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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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"They only burn themselves to reach Paradise" Comments and analysis of On The Fire Suicides Of The Buddhists by Charles Bukowski 1 Comment
225 days under grass Comments and analysis of For Jane by Charles Bukowski 82 Comments
a girlfriend came in Comments and analysis of Metamorphosis by Charles Bukowski 2 Comments
a symphony orchestra.
ah, christ, what a CREW: Comments and analysis of O, We Are The Outcasts by Charles Bukowski 16 Comments
and the sun weilds mercy
as the poems go into the thousands you Comments and analysis of As The Poems Go by Charles Bukowski 4 Comments
at high noon
at the track today, Comments and analysis of 40,000 by Charles Bukowski 18 Comments
at their best, there is gentleness in Humanity.
by God, I don't know what to
call it the greenhouse effect or whatever Comments and analysis of We Ain't Got No Money, Honey, But We Got Rain by Charles Bukowski 89 Comments
Cass was the youngest and most beautiful of 5 sisters. Cass was the most beautiful girl Comments and analysis of The Most Beautiful Woman In Town by Charles Bukowski 100 Comments
cimen altinda gecen 225 gunden sonra benden daha cok sey biliyor olmalisin. Comments and analysis of Jane Icin (For Jane - In Turkish) by Charles Bukowski 81 Comments
death wants more death, and its webs are full:
don't feel sorry for me. Comments and analysis of For The Foxes by Charles Bukowski 87 Comments
don't undress my love Comments and analysis of Trapped by Charles Bukowski 17 Comments
drunk again at 3 a.m. at the end of my 2nd bottle Comments and analysis of Here I Am ... by Charles Bukowski 41 Comments
drunk on the dark streets of some city,
during my worst times Comments and analysis of How Is Your Heart? by Charles Bukowski 2 Comments
each man must realize Comments and analysis of Pull A String, A Puppet Moves by Charles Bukowski 2 Comments
either peace or happiness, Comments and analysis of Let It Enfold You by Charles Bukowski 84 Comments
first time my father overheard me listening to
from my bed Comments and analysis of 8 Count by Charles Bukowski 3 Comments
George was lying in his trailer, flat on his back, watching a small portable T.V. His Comments and analysis of A Man by Charles Bukowski 19 Comments
god I got the sad blue blues, Comments and analysis of Somebody by Charles Bukowski 149 Comments
good weather Comments and analysis of Cows In Art Class by Charles Bukowski 1 Comment
having the low down blues and going Comments and analysis of Another Day by Charles Bukowski 117 Comments
he came to the door one night wet thin beaten and Comments and analysis of The History Of One Tough Motherfucker by Charles Bukowski 2 Comments
he drank wine all night of the Comments and analysis of Freedom by Charles Bukowski 2 Comments
he sat naked and drunk in a room of summer
here comes the fishhead singing Comments and analysis of The Most by Charles Bukowski 12 Comments
here I am Comments and analysis of Mama by Charles Bukowski 2 Comments
hooray say the roses, today is blamesday
I can remember starving in a Comments and analysis of Friends Within The Darkness by Charles Bukowski 2 Comments
I can't have it Comments and analysis of Show Biz by Charles Bukowski 2 Comments
I cut the middle fingernail of the middle Comments and analysis of Like A Flower In The Rain by Charles Bukowski 3 Comments
I even hear the mountains Comments and analysis of Consummation Of Grief by Charles Bukowski 2 Comments
I have just spent one-hour-and-a-half Comments and analysis of Revolt In The Ranks by Charles Bukowski 1 Comment
I met a genius on the train Comments and analysis of I Met A Genius by Charles Bukowski 2 Comments
I pick up the skirt, Comments and analysis of For Jane: With All The Love I Had, Which Was Not Enough by Charles Bukowski 15 Comments
I reached up into the top of the closet
I read last Saturday in the
I say to my woman, "Jeffers was Comments and analysis of Be Angry At San Pedro by Charles Bukowski 3 Comments
I see you drinking at a fountain with tiny Comments and analysis of An Almost Made Up Poem by Charles Bukowski 3 Comments
I sit here on the 2nd floor Comments and analysis of Now by Charles Bukowski 1 Comment
I took my girlfriend to your last poetry reading, Comments and analysis of Short Order by Charles Bukowski 2 Comments
I was fairly drunk when it
I was shacked with a
I'll settle for the 6 horse
I've come by, she says, to tell you
if I suffer at this Comments and analysis of The Meek Shall Inherit The Earth by Charles Bukowski 46 Comments
in the hospitals and jails Comments and analysis of The Worst And The Best by Charles Bukowski 42 Comments
in the winter on my Comments and analysis of Trapped by Charles Bukowski 49 Comments
it
it sits outside my window now
it was on the 2nd floor on Coronado Street Comments and analysis of A Radio With Guts by Charles Bukowski 1 Comment
It's never quite right, he said, the way people look,
it's the same as before Comments and analysis of This Then by Charles Bukowski 40 Comments
little dark girl with Comments and analysis of Raw With Love by Charles Bukowski 106 Comments
