Flowers for Hitler

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Flowers for Hitler
First edition
Author Leonard Cohen
Language English
Genre Poetry
Publisher McClelland & Stewart
Publication date

Flowers for Hitler is Canadian poet and composer Leonard Cohen's third collection of poetry, first published in 1964 by McClelland & Stewart.[1]

Like other artworks regarding Adolf Hitler as a subject, it was somewhat controversial in its day.[2][3] The inscription on its initial page reads "In an earlier time this would be called Sunshine for Napoleon, and earlier still it would have been called Walls for Genghis Khan." Unlike some of Cohen's later poetry, all of the poems in Flowers For Hitler are properly titled. The opening quote comes from Primo Levi's Survival in Auschwitz.[4]


  1. ^ 1964 Review excerpted from Morton Wilson, "Letters in Canada: 1964, Poetry", University of Toronto Quarterly, XXXIV No. 4, July 1965, pp. 352–354.
  2. ^ Simmons, S., I'm Your Man: The Life of Leonard Cohen (New York: Random House, 2012).
  3. ^ Kubernik, H., Leonard Cohen: Everybody Knows (London: Omnibus Press, 2014), p. 34.
  4. ^ Vesselova, N., “The Past is Perfect”: Leonard Cohen’s Philosophy of Time (PhD thesis, University of Ottawa, 2014).

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