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Biography of Charles Bukowski

Charles Bukowski

Charles Bukowski (1920 - 1994)

Charles Bukowski (August 16, 1920 - March 9, 1994), American poet and novelist, was born in Andernach, Germany and moved to Los Angeles, California three years later. He lived there much of his life.

He acknowledged Anton Chekhov, Ernest Hemingway, John Fante, Louis-Ferdinand CÚline and others as influences on his writing, and was also knowledgeable about classical music. He was extremely prolific, publishing over 40 books of poetry and prose between 1960 and the early 1990s.

One critic described Bukowski's fiction as a "detailed depiction of a certain taboo male fantasy: the uninhibited bachelor, slobby, anti-social, and utterly free."

Bukowski spent much of his life among the denizens of Hollywood's underbelly, and he was a long-term functional alcoholic. One of his poems describes his enjoyment of having a medical checkup at which he found that his drinking had had no perceptible effect on his health.

The film Barfly, starring Mickey Rourke, was based on his life, the main character being his alter-ego, Henry Chinaski. His novel Hollywood was based on the tribulations of making this film.

A documentary called Bukowski: Born Into This was released in American theaters on July 9, 2004, generally to good reviews. Actor Sean Penn and singer Bono, friends and fans of Bukowski, appear in the film.

An adaptation of Bukowski's second novel, Factotum, will be filmed starting in April 2004 in Minnesota.


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120 Poems written by Charles Bukowski

