Archive for January 2012

Legamus recording: The Prophet

January 17, 2012

My first Legamus recording has now been published!

The Prophet by Khalil Gibran (1883 – 1931)

The Prophet is the best known work of Khalil Gibran, also known as Kahlil Gibran, a Lebanese American poet and artist.

The poetic prose of The Prophet has delighted readers for generations, and the book became particularly popular in the 1960s. Al-Mustafa the prophet, who has lived abroad for many years, is about to board a ship home when he is stopped by a group of people with whom he discusses many aspects of life and the human condition, including love, children, freedom, reason and passion, pain, self-knowledge and death.

The text of this recording is in the public domain in Europe and all countries which observe copyright protection for 70 years or less after the author’s death. As the text was published in 1923, it remains under copyright in the USA until 2019. Please verify the copyright status of this text in your own country before downloading, otherwise you may be violating copyright laws.

For once, unlike all LibriVox recordings, I have decided to release this under a non-commercial licence. This recording is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). I just didn’t want people selling it when it is available completely free. It’s sometimes hard when you just want to give something away, and you know there are people out there waiting to make a quick buck (rant over ;)).


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Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA)

It may be distributed and adapted freely for non-commercial purposes in countries where the original text is in the public domain, as long as Legamus is credited and any new creation is licensed under the same terms.

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