Monday, January 07, 2008

Alcohol Killed 'The Prophet'

The excellent New Yorker continues its literary war on the alcohol-as-muse delusion. In the Jan. 7 issue is a thumbnail bio of Kahlil Gibran, author of the huge bestseller, The Prophet. After the success of this book, Gibran took to drinking heavily. Eight years after The Prophet, having produced nothing further of note, he died of cirrhosis of the liver, at age 48.


Gadfly said...

Though I doubt he is the type of writer the New Yorker would profile, if you read the biography of Ed Abbey, and are familiar with him otherwise, I believe you can piece together 2+2 to take a gander at what killed him. (Not too many things give you esophagal varisces.)

Mike said...

Hi. nice blog.I do have plenty of family members with addictions, mainly alcohol. I try to deal with their attitude changes and give them advice when I see them sober if I do. It's hard especially when is someone close you love.please advice them to take a drug treament program.