lonely as a dry and used orchard Comments and analysis of The Blackbirds Are Rough Today by Charles Bukowski 3 Comments
Long walks at night-- Comments and analysis of And The Moon And The Stars And The World by Charles Bukowski 2 Comments
majestic, majic Comments and analysis of Marina by Charles Bukowski 1 Comment
Making love in the sun, in the morning sun Comments and analysis of Layover by Charles Bukowski 2 Comments
naked along the side of the house,
not much chance, Comments and analysis of Nirvana by Charles Bukowski 75 Comments
often it is the only Comments and analysis of Writing by Charles Bukowski 3 Comments
once Comments and analysis of Luck by Charles Bukowski 3 Comments
one of Lorca's best lines Comments and analysis of True by Charles Bukowski 1 Comment
out of the arm of one love
self-congratulatory nonsense as the Comments and analysis of This by Charles Bukowski 4 Comments
she was a short one Comments and analysis of Sleep by Charles Bukowski 1 Comment
she was hot, she was so hot Comments and analysis of Hot by Charles Bukowski 3 Comments
she's young, she said, Comments and analysis of I'm In Love by Charles Bukowski 6 Comments
shot in the eye Comments and analysis of A Challenge To The Dark by Charles Bukowski 3 Comments
some dogs who sleep ay night Comments and analysis of Eulogy To A Hell Of A Dame by Charles Bukowski 1 Comment
some people never go crazy. Comments and analysis of Some People by Charles Bukowski 5 Comments
some say we should keep personal remorse from the Comments and analysis of To The Whore Who Took My Poems by Charles Bukowski 12 Comments
sometimes you climb out of bed in the morning and you think, Comments and analysis of Gamblers All by Charles Bukowski 139 Comments
starving there, sitting around the bars, Comments and analysis of Young In New Orleans by Charles Bukowski 2 Comments
Sunday, I am eating a Comments and analysis of Girl In A Miniskirt Reading The Bible Outside My Window by Charles Bukowski 8 Comments
sway with me, everything sad --
the best often die by their own hand Comments and analysis of Cause And Effect by Charles Bukowski 4 Comments
the final curtain on one of the longest running
the flesh covers the bone Comments and analysis of Alone With Everybody by Charles Bukowski 39 Comments
the goldfish sing all night with guitars, Comments and analysis of Rhyming Poem by Charles Bukowski 22 Comments
the history of melancholia
the lady has me temporarily off the bottle Comments and analysis of The Icecream People by Charles Bukowski 85 Comments
the night I was going to die Comments and analysis of The Night I Was Going To Die by Charles Bukowski 36 Comments
the phone rang at 1:30 a.m. Comments and analysis of A Following by Charles Bukowski 1 Comment
the vultures at the zoo
the wind blows hard tonight
the words have come and gone, Comments and analysis of So Now? by Charles Bukowski 2 Comments
There are sketches on the walls of men and women and ducks, Comments and analysis of His Wife, The Painter by Charles Bukowski 13 Comments
there are worse things than Comments and analysis of Oh Yes by Charles Bukowski 4 Comments
there is always that space there Comments and analysis of It's Ours by Charles Bukowski 2 Comments
there is enough treachery, hatred violence absurdity in the average Comments and analysis of The Genius Of The Crowd by Charles Bukowski 157 Comments
there's a bluebird in my heart that Comments and analysis of Bluebird by Charles Bukowski 328 Comments
these things that we support most well Comments and analysis of These Things by Charles Bukowski 2 Comments
They are building a house
They dont make it Comments and analysis of Whats The Use Of A Title? by Charles Bukowski 31 Comments
they found him walking along the freeway
they talk down through
this time has finished me.
To end up alone
To give life you must take life, Comments and analysis of As The Sparrow by Charles Bukowski 2 Comments
Van Gogh cut off his ear Comments and analysis of Working Out by Charles Bukowski 1 Comment
waiting for death Comments and analysis of Confession by Charles Bukowski 2 Comments
washed-up, on shore, the old yellow notebook Comments and analysis of Are You Drinking? by Charles Bukowski 45 Comments
we are always asked Comments and analysis of Be Kind by Charles Bukowski 44 Comments
We are like roses that have never bothered to Comments and analysis of Finish by Charles Bukowski 2 Comments
we have everything and we have nothing Comments and analysis of Something For The Touts, The Nuns, The Grocery Clerks, And You . . . by Charles Bukowski 2 Comments
we like to shower afterwards Comments and analysis of The Shower by Charles Bukowski 59 Comments
what i liked about e.e. cummings
when God created love he didn't help most Comments and analysis of Yes Yes by Charles Bukowski 11 Comments
when I look back now Comments and analysis of My First Affair With That Older Woman by Charles Bukowski 24 Comments
when you're young Comments and analysis of Shoes by Charles Bukowski 46 Comments
with an Apple Macintosh Comments and analysis of 16-bit Intel 8088 chip by Charles Bukowski 100 Comments
you haven't lived Comments and analysis of Flophouse by Charles Bukowski 1 Comment
you may not believe it


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