Kahlil Gibran

Born in Bsharri, in the north of present-day Lebanon, on 6 January 1883, under the Ottoman Empire, and deceased in New York on 10 April 1931, Kahlil Gibran was a poet who wrote both in Arabic and in English. He also was a prolific visual artist.


After he had written many books in Arabic and exhibited his paintings and drawings, Kahlil Gibran published his third book in English in 1923:The Prophet. That book, of all his works the most read and most liked by the general public, has been translated into more that forty different languages. In French alone, some twenty-five translations exist, the first one dating back to 1926.

Kahlil Gibran - Portraint and signature

English Bibliography

1918: The Madman: His Parables and Poems (Le Fol : Ses Paraboles et Poèmes)

1919: Twenty Drawings

1920: The Forerunner: His Parables and Poems

1923: The Prophet

1926: Sand and Foam: A Book of Aphorisms (Le Sable et l'Écume : Recueil d'Aphorismes)

1928: Jesus the Son of Man: His Words and his Deeds as told and recorded by those who knew Him

1931: The Earth Gods

1932: The Wanderer: His Parables and Sayings 

1933: The Garden of the Prophet †*

1933: Lazarus and His Beloved 


† : posthumous publications

* : text adapted and completed by Barbara Young

DEMDEL Éditions

The Arlon-based publishing house DEMDEL Éditions has recently published Le Fol, for the first time ever with the original English text and the French translation side by side. Bilingual presentations of the other books that Gibran wrote in English will also be published.