SPIRITUALITY & RELIGION

And the Prophet Said: Kahlil Gibran’s Classic Text with Newly Discovered Writings

Hampton Roads. Apr. 2020. 176p. ed. by ed. by Dalton Hilu Einhorn. ilus. by. ISBN 9781642970166. $14.95. REL
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Mystic and Maronite Christian Gibran (1883–1931) is best remembered for The Prophet, first published in 1923. The book’s proverbial qualities, delivered in simple prose straddling meditation and poetry, document a stranger responding to life’s questions while visiting an island. This new edition of this classic text, edited by Einhorn (Beloved Prophet), adds to the original by including illustrations by Gibran himself as well as previously unpublished poems and adages discovered in archives at the University of North Carolina. In addition, the rich foreword by poet Daniel Ladinsky along with the introduction by Einhorn flesh out the relationship between Gibran and his benefactor, Mary Haskell, and provide context for various unpublished writings. Einhorn shares his personal connection to this material as well: it was his late mother who began editing these newfound treasures. Here, Einhorn seeks to draw closer to his mother through the work that sustained her until her death.
VERDICT A rich collection for all interested in the work and ongoing legacy of Gibran.

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