Famous Last Will and Testament Poet Kahlil Gibran

About the last will and testament of famous poet Kahlil Gibran.


KAHLIL GIBRAN, Lebanese poet, died 1931

Last Will: Royalties from his seven books, which had earned him little during his lifetime, were left almost as an afterthought to his native town of Bsherri, Lebanon. Increasing in sales every year until The Prophet became an all-time best-seller, the books eventually brought almost $1 million per year to the village. In an extreme example of a legacy's confounding its intended use, strife and factionalism over control of the money literally tore the town apart. Not until 1967, when the Lebanese government assumed management of the estate, did the will finally begin to benefit the town by providing new schools, a clinic, and student scholarships.

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