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16-bit Intel 8088 chip Comments and analysis of 16-bit Intel 8088 chip by Charles Bukowski 70 Comments
40,000 Comments and analysis of 40,000 by Charles Bukowski 14 Comments
8 Count Comments and analysis of 8 Count by Charles Bukowski 2 Comments
A Challenge To The Dark Comments and analysis of A Challenge To The Dark by Charles Bukowski 2 Comments
A Following Comments and analysis of A Following by Charles Bukowski 1 Comment
A Man Comments and analysis of A Man by Charles Bukowski 18 Comments
A Radio With Guts Comments and analysis of A Radio With Guts by Charles Bukowski 1 Comment
Alone With Everybody Comments and analysis of Alone With Everybody by Charles Bukowski 8 Comments
An Almost Made Up Poem Comments and analysis of An Almost Made Up Poem by Charles Bukowski 2 Comments
And The Moon And The Stars And The World Comments and analysis of And The Moon And The Stars And The World by Charles Bukowski 1 Comment
Another Day Comments and analysis of Another Day by Charles Bukowski 63 Comments
Are You Drinking? Comments and analysis of Are You Drinking? by Charles Bukowski 37 Comments
As The Poems Go Comments and analysis of As The Poems Go by Charles Bukowski 4 Comments
As The Sparrow Comments and analysis of As The Sparrow by Charles Bukowski 1 Comment
Be Angry At San Pedro Comments and analysis of Be Angry At San Pedro by Charles Bukowski 1 Comment
Be Kind Comments and analysis of Be Kind by Charles Bukowski 17 Comments
Big Night On The Town
Bluebird Comments and analysis of Bluebird by Charles Bukowski 275 Comments
Cause And Effect Comments and analysis of Cause And Effect by Charles Bukowski 4 Comments
Confession Comments and analysis of Confession by Charles Bukowski 1 Comment
Consummation Of Grief Comments and analysis of Consummation Of Grief by Charles Bukowski 1 Comment
Cows In Art Class Comments and analysis of Cows In Art Class by Charles Bukowski 1 Comment
Curtain
Cut While Shaving
Death Wants More Death
Decline
Eat Your Heart Out
Eulogy To A Hell Of A Dame Comments and analysis of Eulogy To A Hell Of A Dame by Charles Bukowski 1 Comment
Finish Comments and analysis of Finish by Charles Bukowski 2 Comments
Flophouse Comments and analysis of Flophouse by Charles Bukowski 1 Comment
For Jane Comments and analysis of For Jane by Charles Bukowski 73 Comments
For Jane: With All The Love I Had, Which Was Not Enough Comments and analysis of For Jane: With All The Love I Had, Which Was Not Enough by Charles Bukowski 10 Comments
For The Foxes Comments and analysis of For The Foxes by Charles Bukowski 59 Comments
Freedom Comments and analysis of Freedom by Charles Bukowski 1 Comment
Friends Within The Darkness Comments and analysis of Friends Within The Darkness by Charles Bukowski 2 Comments
Gamblers All Comments and analysis of Gamblers All by Charles Bukowski 88 Comments
Girl In A Miniskirt Reading The Bible Outside My Window Comments and analysis of Girl In A Miniskirt Reading The Bible Outside My Window by Charles Bukowski 7 Comments
Here I Am ... Comments and analysis of Here I Am ... by Charles Bukowski 34 Comments
His Wife, The Painter Comments and analysis of His Wife, The Painter by Charles Bukowski 10 Comments
Hooray Say The Roses
Hot Comments and analysis of Hot by Charles Bukowski 3 Comments
How Is Your Heart? Comments and analysis of How Is Your Heart? by Charles Bukowski 1 Comment
I Made A Mistake
I Met A Genius Comments and analysis of I Met A Genius by Charles Bukowski 2 Comments
I'm In Love Comments and analysis of I'm In Love by Charles Bukowski 6 Comments
It's Ours Comments and analysis of It's Ours by Charles Bukowski 1 Comment
Jane Icin (For Jane - In Turkish) Comments and analysis of Jane Icin (For Jane - In Turkish) by Charles Bukowski 74 Comments
Layover Comments and analysis of Layover by Charles Bukowski 1 Comment
Let It Enfold You Comments and analysis of Let It Enfold You by Charles Bukowski 78 Comments
Like A Flower In The Rain Comments and analysis of Like A Flower In The Rain by Charles Bukowski 2 Comments
Love & Fame & Death
Luck Comments and analysis of Luck by Charles Bukowski 3 Comments
Mama Comments and analysis of Mama by Charles Bukowski 2 Comments
Marina Comments and analysis of Marina by Charles Bukowski 1 Comment
Melancholia
Metamorphosis Comments and analysis of Metamorphosis by Charles Bukowski 1 Comment
My First Affair With That Older Woman Comments and analysis of My First Affair With That Older Woman by Charles Bukowski 1 Comment
My Groupie
New Mexico
Nirvana Comments and analysis of Nirvana by Charles Bukowski 65 Comments
No. 6
Now Comments and analysis of Now by Charles Bukowski 1 Comment
O, We Are The Outcasts Comments and analysis of O, We Are The Outcasts by Charles Bukowski 9 Comments
Oh Yes Comments and analysis of Oh Yes by Charles Bukowski 2 Comments
On Going Back To The Street After Viewing An Art Show
On The Fire Suicides Of The Buddhists Comments and analysis of On The Fire Suicides Of The Buddhists by Charles Bukowski 1 Comment
Out Of The Arm Of One Love...
Poem For My 43rd Birthday
Poetry
Prayer In Bad Weather
Pull A String, A Puppet Moves Comments and analysis of Pull A String, A Puppet Moves by Charles Bukowski 1 Comment
Question And Answer
Rain
Rain Or Shine
Raw With Love Comments and analysis of Raw With Love by Charles Bukowski 74 Comments
Revolt In The Ranks
Rhyming Poem Comments and analysis of Rhyming Poem by Charles Bukowski 15 Comments
Shoes Comments and analysis of Shoes by Charles Bukowski 45 Comments
Short Order Comments and analysis of Short Order by Charles Bukowski 2 Comments
Show Biz Comments and analysis of Show Biz by Charles Bukowski 1 Comment
Sleep
So Now? Comments and analysis of So Now? by Charles Bukowski 1 Comment
Some People Comments and analysis of Some People by Charles Bukowski 4 Comments
Somebody Comments and analysis of Somebody by Charles Bukowski 113 Comments
Something For The Touts, The Nuns, The Grocery Clerks, And You . . . Comments and analysis of Something For The Touts, The Nuns, The Grocery Clerks, And You . . . by Charles Bukowski 2 Comments
Sway With Me
The Aliens
The Blackbirds Are Rough Today Comments and analysis of The Blackbirds Are Rough Today by Charles Bukowski 2 Comments
The Genius Of The Crowd Comments and analysis of The Genius Of The Crowd by Charles Bukowski 120 Comments
The History Of One Tough Motherfucker Comments and analysis of The History Of One Tough Motherfucker by Charles Bukowski 1 Comment
The House
The Icecream People Comments and analysis of The Icecream People by Charles Bukowski 60 Comments
The Meek Shall Inherit The Earth Comments and analysis of The Meek Shall Inherit The Earth by Charles Bukowski 40 Comments
The Most Comments and analysis of The Most by Charles Bukowski 11 Comments
The Most Beautiful Woman In Town Comments and analysis of The Most Beautiful Woman In Town by Charles Bukowski 74 Comments
The Night I Was Going To Die Comments and analysis of The Night I Was Going To Die by Charles Bukowski 33 Comments
The Poetry Reading
The Retreat
The Shower Comments and analysis of The Shower by Charles Bukowski 56 Comments
The Sun Weilds Mercy
The Worst And The Best Comments and analysis of The Worst And The Best by Charles Bukowski 39 Comments
These Things Comments and analysis of These Things by Charles Bukowski 1 Comment
This Comments and analysis of This by Charles Bukowski 4 Comments
This Then Comments and analysis of This Then by Charles Bukowski 36 Comments
Three Oranges
To The Whore Who Took My Poems Comments and analysis of To The Whore Who Took My Poems by Charles Bukowski 12 Comments
Trapped Comments and analysis of Trapped by Charles Bukowski 17 Comments
Trapped Comments and analysis of Trapped by Charles Bukowski 24 Comments
Trashcan Lives
True Comments and analysis of True by Charles Bukowski 1 Comment
True Story
We Ain't Got No Money, Honey, But We Got Rain Comments and analysis of We Ain't Got No Money, Honey, But We Got Rain by Charles Bukowski 61 Comments
What A Writer
What Can We Do?
Whats The Use Of A Title? Comments and analysis of Whats The Use Of A Title? by Charles Bukowski 27 Comments
Who In The Hell Is Tom Jones?
Working Out
Writing Comments and analysis of Writing by Charles Bukowski 1 Comment
Yes Yes Comments and analysis of Yes Yes by Charles Bukowski 11 Comments
Young In New Orleans Comments and analysis of Young In New Orleans by Charles Bukowski 2 Comments


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