"A few years ago, in a review of Gibran biographies in The New Yorker, Joan Acocella notes that Gibran’s publishing numbers for his ubiquitous The Prophet (1923) place him third all-time among poets, after Shakespeare and Lao-tzu, selling over nine million copies in the United States. But his pop culture prowess—first blooming in the 1930s and then again with the 1960s counterculture—moves beyond the books" 
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