See biographies by K. and J. Gibran (rev. ed. 1991), S. Bushrui and J. Jenkins and R. Waterfield (both: 1999).
(born Jan. 6, 1883, Bsharrī, Leb.—died April 10, 1931, New York, N.Y., U.S.) Lebanese-born U.S. philosophical essayist, novelist, poet, and artist. He immigrated with his parents to Boston in 1895 and later settled in New York City. His works, written in both Arabic and English, are full of lyrical outpourings and express his deeply religious and mystical nature. The Prophet (1923), a book of poetic essays, achieved cult status among American youth for several generations.
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The garden, which is named in honor of the Lebanese-American poet and philosopher, Kahlil Gibran, features two circular lawns, a fountain, and modern sculpture, including a bust of Gibran. The garden is often used as a venue for peaceful and democratic demonstrations and sit-ins.