Leonard Cohen

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Leonard Cohen


Born
in Westmount, Québec, Canada
September 21, 1934

Died
November 07, 2016

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Leonard Norman Cohen was a Canadian singer-songwriter, poet and novelist. Cohen published his first book of poetry in Montreal in 1956 and his first novel in 1963.

Cohen's earliest songs (many of which appeared on the 1968 album Songs of Leonard Cohen) were rooted in European folk music melodies and instrumentation, sung in a high baritone. The 1970s were a musically restless period in which his influences broadened to encompass pop, cabaret, and world music. Since the 1980s he has typically sung in lower registers (bass baritone, sometimes bass), with accompaniment from electronic synthesizers and female backing singers.

His work often explores the themes of religion, isolation, sexuality, and complex interpersonal relationships.

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Average rating: 3.98 · 23,680 ratings · 1,723 reviews · 111 distinct worksSimilar authors
Book of Longing

4.05 avg rating — 5,893 ratings — published 2006 — 36 editions
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Beautiful Losers

3.63 avg rating — 5,112 ratings — published 1966 — 66 editions
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Stranger Music: Selected Po...

4.38 avg rating — 2,319 ratings — published 1993 — 22 editions
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The Favorite Game

3.85 avg rating — 2,943 ratings — published 1963 — 64 editions
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Let Us Compare Mythologies

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4.03 avg rating — 838 ratings — published 1956 — 9 editions
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Leonard Cohen: Poems and Songs

4.42 avg rating — 841 ratings — published 2011 — 2 editions
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Book of Mercy

4.04 avg rating — 917 ratings — published 1984 — 23 editions
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Selected Poems, 1956-1968

4.24 avg rating — 829 ratings — published 1968 — 11 editions
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The Spice Box of Earth

4.20 avg rating — 599 ratings — published 1961 — 18 editions
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The Energy of Slaves

4.09 avg rating — 436 ratings — published 1981 — 12 editions
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“There is a crack in everything.
That's how the light gets in.”
Leonard Cohen, Selected Poems, 1956-1968

“Poetry is just the evidence of life. If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash.”
Leonard Cohen

“The last refuge of the insomniac is a sense of superiority to the sleeping world.”
Leonard Cohen

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