Let Us Compare Mythologies

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Published in 1956 to immediate acclaim, Leonard Cohen’s first published book contains poems written between the ages of fifteen and twenty. Now new generations of readers will rediscover not only the early, though no less accomplished and passionate, work of one of our most beloved writers, but poetry that resonates loudly with relevance today.
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Overview

Published in 1956 to immediate acclaim, Leonard Cohen’s first published book contains poems written between the ages of fifteen and twenty. Now new generations of readers will rediscover not only the early, though no less accomplished and passionate, work of one of our most beloved writers, but poetry that resonates loudly with relevance today.
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When Leonard Cohen's Let Us Compare Mythologies was first published in 1956, its author was a 22-year-old undergraduate at McGill University. Released in an edition of just a few hundred copies, the hardcover soon disappeared from bookstore shelves and into collectors' libraries. Now, more than 50 years later, Ecco has re-released this landmark volume in a facsimile of the original edition. Cohen's first book of poems holds interest both for its intrinsic work and as a field of emerging themes.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061173752
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/29/2007
  • Edition description: Anniversar
  • Pages: 96
  • Sales rank: 442,445
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.51 (d)

Meet the Author

Leonard Cohen’s artistic career began in 1956 with the publication of his first book of poetry, Let Us Compare Mythologies (just reissued). He has published two novels, The Favourite Game and Beautiful Losers, and ten books of poetry, most recently Stranger Music: Selected Poems and Songs and Book of Longing. He has to date made seventeen albums, the latest being Dear Heather. Numerous tribute albums, in many languages, have celebrated his songs. He divides his time between Los Angeles and Montreal.
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I heard of a man who says words so beautifully that if he only speaks their name women give themselves to him.

If I am dumb beside your body while silence blossoms like tumours on our lips it is because I hear a man climb stairs and clear his throat outside our door.

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