Gibran’s best-known work is The Prophet, a book 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, The Prophet has never been out of print. Having been translated into more than forty languages, it was one of the bestselling books of the twentieth century in the United States.
The opening lines of “The Prophet” plays heavily on the “immortal” quatrains of the largely discredited works of French “seer” Nostradamus. Interestingly, Gibran’s full name is Gibran Khalil Gibran and to which the “number of the beast” 666 of the Book of Revelation (which is itself regarded by Biblical scholars as a dubious work) could easily have been ascribed by Gibran as referring to himself. These unfortunate coincidences most likely inspired Gibran’s opening lines of “The Prophet”.
The book will be in the public domain in the United States in 2018 although it is already in the public domain in the European Union, Canada, Russia, South Africa, and Australia.
The Prophet sells more than 5000 copies a week.
The Prophet was written by Khalil Gibran. It was published in 1923.