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Kahlil Gibran is one of the most popular poets of all time. His words have the power to move emotions, inspire creativity, and transform lives. He produced some of the world’s most remarkable poems and philosophical essays throughout his almost thirty-year career. This enriching collection of his works includes more than 150 of his stories, prose poems, verse, parables, an Kahlil Gibran is one of the most popular poets of all time. His words have the power to move emotions, inspire creativity, and transform lives. He produced some of the world’s most remarkable poems and philosophical essays throughout his almost thirty-year career. This enriching collection of his works includes more than 150 of his stories, prose poems, verse, parables, and autobiographical essays. It also contains over thirty original photographic reproductions of drawings by Gibran. Gibran's best-known work, 'The Prophet' is composed of twenty-six poetic essays. Its popularity grew markedly during the 1960s with the American counterculture and then with the flowering of the New Age movements. It has remained popular with these and with the wider population to this day. Since it was first published in 1923, it has never been out of print, and has been translated into more than forty languages. General Press is proud to bring together, for the first time in ebook form, all of Gibran’s works into a single collection. This collection features the following works: A TEAR AND A SMILE THE BROKEN WINGS THE EARTH GODS THE FORERUNNER THE GARDEN OF THE PROPHET I BELIEVE IN YOU JESUS THE SON OF MAN LAZARUS AND HIS BELOVED THE MADMAN—HIS PARABLES AND POEMS MY COUNTRYMEN THE NEW FRONTIER THE PROPHET SAND AND FOAM SATAN SPIRITS REBELLIOUS THE WANDERER—HIS PARABLES AND HIS SAYINGS YOU HAVE YOUR LEBANON AND I HAVE MY LEBANON YOUR THOUGHT AND MINE About the Author: Kahlil Gibran was a Lebanese-American artist, poet, and writer, born in 1883 in Lebanon and died in New York in 1931. As a young man he emigrated with his family to the United States where he studied art and began his literary career. 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. In his early teens, the artistry of Gibran's drawings caught the eye of his teachers and he was introduced to the avant-garde Boston artist, photographer, and publisher Fred Holland Day, who encouraged and supported Gibran in his creative endeavors. A publisher used some of Gibran's drawings for book covers in 1898, and Gibran held his first art exhibition in 1904 in Boston. In 1908, Gibran went to study art with Auguste Rodin in Paris for two years. He later studied art in Boston. While most of Gibran's early writing was in Arabic, most of his work published after 1918 was in English. 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 Lao-Tzu.


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Kahlil Gibran is one of the most popular poets of all time. His words have the power to move emotions, inspire creativity, and transform lives. He produced some of the world’s most remarkable poems and philosophical essays throughout his almost thirty-year career. This enriching collection of his works includes more than 150 of his stories, prose poems, verse, parables, an Kahlil Gibran is one of the most popular poets of all time. His words have the power to move emotions, inspire creativity, and transform lives. He produced some of the world’s most remarkable poems and philosophical essays throughout his almost thirty-year career. This enriching collection of his works includes more than 150 of his stories, prose poems, verse, parables, and autobiographical essays. It also contains over thirty original photographic reproductions of drawings by Gibran. Gibran's best-known work, 'The Prophet' is composed of twenty-six poetic essays. Its popularity grew markedly during the 1960s with the American counterculture and then with the flowering of the New Age movements. It has remained popular with these and with the wider population to this day. Since it was first published in 1923, it has never been out of print, and has been translated into more than forty languages. General Press is proud to bring together, for the first time in ebook form, all of Gibran’s works into a single collection. This collection features the following works: A TEAR AND A SMILE THE BROKEN WINGS THE EARTH GODS THE FORERUNNER THE GARDEN OF THE PROPHET I BELIEVE IN YOU JESUS THE SON OF MAN LAZARUS AND HIS BELOVED THE MADMAN—HIS PARABLES AND POEMS MY COUNTRYMEN THE NEW FRONTIER THE PROPHET SAND AND FOAM SATAN SPIRITS REBELLIOUS THE WANDERER—HIS PARABLES AND HIS SAYINGS YOU HAVE YOUR LEBANON AND I HAVE MY LEBANON YOUR THOUGHT AND MINE About the Author: Kahlil Gibran was a Lebanese-American artist, poet, and writer, born in 1883 in Lebanon and died in New York in 1931. As a young man he emigrated with his family to the United States where he studied art and began his literary career. 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. In his early teens, the artistry of Gibran's drawings caught the eye of his teachers and he was introduced to the avant-garde Boston artist, photographer, and publisher Fred Holland Day, who encouraged and supported Gibran in his creative endeavors. A publisher used some of Gibran's drawings for book covers in 1898, and Gibran held his first art exhibition in 1904 in Boston. In 1908, Gibran went to study art with Auguste Rodin in Paris for two years. He later studied art in Boston. While most of Gibran's early writing was in Arabic, most of his work published after 1918 was in English. 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 Lao-Tzu.

