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Kahlil Gibran
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Poet
    (January 6, 1883-April 10, 1931)
    Born in Bsharri, Lebanon
    Birth name was Gibran Khalil Gibran
    Poet, essayist, painter and sculptor
    Best-known work was ‘The Prophet’ (1923)
    He changed the spelling of his name to make it more euphonious.
    He was financially supported by a series of female devotees, or ‘deathless admirers.’
    ’The Prophet’ became a favorite of the 60s counterculture and the New Age movement.
    Richard Harris recorded a musical adaptation of ‘The Prophet’ (1974).
    His will leaving the royalties from his writings to his hometown led to intrigue, embezzlement and murder.
    Auguste Rodin called him ‘the William Blake of the 20th century.’
    His line ‘Half of what I say is meaningless, but I say it so the other half may reach you’ was adapted by John Lennon for the Beatles song ‘Julia.’
    After the Lebanese government assumed management of his estate, the $1 million a year brought in by his writings finally benefited his hometown by funding new schools, clinics and student scholarships.

Credit: C. Fishel


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