May Murr

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May Murr or Mayy Murr (Arabic: مي المر‎‎) (1929–-2008) was a Lebanese historian, writer, poet, and political activist.

She founded and presided, many cultural and social associations. She was a member of the Société des Gens de Lettres de France and of the Société Teilhard de Chardin, headquartered in Belgium. She was also the President of the Academy of Lebanese Thought and was a founding member of the political party the Guardians of the Cedars.

She taught at several universities and institutions such as the Lebanese University and the Lebanese Military School, in which she taught mathematics, literature, history, history of art and geography.[1] She was also the sister of MP Michel Murr.

She figures among the woman poets in the Anthologie de la Poésie Féminine Mondiale. Many international critics have praised her poetry. Jean Cayrol wrote to her: 'May Murr, you are filled with poetry to infinity'.[1] Said Akl wrote, in 1967, an article entitled 'A woman invades the conscience of Lebanon':

May Murr in 'Elissa', a Lebanese Shakespeare, has imposed herself as the creator of the Lebanese drama and a giant among giants... Whole volumes can be written about May Murr's art... May Murr is one of the authors who can create something new with the strangeness of a unique treatment; and in the domain of beauty, she creates wonders.[citation needed]


May Murr has written more than 3,000 articles on several subjects (theology, philosophy, politics, literature, arts, history, geography, social problems...) with an emphasis on the problems of the family, womanhood and childhood, in most of the major Lebanese newspapers and magazines, in three languages: Lebanese, French and Arabic.

She was the editor-in-chief of the weekly Lebnan since its creation in 1975 until 1982. She published in this weekly political articles, poems and extracts from Lubnaniyada, her epic poem in Lebanese Arabic (of some 30,000 verses) and historical essays which allowed her to call the history of Lebanon-Phoenicia the Giant of Histories, and to entitle her works on the history of Lebanon in 12 volumes (still manuscript) Lebanon-Phoenicia, Land of God.[1]

In Lebanese[edit]

  • Elissa: a historical drama in verse, considered as a summit in this field. Beirut, 1968.
  • I love You: Love poems (in neo-Lebanese characters) Editions St Paul, 1978.
  • Various publications in prose and poetry in the press.

In French[edit]

  • Pourquoi les Roses? Love poems (in both classical and free verses), Paris, Grassin, 1967.
  • Penchent Leur Tête les Epis: Poems (in both classical and free verses), Paris, Grassin, 1969. Paris, Grassin, 1967.
  • Il S'agit d'un Rien d'Amour: Prayers (in free verse), Paris, Grassin, 1970.
  • Quatrains: Poems (in classical verse), Paris, Grassin — Jounieh, St Paul, 1971.
  • Kamal or the Story of a Hero: Poetry and prose, with a prayer in verse as an introduction. Beirut, Ishtar, 1987.
  • Poésie Trismégiste: Spiritual Poems (in classical verse), Etablissements Khalifé pour l'Impression, Beirut, 1994.

In Arabic[edit]

  • The Most Beautiful Tales of Lebanon-Phoenicia. Beirut.
  • The Magic Birdie.
  • The Time Vessel.
  • Lebanon and Phoenicia.
  • Thor and Maya.
  • The Emerald Temple.
  • I Shall Give Your Name to Tyre.
  • The One Who Restored the Empire of the World to the Phoenicians.
  • Tripoli, I prefer you to myself.
  • He Meant Us for Love.
  • Elissa, Founder of the Queen of Our Emporia's.
  • Sidon Returns from Death.
  • Euclid of Tyre, Organizer of the Mind.

May Murr has also published in the press three collections of Arabic classical poems:

  • My God, I love You.
  • Lebanon also I love.
  • A Kiss for You.

Unpublished works[edit]

Many manuscripts written in collaboration with her husband, Alfred Murr, await publication:

  • Jesus. An epic poem in Lebanese of some 15,000 verses.
  • The First Love Letter, or Thor and Maya. A historical novel
  • Cadmus of Tyre. The Universal Master. A historical novel.
  • He Meant Us for Love, or Adoniram, Solomon and the Queen of Sheba. A historical novel.
  • Euclid of Tyre, Organizer of the Mind. A historical novel in Arabic.
  • Several novels, plays (including Marina), and nine books of poetry.[1]

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