“The University of Saskatchewan…wants to buy all my manuscripts, letters, laundry lists… Would you get all that shit in the cabinet in the studio and send it to me. It’s suddenly worth about a thousand dollars.” Leonard Cohen – 1963

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A curious Canadian thing has happened. The University of Saskatchewan has established a Poetry Research Centre or something and they want to buy all my manuscripts, letters, laundry lists, and so forth. So I need your help. Would you get all that shit in the cabinet in the studio and send it to me. It’s suddenly worth about a thousand dollars.

 

Leonard Cohen

 

It turns out that the University Of Toronto’s Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library wasn’t the only place that lusted after Leonard’s manuscripts.

The excerpt is from Leonard Cohen’s Dec 11, 1963 letter to Redmond Wallis, a writer from New Zealand, who was Cohen’s friend as well as his fellow resident on Hydra. At the time this letter was written, Leonard Cohen was living in Montreal, and Wallis was at his home on Hydra. This letter is archived at the National Library of New Zealand – Wellington.

To put the “about a thousand dollars” in perspective, three years earlier, Leonard had purchased his house in Hydra for $1500.

 

Credit Due Department: The original uploader of the photo of University of Saskatchewan was Parihav at English Wikipedia – Transferred from en.wikipedia to Commons. CC BY-SA 3.0, Wikimedia Commons.

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 May 18, 2018.

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