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Best Leonard Cohen Books – Biographies and Books by the Songwriter

Leonard Cohen Books

Leonard Cohen is one of our favorite songwriters, but in addition to his excellent music, he also published a number of books of poetry and fiction. Here are some of the best Leonard Cohen books — including both biographies and books by the songwriter.

This week marks the anniversary of his death in 2016. We remember his life and work with this reading guide to the best Leonard Cohen Books …

Leonard Cohen Books

9. The Flame: Poems Notebooks Lyrics Drawings

by Leonard Cohen

The Flame is the final work from Leonard Cohen, the revered poet and musician whose fans span generations and whose work is celebrated throughout the world. Featuring poems, excerpts from his private notebooks, lyrics, and hand-drawn self-portraits, The Flame offers an unprecedentedly intimate look inside the life and mind of a singular artist.

A reckoning with a life lived deeply and passionately, with wit and panache, The Flame is a valedictory work.

“This volume contains my father’s final efforts as a poet,” writes Cohen’s son, Adam Cohen, in his foreword. “It was what he was staying alive to do, his sole breathing purpose at the end.”

Leonard Cohen died in late 2016. But “each page of paper that he blackened,” in the words of his son, “was lasting evidence of a burning soul.”



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