A great American masterpiece and which was made into a highly successful film starring John Wayne, Jeffrey Hunter, Natalie Wood and was directed by John Ford. Two men embark on a quest to find a young girl captured by the Comanches. The story is loosely based on Cynthia Ann Parker, who was abducted by Comanches in Texas in 1836 when she was abut 10 years old. Le May's novel is set after the Civil War. A wonderful read and a great film.
After receiving basic education in Lebanon, Gibran and his family emigrated to Boston in 1895. Returning to Lebanon in 1898 for further education at Beirut's Institute of Wisdom, Gibran became proficient in Arabic. He returned to Boston in 1903 and published his first works consisting of essays in al-Mujahir, an Arab-language newspaper. Gibran studied in Paris before settling in New York City in 1912. In 1920, Gibran and others founded the Pen League (ar-Rabitah al-Qalamiyah). Most of his work was in Arabic such as Dam'ah wa ibtisamah (1914) and al-Awasif (1923) - later translated as A Tear and a Smile (1950) and The Storms (1923). His best known works in English include The Madman (1918), The Forerunner (1920), The Prophet (1923), Sand and Foam (1926) and Jesus, the Son of Man (1928). On his death, his remains were returned to Lebanon in accordance wih his wishes.
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