Leonard Cohen’s Reading List For Beautiful Losers: Kateri of the Mohawks, Longfellow’s Song of Hiawatha, Blue Beetle, Jesuits in North America, Farmer’s Almanac, & More

Cohen … based his novel [“Beautiful Losers”] on several core readings: P. Edouard Lecompte’s Une vierge iroquoise: Catherine Tekakwitha, le lis de bords de la Mohawk et du St. Laurent (1656-1680) (1927); Kateri of the Mohawks by Marie Cecilia Buehrle;1 a volume entitled Jesuits in North America; an American comic book from 1943, Blue Beetle; a farmer’s almanac; a passage from Nietzsche’s Twilight of the Idols; and Longfellow’s Song of Hiawatha.

Excerpted from Various Positions by Ira Nadel

The Leonard Cohen Reading List

These volumes are the latest entries to the Leonard Cohen Reading List, a compilation of books admired by the Canadian singer-songwriter.

All entries in the Leonard Cohen Reading List can be found at

The Original Leonard Cohen Reading List


I am republishing selected posts from my former Leonard Cohen site, Cohencentric, here on AllanShowalter.com (these posts can be found at Leonard Cohen). This entry was originally posted October 23, 2012 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric.


  1. Kateri of the Mohawks by Marie Cecilia Buehrle was published by Bruce Pub. Co (1954) []

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