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Gibran Halil Gibran's The Prophet and the American Counterculture of the 20th Century


Authors:
Vesela Todorova

Pages: 322-327

Abstract:

This paper discusses the reasons why Jubran Khalil Gibran’s book “The Prophet” has become a world literary phenomenon with more than 9,000,000 copies sold in America, as well as the influence of Al Mustafa’s messages on counterculture formation and New-Age movements in America in the 1960s. Although the work has not been well received by the academic community in America and was not highly rated by literary critics, because of its simple style, the short form of poetic essays and the symbolism used make the Prophet’s messages easily reach the heart of the American youth seeking the way to the spiritual without being obliged to obey the dogmas of organized religions.

Keywords:

Gibran Khalil Gibran, American Counterculture, The Prophet.

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