The Law: Profits from The Prophet

. . . Unless the exchange be in love and kindly justice, it will but lead some to greed and others to hunger.

Kahlil Gibran's 1923 view of money matters, as spelled out in The Prophet, may have had some roots in his memories of the rough-and-tumble commerce practiced in his native village of Bsharri, Lebanon. Eight years later, when the author lay dying of tuberculosis in St. Vincent's Hospital in New York, he scribbled a one-page will in which he bequeathed the royalties from seven books to the people of Bsharri. After all, the books were not selling very well; they...

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