Abû Mâdî, Ilyâ

Abû Mâdî, Ilyâ

(?1890–1957) poet; born in Lebanon. He moved to Egypt where he worked as a tobacconist, then emigrated to the U.S.A. (1911). He published several books, notably Al-Jadowil, ("The Brooks "), (1925). Largely self-taught, he set up a biweekly literary review, al-Samir, in New York City (1929). It became a daily in 1936 and he edited it until his death. He was known as a romantic poet, a poet of moods.
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