Kahlil Gibran: An Illustrated Anthology (out of print)
Kahlil Gibran (1883-1931), the Middle Eastern-born poet and artist, acquired cult status in the 1960s as the author of a mystical illustrated psalter called "The Prophet", which has sold more than 9 million copies in America since its initial publication in 1923. It has never been out of print and has been translated into over 20 languages. His texts and paintings explore the individual's quest for enlightenment and inner peace outside of the constraints of organized religious institutions. Quasi-mystical but touching the souls of millions, much of his verse has become common parlance, popularly quoted at weddings, christenings and funerals. With insightful commentary from Dr Ayman El-Desouky, the life of this much-loved poet, artist and philosopher is revealed through his works, paintings and personal letters. Drawing from the full body of Kahlil Gibran's work, this sumptuous annotated anthology provides a key to the man behind those writings that have touched the hearts of millions of readers around the world.
Kahlil Gibran is the world's best-selling poet after Shakespeare and Lao-Tzu. His work is the perfect source for readings and inspiration for key moments in life such as christenings, weddings, and funerals. This book gets right to the heart of the man behind the philosophy. Sumptuously presented with head and tail bands, cloth front and spine, and foil blocking and debossing on case, this is the ideal gift to mark a special occasion.
Dr Ayman El-Desouky is a lecturer in Arabic and Comparative Literature at the School of African and Oriental Studies in London, having also taught at Harvard and John Hopkins. Author of British-Egyptian Relations from Suez to the Present Day, he is currently preparing a study on the conception and practice of Sacred Discourse in modern Arabic literature.
This illustrated anthology will present Gibran's text, which will be underpinned by a biographical narrative of his life and artistic influences.