30 review for The Complete Works of Kahlil Gibran: All poems and short stories (Global Classics)

  1. 5 out of 5

    Roman Struass

    This is a great collection. Inspiring, enlightening, engrossing, touching,... the best of Khalil. It's a collection of his english works. Most of his other works are collected in the Treasury of Khalil Gibran series, which I'd recommend, as well. I bought this book at special price from here: https://www.amazon.com/Complete-Works... This is a great collection. Inspiring, enlightening, engrossing, touching,... the best of Khalil. It's a collection of his english works. Most of his other works are collected in the Treasury of Khalil Gibran series, which I'd recommend, as well. I bought this book at special price from here: https://www.amazon.com/Complete-Works...

  2. 5 out of 5

    Christine

    So that's why everyone raves about this guy.

  3. 4 out of 5

    JoAnne Pulcino

    THE COLLECTED WORKS GOLDEN OLDIE Kahil Gibran In my humble opinion this is one of the greatest prophets and writers of all time. He immigrated to the United States as an adolescent, and was part of our culture unlike so many that were years ago. His superb title THE PROPHET is poetry and philosophy for almost any time or place. As is obvious I am in total awe and dependence on his brilliance and immense humanity and understanding of the human condition in a very spiritual, enlightened and passionate THE COLLECTED WORKS GOLDEN OLDIE Kahil Gibran In my humble opinion this is one of the greatest prophets and writers of all time. He immigrated to the United States as an adolescent, and was part of our culture unlike so many that were years ago. His superb title THE PROPHET is poetry and philosophy for almost any time or place. As is obvious I am in total awe and dependence on his brilliance and immense humanity and understanding of the human condition in a very spiritual, enlightened and passionate man.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Tlaloc

    Mystical, religious, perhaps esoteric, but still an amazing read. Khalil Gibran had a real talent for prose, and even more so for poetry, and this is coming from somebody not poetically inclined. Also contains his art. Worth getting just for the harmony of the words as they bounce around in your head.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Neelam Babul

    Some books are captivating and inspiring and completely transform your life. I had the most fulfilling and amazing experience reading this epic collection of poems, stories and parables by Khalil Gibran. Every word is a pearl of wisdom and every thought is mesmerizing touching the depth of my heart and soul.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Wilhelm

    Like me you probably purchased this after reading The Prophet. This complete volume is a welcome addition as a keeper on your bookshelf as its understanding matures with the reader. I've lost count of the amount of times that I've fished it off the bookshelf to return to a previously read page only to get a deeper understanding.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Priyanka Pathak

    Some books are magical. They have the potential to transform your life. I had the most fulfilling experience reading this epic. Every word a jewel, every thought a wisdom, every prose revolutionary.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Lauren Davis

    So beautiful. So timeless.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Ishank Sharma

