Autograph letter signed (“Leonard”) to Marianne Ihlen ("Dear Marianne"), New York, 25 June 1969.

One page, 280 x 215mm, on Scientology letterhead; with transmittal envelope addressed to "Marianne Cohen."

Cohen tries Scientology. He writes here: “This is where I am. Working to put it all together. The work. The real work. The hardest work. I have begun it. My whole life has lead me here. How long it will be this place or this world I can’t tell you. But the work, my work has started.” He goes on to discuss money before closing, “I hope you are tanned and happy. Tell Axel that I loved his drawing and his letter. Be well, darling. My love to you / Leonard.” Cohen’s brief affiliation with Scientology would inspire lines in "Famous Blue Raincoat," the sixth song on his third album, Songs of Love and Hate (1971). In it he asks, "Did you ever go clear?"

By descent from Marianne Ihlen.
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