Prophet: The Life and Times of Kahil Gibran

Prophet: The Life and Times of Kahil Gibran

by Robin A. Waterfield
     
 

In this definitive biography, Robin Waterfield traces the influences that shaped Kahil Gibran, author of the inspirational New Age text The Prophet, which has sold millions of copoes and continues to influence legions of readers. Tracing Gibran's development as an artist and as a writer, Waterfield offers fresh insights into his life and loves. Admired by manySee more details below

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In this definitive biography, Robin Waterfield traces the influences that shaped Kahil Gibran, author of the inspirational New Age text The Prophet, which has sold millions of copoes and continues to influence legions of readers. Tracing Gibran's development as an artist and as a writer, Waterfield offers fresh insights into his life and loves. Admired by many as a charasmatic, intelligent, and talented aesthete, Gibran could also be abusive, arrogant, narcissistic, and self-indulgent. In the end, tormented by his failure to live up to his own vision of spiritual fullfillment, Gibran succumbed to the ravages of alcoholism. Using Gibran's poetry and art, as well as the major social and cultural contexts of his lifetime, Waterfield completely reappraises the complex character of one of the most influential writers of our time.

About the Author:

Robin Waterfield is an authority on Gibran and his work. he has also translated a number of ancient Greek texts, chiefly for Penguin Classics and Oxford University Press, and is the consultant editor for Penguin's religious and New Age publishing. He lives in London.

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Editorial Reviews

Literary Review
Waterfield's exhaustive, scholarly study deftly uncovers the contradictions in Gibran's life, while keeping his influence as a writer firmly in view.
The London Times
For the first time, Waterfield's book establishes Gibran as the founding father of New Age literature....More than just a literary biography, the book contains a wealth of social history vividly evoking the atmosphere of Gibran's time.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312254094
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
04/28/2000
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.17(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.22(d)

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