    Khalil gibran really doesn't have a variety of style, and he falls short of his aim multiple times to be profound and to say profound things, however, this guy is the 3rd best selling poet in the world behind shakespeare and lao tzu, so for that reason he is worth a looking over. I got into reading him because I saw some quotes of his online and thought they were beautiful. Gibran really does have a lyrial style to his writing which makes his work pleasant and enjoyable to read.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Sam Motes

    “The Prophet” speaks to my heart in a way so few other works do, and it is certainly the crowning jewel of Gibran’s writings in my humble opinion. However, for the seeker of inspiration and enlightenment, there is so much more in his other works in this collection. Gibran's command of the pen gives so many quotes throughout this work on the human condition that speaks as clearly today to the heart and the mind as in the days when Gibran wrote them. The quote that shredded at my heartstrings the “The Prophet” speaks to my heart in a way so few other works do, and it is certainly the crowning jewel of Gibran’s writings in my humble opinion. However, for the seeker of inspiration and enlightenment, there is so much more in his other works in this collection. Gibran's command of the pen gives so many quotes throughout this work on the human condition that speaks as clearly today to the heart and the mind as in the days when Gibran wrote them. The quote that shredded at my heartstrings the most for my personal life was: “Feed the lamp with oil and let it not dim, And place it by you, So I can read with tears what your life with me has written upon your face.” To me this speaks of tears of sorrow as well as joy for the people who have either chosen or been chosen to be in my life.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Chad King

    Gibran has the distinction of being the third best-selling poet of all time, behind Shakespeare and Laozi. He is more of a philosopher-poet in the spirit of Laozi than a Shakespearean playwright and romantic. Some of his poetry and philosophy is deep and thought-provoking, but at times his writing is, well . . . poor. He is not consistently excellent like Shakespeare, but when he's good he's really good. For that reason he's worth reading at least once. Gibrand's two most famous works are "The Pro Gibran has the distinction of being the third best-selling poet of all time, behind Shakespeare and Laozi. He is more of a philosopher-poet in the spirit of Laozi than a Shakespearean playwright and romantic. Some of his poetry and philosophy is deep and thought-provoking, but at times his writing is, well . . . poor. He is not consistently excellent like Shakespeare, but when he's good he's really good. For that reason he's worth reading at least once. Gibrand's two most famous works are "The Prophet" and "Jesus the Son of Man," both of which are included in this volume. If you want a taste of Gibran without reading the entirety of his works, read "The Prophet" and "The Madman -- His Parables and Poems."

  12. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

    DNF'ed at 26%. I just can't get through this book. I think it is beautifully written, but his works read like gibberish to me. I noticed Gnosticism, and other potential heresies in his work on the life of Christ, as well as in some of his other works I'd finished. He seems really into mysticism, and he writes it in a way that resonates emotionally but still rings false. I just can't. I've tried to understand his work multiple times since high school, and each time I think I understand him less.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Gary Martin

    I originally read every piece of Gibran's writing that I could find in high school. I did a paper in senior English comparing multiple translations of his Arabic language work. He resonates with me in a way that few other poets do, although I have a love of poetry. Whenever I am looking for a poetic statement of truth for some purpose, I know that I can rely on Gibran.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Indradeep Biswas

    Words of encouragement Gibran holds the power to transform the way we see life. His work is a reflection of how we are and how we can be. I see this as spiritual literature. Words that bring hope and enchantment to anyone

  15. 5 out of 5

    Nutan

    I must say he is a king of aphorism after bacon.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Amber

    One of my favorite poets. His words never disappoint. I'll continue to re-read his works as long as possible.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Peffs+

    he takes the feelings right out of my heart

  18. 4 out of 5

    Gary Portillo

    Phenomenal mix of his three mediums; Poetry, story telling, and art. Not particularly religious, but I still greatly enjoyed it all.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Shaune

