Various Positions: A Life of Leonard Cohen

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University of Texas Press, Oct 1, 2007 - Biography & Autobiography - 336 pages
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Known as the “Prince of Bummers,” Leonard Cohen is a multi-talented poet, singer-songwriter, novelist, and Zen Buddhist whose career has spanned more than forty years and inspired countless other artists. In this critically acclaimed biography originally published in 1996 by Pantheon Books, Ira Nadel draws on extensive interviews with Cohen, as well as excerpts from his unpublished letters, journals, notebooks, songs, and other writings, to offer a full portrait of this enigmatic man and his artistic career. A new concluding chapter brings Cohen’s story up-to-date, including the release of the albums Dear Heather, Ten New Songs, The Essential Leonard Cohen, and Blue Alert, as well as the publication of Book of Longing and the screening of the documentary film Leonard Cohen, I’m Your Man.

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Interesting mostly because Cohen's an interesting figure; I kept wishing I had his own writing with me as I read it on the plane. Good scope, but a little disjointed, and obviously written by a fan -- lacking in a critical distance that would be nice to see. Read full review

Various positions: a life of Leonard Cohen

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Canadian poet/singer/songwriter Cohen has had an unconventional career, culminating in pop music stardom at the age of 54. Nadel expands on his earlier Leonard Cohen: A Life in Art (ECW Pr., 1994) and ... Read full review

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Ira B. Nadel, Professor of English and Distinguished University Scholar at the University of British Columbia, is also the author of biographies of Tom Stoppard, Ezra Pound, and David Mamet.

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