“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 To Redmond Wallis – 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.quotedown2

Leonard Cohen

 

Excerpt 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.

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