    One of the special books in my collection. The vastness of the imagination, the depth of human emotion and timeless knowledge captured my heart in ways I never thought possible. Kahlil, the genius.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    The River In the Valley of Kadisha where the mighty river flows, two little streams met and spoke to one another. One stream said, "How came you, my friend, and how was your path?" And the other answered, "My path was most encumbered. The wheel of the mill was broken, and the master farmer who used to conduct me from my channel to his plants, is dead. I struggled down oozing with the filth of those who do naught but sit and bake their laziness in the sun. But how was your path, my brother?" And the The River In the Valley of Kadisha where the mighty river flows, two little streams met and spoke to one another. One stream said, "How came you, my friend, and how was your path?" And the other answered, "My path was most encumbered. The wheel of the mill was broken, and the master farmer who used to conduct me from my channel to his plants, is dead. I struggled down oozing with the filth of those who do naught but sit and bake their laziness in the sun. But how was your path, my brother?" And the other stream answered and said, "Mine was a different path. I came down the hills among fragrant flowers and shy willows; men and women drank of me with silvery cups, and little children paddled their rosy feet at my edges, and there was laughter all about me, and there were sweet songs. What a pity that your path was not so happy." At that moment the river spoke with a loud voice and said, "Come in, come in, we are going to the sea. Come in, come in, speak no more. Be with me now. We are going to the sea. Come in, come in, for in me you shall forget your wanderings, sad or gay. Come in, come in. And you and I will forget all our ways when we reach the heart of our mother the sea." (511) ************ Said a sheet of snow-white paper, "Pure was I created, and pure will I remain for ever. I would rather be burnt and turn to white ashes than suffer darkness to touch me or the unclean to come near me." The ink-bottle heard what the paper was saying, and it laughed in its dark heart; but it never dared to approach her. And the multicoloured pencils heard her also, and they too never came near her. And the snow-white sheet of paper did remain pure and chaste for ever - pure and chaste - and empty. ************ A fish said to another fish, "Above this sea of ours there is another sea, with creatures swimming in it - and they live there even as we live here." The fish replied, "Pure fancy! Pure fancy! When you know that everything that leaves our sea by even an inch, and stays out of it, dies. What proof have you of other lives in other seas?" ************ Make me, oh God, the prey of the lion, ere You make the rabbit my prey. ************ Should you really open your eyes and see, you would behold your image in all images. And should you open your ears and listen, you would hear your own voice in all voices. (176) ************ It takes two of us to discover truth: one to utter it and one to understand it. (176) ************ Poetry is a deal of joy and pain and wonder, with a dash of the dictionary. ************ Poetry is wisdom that enchants the heart. Wisdom is poetry that sings in the mind. If we could enchant man's heart and at the same time sing in his mind, Then in truth he would live in the shadow of God. ************ A madman is not less a musician than you or myself; only the instrument on which he plays is a little out of tune. ************ Love that does not renew itself every day becomes a habit and in turn a slavery. ************ The difference between the richest man and the poorest is but a day of hunger and an hour of thirst. ************ If the other person laughs at you, you can pity him; but if you laugh at him you may never forgive yourself. If the other person injures you, you may forget the injury; but if you injure him you will always remember. In truth the other person is your most sensitive self given another body. ************ Wisdom ceases to be wisdom when it becomes too proud to weep, too grave to laugh, and too self-ful to seek other than itself. (208)

  21. 5 out of 5

    Qing Wang

    If you would like to read Gibran, this edition of collected works is perfect, so far as I know. Not only the text but also the collection of paintings. Nevertheless, what intrigued me most is the difference between those originally written in English and those first written in Arab and then translated into English. Has the life abroad mellowed the view and attitude towards the homeland? Or is it an inevitable change during the course of maturation? For several months, I kept reading a few pages of If you would like to read Gibran, this edition of collected works is perfect, so far as I know. Not only the text but also the collection of paintings. Nevertheless, what intrigued me most is the difference between those originally written in English and those first written in Arab and then translated into English. Has the life abroad mellowed the view and attitude towards the homeland? Or is it an inevitable change during the course of maturation? For several months, I kept reading a few pages of this tome every night. It provides rich opportunities for contemplation.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Emily Iliani

