New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1918. First edition. Gibran's very rare first published work in English. Complete with 71 pages of text and 3 plates made from original drawings by the author. Book Very Good+ with slight wear at the spine and spine gilt faded, minor foxing to the early leaves and a bit of offsetting to the front end-papers. The introduction to the English-speaking world of one of history's most influential poets; third in all-time sales behind Shakespeare and Lao-Tzu. A handful of copies for sale worldwide and no copies found at auction in the past 30+ years. Very Good +.
Praised for blending beauty and wisdom into his work, Gibran’s concise poetry notably provides an intense emotional experience to readers. The Madman narrates the speaker’s fall into madness, using parable and allegory to explore religion and doubt, loneliness and fulfillment, and the tensions that these conditions create within the individual. Very Good + (Item #2127)