The perfect companion to Kahlil Gibran's classic, "The Prophet, "this elegant volume presents an original selection of works by the popular writer and artist. It consists of the complete texts and drawings of "The Madman" and "The Forerunner, " plus 20 additional illustrations--many long out of print--and a perceptive essay by art historian Alice Raphael. "The Madman" features a series of concise stories and verses offering uplifting views of human nature. Gibran warmly encourages his readers to abandon the superficial and embrace the true self, an outlook that recurs in "The Forerunner" and its 24 morality tales. Each of the poems, parables, and illustrations reflects Gibran's fervent belief in the transformative powers of love. This splendid keepsake edition of the renowned author's influential works is an ideal gift for any occasion.