'If there is a man who can read "The Prophet" without a singing in the heart as of music born within, that man is indeed dead to life and truth' - "The Chicago Post". Author of the international bestseller "The Prophet", Kahlil Gibran and his work remain influential to this day. President John F. Kennedy famously quoted from this book: 'Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country'. With a simplicity akin to that of Gibran's own writing, Alexandre Najjar retraces Gibran's life, from humble beginnings in Lebanon to his artistic training in Paris and meteoric rise to fame in the US, his adopted home. Najjar examines Gibran's letters, his publisher's archives and unpublished documents, revealing the extent of his influence and the extraordinary message of peace and hope in all of his work.
Alexandre Najjar was born in Lebanon in 1967. A lawyer and literary critic, he has won many prizes for his writing, among them the Prix de Poesie de la Ville de Paris, the France-Liban Prize and the Amsterdam Prize. Najjar is the author of The School of War, The Silence of My Father (forthcoming, 2009), both Telegram, as well as several books in French.
Preface 71. Bsharri 112. Off to the New World 253. Back to His Roots 334. Tragic Events 415. Beginnings 496. The City of Light 597. 'Beloved Mary' 798. New York 859. May 10110. World War I 10911. From Nature towards Infinity 12312. The Pen League 13113. The Prophet 13914. 'The Winged Self ' 14915. 'Let Me Sleep' 15916. After Death 171Acknowledgments 179Bibliography 180