Khalil Gibran: Giving with joy
There are those who give with joy,
and that joy is their reward.
Khalil Gibran, Full Arabic name Gibran Khalil Gibran, (January 6, 1883 - April 10, 1931) was a Lebanese-American artist, poet, and writer of the New York Pen League, writing in both English and Arabic. In the Arab world, Gibran is regarded as a literary and political rebel. His romantic style was at the heart of a renaissance in modern Arabic literature, especially prose poetry, breaking away from the classical school. In Lebanon, he is still celebrated as a literary hero. He is chiefly known in the English-speaking world for his 1923 book The Prophet, an early example of inspirational fiction including a series of philosophical essays written in poetic English prose. The book sold well despite a cool critical reception, gaining popularity in the 1930s and again especially in the 1960s counterculture. Gibran is the third best-selling poet of all time, behind Shakespeare and Laozi.