Any information about this book? Please?!"The Prophet" by Kahlil Gibran. OR, summary of this book,,, thanks,,,

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William Delaney eNotes educator| Certified Educator

This is a famous book and is available in many editions. It consists of a number of short essays or sermons by a man called The Prophet. He offers religious/philosophy essays on a wide variety of subjects of concern to all human beings. At one timeThe Prophetwas as widely known atThe Rubaiyat of Omar Khayam, and many Americans owned fancy gift editions of Gibran's book. Kahlil Gibran was a world-famous writer, andThe Prophetwas his best-known work. It is a small book. The whole book can be read in a couple of hours. It contains a lot of practical wisdom and is well worth reading. It should be extremely easy to obtain at a library or book store because so many copies were published. I haven't read the book in a great many years. I remember that he had one short chapter on love, one on children, one on work, etc. Each chapter was only one or two pages long, as I remember. Each chapter started with someone asking him, "Speak to us of love" or "Speak to us of marriage" or some other common topic. The answers were often quite original and thought-provoking. The work should be in the public domain by now, so you ought to be able to download the whole text via the Internet. Click on the link below for further eNotes information on the book.

wordprof eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Just a brief addition:

1. Gibran was Lebanese.

2. It's popularity peaked during the 1950's and 1960's as part of the interest in Eastern philosophies Zen, Alan Watts, etc.

3. Its format has often been compared to Nietzche's Thus Spake Zarathustra, in that they both come down out of meditation on a mountain and answer the villagers' questions.


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