Gibran Khalil Gibran

1898: Gibran returned to Lebanon to study Arabic and French at La Sagesse College in Beirut.

-1902: In the space of fifteen months, misfortune struck Gibran’s family three times: Gibran lost his mother, sister and half-brother.

-1904: Gibran met Mary Haskel, an American citizen, who will encourage and help him. He published several poems in prose (which would later be gathered under the title of A Tear and a Smile).

-1908: He settled down in Paris to pursue an artistic training.

-1911: From then on, Gibran settled in New York. He started a rich and an intimate correspondence with May Ziade, a Lebanese intellectual living in Cairo.

-1918: The “Madman”, his first book written in English, was published.

-1920: Gibran founded with other Arab and Lebanese co-writers and poets living in the United-States a literary society “Al-Rabitat Al-Qualamiya”, (The Pen-bond society).

-1923: The Prophet, Gibran’s seminal work, was published. The book was an immediate success.
Gibran started a solid friendship with Barbara Young, who later became his confident.

-1928: Jesus, the Son of Man, the fruit of 18 months of uninterrupted work, was published.

-1931: Gibran died at the age of 48 in a hospital in New York. His body was transferred to Lebanon. It lies today in his native town Bsharri in the monastery of Mar Sarkis (Saint Serge), turned into a museum

1883: Gibran Kahlil Gibran was born in Bsharri, a village in the north of Lebanon. He originated from a humble family. His father, Kahlil, worked as a tax collector. His mother Kamle Rahme had one child called Boutros from a previous marriage. After Gibran, Kamle gave birth to Mariana and Sultana. -1895: Gibran’s mother, Kamle, immigrated to Boston with her four children hoping to flee misery, while his father stayed in Lebanon passing through financial difficulties. In the United States, Gibran met the famous photographer, Fred Holland Day.