Lazarus and His Beloved; a One-act Play by Kahlil Gibran ; With Introduction by the Author's Cousin and Namesake Kahlil Gibran and Jean Gibran.
Greenwich, Conn.: New York Graphic Society, 1973. First edition. Stated "First published 1973 by New York Graphic Society Ltd." on the copyright page. Hardcover. 63 pages ; illustrated ; 22 cm. Price clipped dust jacket. Cigar odor to pages. Pages are age toned. Binding is firm.
LAZARUS AND HIS BELOVED
by Kahlil Gibran
In the great and final decade of his life—after the advent of The Prophet and before Jesus The Son of Man—the play Lazarus and His Beloved was written by Kahlil Gibran. This one-act drama concerning the miracle at Bethany illustrates his continued focus on the historical life of Christ. Along with the traditional figures of Martha, Mary, Lazarus, and their mother is an onlooker. This is the Madman, a character often present in Gibran's works, who here comments on the agony of a man miraculously returned to the pain of earthly life. Although Lazarus has never been published previously, the authors of the Introduction have discovered two contemporaneous accounts of Gibran reading from the play—first to his mentor Mary Elizabeth Haskell, later to a party at the studio of the artist Jose Clemente Orozco. These two descriptions are included. Rich in intimate details, they enlarge one's perspective of Gibran's development as an American writer in the last years of his creativity.
Kahlil and Jean Gibran, the authors of the Introduction to Lazarus and His Beloved, live and work in a brownstone house in Boston. Kahlil Gibran, the deceased poet's namesake and godson, was born in 1922, attended Boston schools, and studied at the Boston Museum School of Fine Arts. Over a twenty-year period, his cousin Marianna Gibran gradually entrusted him with a formidable body of manuscripts, letters, drawings, and memorabilia that were left by her brother, the poet. The impact of this important gift compelled the younger Gibran to pause in his own notable career as a sculptor in order to clarify and complete the diverse accounts of the life of his famous relative, the writer Kahlil Gibran—a man of two worlds, one Western, one Near Eastern. Along with publishing some of the author's unknown works, Gibran and his wife Jean, a Boston school teacher, are preparing a comprehensive biography of the poet.
Born: Besharri, Lebanon, 1883 Died: New York City, 1931
On December 25, 1912, the young poet and artist Kahlil Gibran forecast his life's purpose to a friend and mentor, his "twin heart" Mary Elizabeth Haskell.
If I can open a new corner in a man's own heart, I have not lived in vain.
Gibran's life reflected the anguish experienced by countless immigrants who came to America at the turn of the twentieth century. His response to the early, personal tragedies that he experienced in this promised land was the creation of a compelling visual and literary imagery, one that has enriched millions of lives throughout the world. With its clarity and simplicity, Gibran's vision has continued as a source of inspiration throughout the soul-searching decades of the twentieth century—growing testimony that he did not live in vain.
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