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By Ira B. Nadel

ISBN-10: 0307367029

ISBN-13: 9780307367020

Reissued with a brand new afterword

Leonard Cohen is again! With a number 1 bestselling poetry assortment, The e-book of Longing, flying off bookshelves; Lian Lunson's acclaimed documentary, Leonard Cohen: I'm Your Man, in theatres this summer season (the DVD will unlock this fall); and the wonderful soundtrack in track shops all over the place, Leonard Cohen proves he's Canada's such a lot enduring icon. Now, within the newly reissued Various Positions, Ira Nadel peels again the numerous layers to bare the guy and clarify the attention-grabbing courting among Leonard Cohen's existence and his paintings. This publication is a outstanding and infrequent examine Leonard Cohen, up shut and personal.

For approximately 40 years, Leonard Cohen has persevered the ups and downs of a global occupation that has alternately pointed out him because the "Prince of Bummers" and Canada's most beneficial poet and performer. Now, writer Ira Nadel brings us towards knowing those conflicting descriptions and permits us to go into Cohen's inner most global. He peels again the various layers to bare the fellow and clarify the interesting courting among Cohen's lifestyles and his art.

This is a striking and infrequent examine Leonard Cohen, up shut and private.

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Evidently the same motives had dictated his choice as those which were behind the refusal of The Desire and Pursuit of the Whole ; and, remembering the Millard letters, it was not difficult to guess what they were. But in any event it seemed useless to attempt to break down Mr. Rolfe's reluctance till I had learned what there was to be learned from my other correspondents. Mr. Shane Leslie was an obvious source : he must have made inquiries over the whole ground before writing his biographical survey.

However, I've never bilked any landlords, if that's what you want to know. Never. They saw that I worked like nineteen galley-slaves ; and they offered to trust me. I voluminously explained my exact position and prospects to them. I was foolish enough to believe that you Catholics would keep your promises. • . So I accepted credit. I wish I had died. . • When I was defrauded of my wages, my landlords lost patience (poor things-I don't blame them), harried me, reproached me, at length turned me out, and so prevented me from paying them.

But I was a most abject fool. I used to think that this diligent ascetic life would pay me best. I made the mistake of omitting to give its due importance to the word ' own ' mthe adage ' Virtue is its own reward '. •• I repeat, I never was,idle. I did work after work. I delineated saints and seraphim, and sinners, chiefly the former : a series of rather interesting and polyonomous devils in a period of desperate revolt. I slaved as a professional photographer, making (from French prints) a set of negatives for lantern-slides of the Holy Land which were advertised as being ' from original negatives • • .

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