Leonard Cohen was born in 1934 in Montreal. He attended McGill University, where he formed a country-western trio called the Buckskin Boys at age 17. He also began writing poetry and was part of the local literary scene. His first collection of poetry, Let Us Compare Mythologies, was published in 1956 while he was still an undergraduate. It would be his second collection, The Spice Box of Earth, published in 1961, that would launch his literary career. He attended Columbia University in New York for a short period before skipping over to Europe to travel on a scholarship grant. While in Europe, he continued his prolific writing career with the poetry of Flowers For Hitler (1964) and his first two novels: The Favorite Game (1963) and Beautiful Losers (1966). To date, each book has sold more than 800,000 copies worldwide. He settled near Nashville in the US in 1965 and decided to pursue a musical career, where he has established himself as not only a poet but a leading pop artist.
From the description of Leonard Cohen Papers 1953-ongoing. 1953-ongoing. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 221478034