meet the Author

Khalil Gibran (born Gubran Khalil Gubran[1] bin Mikhā'īl bin Sa'ad; January 6, 1883 – April 10, 1931) also known as Kahlil Gibran,[2] was a Lebanese American artist, poet, and writer. Born in the town of Bsharri in modern-day Lebanon (then part of the Ottoman Mount Lebanon mutasarrifate), as a young man he immigrated with his family to the United States where he studied art and began his literary career. He is chiefly known in the English speaking world for his 1923 book The Prophet, a series of philosophical essays written in English prose. An early example of Inspirational fiction, the book sold well despite a cool critical reception, and became extremely popular in the 1960s counterculture. Gibran is the third best-selling poet of all time, behind Shakespeare and Lao-Tzu.
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Table of Contents

God 9
My Friend 11
The Scarecrow 14
The Sleep-Walkers 15
The Wise Dog 17
The Two Hermits 18
On Giving and Taking 20
The Seven Selves 21
War 24
The Fox 26
The Wise King 27
Ambition 29
The New Pleasure 31
The Other Language 32
The Pomegranate 35
The Two Cages 37
The Three Ants 38
The Grave-Digger 40
On the Steps of the Temple 41
The Blessed City 42
The Good God and the Evil God 45
"Defeat," 46
Night and the Madman 49
Faces 52
The Greater Sea 53
Crucified 57
The Astronomer 59
The Great Longing 60
Said a Blade of Grass 62
The Eye 63
The Two Learned Men 64
When My Sorrow Was Born 65
And When My Joy Was Born 67
"The Perfect World," 69
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