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  • Published: 1 December 1993
  • ISBN: 9780434290819
  • Imprint: William Heinemann
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 128
  • RRP: $26.99

The Prophet




Hailed as the Bible of the twentieth century, The Prophet is the iconic religious book in the modern world. This perennial bestseller made Gibran the third bestselling poet in the world after William Shakespeare and Lao-Tzu, the Chinese philosopher and founder of the religious lifestyle Taoism. It has been translated into more than fifty languages and sells over 5000 copies a week worldwide.

The Prophet, an international besteller and translated into over fifty languages, is the best-known and best-loved of Kahil Gibran's many spiritual and religious writings. Inspired largely by the beauty and timelessness of nature, The Prophet, arrayed as twentysix prose poetry essays, speaks of love and marriage, joy and sorrow, reason and passion, beauty and death, and conveys the yearning for a Unity of Being that can only be achieved through love.

These qualities made The Prophet the iconic book of the 1960s counter-culture, which embraced love and spirituality. Illustrated with his own enchanting and mystical drawings, The Prophet is a masterpiece, the most famous work of religious fiction of the Twentieth Century, and a wonderful companion for anybody embarking on their own spiritual journey.

  • Published: 1 December 1993
  • ISBN: 9780434290819
  • Imprint: William Heinemann
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 128
  • RRP: $26.99

About the author

Kahlil Gibran

Date: 2004-06-24
Poet, philosopher and artist, Kahlil Gibran was born in 1883 near Mount Lebanon, a region that has produced many prophets. His poetry has been translated into more than twenty languages. His drawings and paintings have been exhibited in the great capitals of the world and compared by Auguste Rodin to the work of William Blake. Kahlil Gibran died in 1931.

Poet, philosopher and artist, Kahlil Gibran was born near Mount Lebanon. The millions of Arabic-speaking peoples familiar with his writings in that language consider him the genius of his age, but his fame and influence spread far beyond the Near East. His poetry has been translated into more than twenty languages and his drawings and paintings have been exhibited all over the world.

His many works include The Prophet, his masterpiece of religious inspiration; The Garden of the Prophet; The Storm: Stories and Prose Poems; The Beloved: Reflections on the Path of the Heart; Jesus: The Son of Man; The Voice of Kahlil Gibran, an anthology of his writings; The Vision: Reflections on the Way of the Soul; and Spirit Brides. He was for many years the leader of a Lebanese literary circle in New York, where he died in 1931.

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Praise for The Prophet

His power came from some great reservoir of spiritual life, else it could not have been so universal and so potent, but the majesty and beauty of the language with which he clothed it were all his own

Claude Bragdon

It's packed full of poems and sonnets and words of wisdom. Inspirational stuff

Tamzin Outhwaite, Daily Express

It was all the rage in the 60s, when it was almost like a bible to me. To any question, there was always a simple answer

Cynthia Lennon, Mail on Sunday

A book that changed me ... was The Prophet by Khalil Gibran, which has passages about every section of life. My parents gave me a copy when I left home; it's a bit of a family Bible

Julia Bradbury, Independent on Sunday

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