Writer and artist Kahlil Gibran.

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Preserving The Place Where Kahlil Gibran's 'The Prophet' Was Written

October 3, 2017

It turns out that the perpetual cult favorite "The Prophet" was not written in some far away land as one might assume from reading it, but right here in Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts. The young Lebanese immigrant who wrote it — Kahlil Gibran — had moved with his family to Boston and began visiting the arts colony that Marie Tudor Garland established at her farm 100 years ago.

Then, it was known as Bay End Farm, but it was renamed by her daughter, Hope Ingersoll, and has become known as Grazing Fields Farm today. In the early 20th century, Garland arranged for a group of prefab cottages to be delivered and erected on her property. They would house the many visiting painters, writers and poets who enjoyed Marie's hospitality and beautiful farm. Gibran was a regular visitor and is known to have painted and written in one of those cottages where much of "The Prophet" was created. 

Bob Seay spoke with the attorney who represented Ingersoll in a famous case forcing the redesign of Route 25, which runs past Grazing Fields Farm, and with Ingersoll's son, Gerry, about the legacy of Kahlil Gibran at Grazing Fields.

To listen to Bob Seay's conversation with attorney Gregor McGregor, click on the audio player above.


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