The Poet In New York and Other Poems

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  • First Edition of The Poet In New York; Signed by Leonard Cohen

    LORCA, Federico Garcia [Leonard Cohen].

    The Poet In New York and Other Poems.

    New York: W.W. Norton & Company 1940.

    First edition of Lorca’s masterpiece. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by fellow poet Leonard Cohen on the front free endpaper. Cohen was deeply influenced by the work of Lorca for the duration of his poetic and musical career. “Now, you know of my deep association and confraternity with the poet Federico Garcia Lorca. I could say that when I was a young man, an adolescent, and I hungered for a voice, I studied the English poets and I knew their work well, and I copied their styles, but I could not find a voice. It was only when I read, even in translation, the works of Lorca that I understood that there was a voice. It is not that I copied his voice; I would not dare. But he gave me permission to find a voice, to locate a voice, that is to locate a self, a self that is not fixed, a self that struggles for its own existence. As I grew older, I understood that instructions came with this voice. What were these instructions? The instructions were never to lament casually. And if one is to express the great inevitable defeat that awaits us all, it must be done within the strict confines of dignity and beauty” (Leonard Cohen). Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Translated by Rolfe Humphries. A unique example, most rare and desirable signed by Cohen.

    Price: $8,800.00

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