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Gibran, Kahlil (also Kahlil Jibran; orig. Jubran Khalil Jubran)

Born: 1883 AD
Died: 1931 AD, at 48 years of age.

Nationality: Lebanese
Categories: Essayists, Novelists, Poets



1883 – He was born on January 6 this year in Bsharri, Lebanon.


1898 - A publisher used some of Gibran's drawings for book covers.


1904 – He held his first art exhibition in 1904 in Boston. During this exhibition, he met Mary Elizabeth Haskell, a respected headmistress ten years his senior.


1908 – He went to study art with Auguste Rodin in Paris for two years, and then later on he went to study art in Boston.


1918 – Most of his early writings were in Syriac and Arabic, most of his work published after this year was in English.


1931 –He died on the 10th day of April this year in New York City due to cirrhosis of the liver and tuberculosis.










Page last updated: 4:33pm, 25th Mar '07

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