Kahlil Gibran

Lebanese-American writer, poet, and painter (1883–1931)

Kahlil Gibran (6 January 1883 – 10 April 1931) was a writer and poet from Lebanon. He wrote books in both English and Arabic. His most famous book is The Prophet.


Gibran was born in Lebanon when it was part of the Ottoman Empire. His family moved to the United States of America when he was 12 years old and settled in the Boston neighbourhood of South End, at the time the second-largest Syrian and Lebanese ethnic enclave in the USA, and he went to school both in the US and in Lebanon.[1]

He died at the age of 48 in New York City from tuberculosis and cirrhosis of the liver, due to prolonged serious alcoholism.


  1. Walbridge, John. "Gibran, his Aesthetic, and his Moral Universe". Juan Cole's Kahlil Gibran Page – Writings, Paintings, Hotlinks, New Translations. Professor Juan R.I. Cole. Retrieved 2 January 2009.