Internationally celebrated for his writing and his music, Leonard Cohen is one of the legendary writers, performers, and most consistently daring artists of our time. Book of Longing is his dazzling new collection of poetry -- twenty years in the making -- written on southern California's Mount Baldy and in Los Angeles, Montreal, and Mumbai. Following his highly acclaimed 1984 publication, Book of Mercy, and containing Cohen's own playful and provocative line drawings, Book of Longing brings together all the elements that have elevated Leonard Cohen's artistry to worldwide recognition.
About the Author
Leonard Cohen was born in Montreal in 1934. He received his B.A. from McGill University and pursued graduate studies in English at Columbia University. Soon thereafter, he returned to Montreal and worked in his family's clothing business while he continued to write poetry.
His artistic career began in 1956 with the publication of "Let Us Compare Mythologies," He has published nine collections of poetry, most recently, "Stranger Music: Selected Poems and Songs" (1993), and two novels, "The Favourite Game" (1963)" "and" Beautiful Losers "(1966). During the sixties he achieved national and international acclaim as a composer-singer. He has made seventeen albums, the latest being "Dear Heather "(2004). Numerous tribute albums, in many languages, have celebrated his songs.
Cohen was made an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1991, and promoted to the rank of Companion in 2003. He received the Governor General's Performing Arts Award in 1993, and has won numerous Juno Awards.
“Book of Longing has exceptional range. It is clear yet steamy, cosmic yet private, both playful and profound.”
-New York Times
“. . .alive and contradictory. . . you should read the whole volume. . .”