    Someone once commented (accurately) that people only read KG during one's teen-years. He is 'too romantic'. Hoping to relive the romance that is The Prophet, I decided to finish KG's collected poems all at a go. The idea only works as a visual stimuli (Everyman's Library did a good job reproducing the great works in standardize hardcopies - an ocd's haven) but to douse the mind with all that romance at one go, proven to be childish. Some of the lines are immature at best, cliche at least. I did thi Someone once commented (accurately) that people only read KG during one's teen-years. He is 'too romantic'. Hoping to relive the romance that is The Prophet, I decided to finish KG's collected poems all at a go. The idea only works as a visual stimuli (Everyman's Library did a good job reproducing the great works in standardize hardcopies - an ocd's haven) but to douse the mind with all that romance at one go, proven to be childish. Some of the lines are immature at best, cliche at least. I did think Jesus Son of Man as a good solid idea but going thru it wasn't pleasant; in fact at times it was almost too painful to stomach all that feigned innocence. I thought I'd enjoy it as much as I'd enjoyed The Prophet the first time I read it at 19. I guess I grew even more bitter since then, the beauty (if there is any and if indeed this is how you describe KG) was lost on me.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Hisham Maroof

    the best way to read the best work of Gibran

  24. 5 out of 5

    Scribblescribe

    Khalil gibran really doesn't have a variety of style, and he falls short of his aim multiple times to be profound and to say profound things, however, this guy is the 3rd best selling poet in the world behind shakespeare and lao tzu, so for that reason he is worth a looking over. I got into reading him because I saw some quotes of his online and thought they were beautiful. Gibran really does have a lyrial style to his writing which makes his work pleasant and enjoyable to read.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Sharang Limaye

    Other than a few touching pieces, this book is mostly gibberish. It's puzzling why Gibran is rated so highly. There is very little that is profound in any of his writing. Whatever insights may be there get lost in the archaic prose. The ideas are so repetitive it gets tough to distinguish between some of the tales. If this is the author's entire body of work, one fails to fathom how he became the celebrated writer he ended being.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Glenna

    This is a popular book from several decades back. It is filled with inspirational stories and poems. The best known title in the collection is The Prophet. I had misplaced a copy of The Prophet I once owned, but I was able to get this "complete works" edition on my kindle. This is a book that never grows old, and I am enjoying my kindle version with selections that are new to me. This is a five star purchase.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Vikas Kuswaha

    Kahlil Gibran has always managed to stun me with the beauty of his words and sensibility of understanding emotions...His words have a rare magic of describing emotions in its purest form. Be it about Life or Love, if you follow his work , you'd know that there's a certain kind of innocence which is visible in his writings... The Prophet, Nymphs of the Valley, Spirits Rebellious and The Broken Wings are my favourites.... A cherished part of my Library...

  28. 4 out of 5

    Tabish

    Highly metaphorical and engaging!! More like a journey inward..at times abstruse....mostly unearthing deep philosophical questions from simple of things, events and moments around us..my favourites The Prophet, Spirit Rebellious, Tears and Laughter, Nymphs of the Valley, The Madman and The Earth Gods.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Omar Al Owais

    Personally I find the imagery he uses beautiful, and the messages in his stories are valuable and we can carry them with us for the rest of our lives. However, out of personal preference, I gave it a three because: a) the diction was VERY heavy b) the style seems olden, which isn't exactly my cup of tea.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Joel

    If anyone want to know the objective of a person's life despite of his character then you must & should read this person's view towards them. It is one of the amazing & dynamic book ever read . Please go for it If anyone want to know the objective of a person's life despite of his character then you must & should read this person's view towards them. It is one of the amazing & dynamic book ever read . Please go for it

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