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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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23598 I Made A Mistake
22533 The Most Beautiful Woman In Town Comments and analysis of The Most Beautiful Woman In Town by Charles Bukowski 292 Comments
14928 The Meek Shall Inherit The Earth Comments and analysis of The Meek Shall Inherit The Earth by Charles Bukowski 67 Comments
14468 Death Wants More Death
13742 Oh Yes Comments and analysis of Oh Yes by Charles Bukowski 28 Comments
13558 My First Affair With That Older Woman Comments and analysis of My First Affair With That Older Woman by Charles Bukowski 206 Comments
13353 The Most Comments and analysis of The Most by Charles Bukowski 17 Comments
12453 Cause And Effect Comments and analysis of Cause And Effect by Charles Bukowski 22 Comments
12189 Trashcan Lives
11135 Eat Your Heart Out
11051 How Is Your Heart? Comments and analysis of How Is Your Heart? by Charles Bukowski 25 Comments
10958 Rhyming Poem Comments and analysis of Rhyming Poem by Charles Bukowski 30 Comments
10696 Trapped Comments and analysis of Trapped by Charles Bukowski 19 Comments
10417 Layover Comments and analysis of Layover by Charles Bukowski 16 Comments
10380 The History Of One Tough Motherfucker Comments and analysis of The History Of One Tough Motherfucker by Charles Bukowski 10 Comments
10308 The Blackbirds Are Rough Today Comments and analysis of The Blackbirds Are Rough Today by Charles Bukowski 5 Comments
10259 Out Of The Arm Of One Love...
10137 As The Poems Go Comments and analysis of As The Poems Go by Charles Bukowski 4 Comments
9652 His Wife, The Painter Comments and analysis of His Wife, The Painter by Charles Bukowski 22 Comments
9446 True Comments and analysis of True by Charles Bukowski 8 Comments
9159 It's Ours Comments and analysis of It's Ours by Charles Bukowski 5 Comments
9062 Another Day Comments and analysis of Another Day by Charles Bukowski 467 Comments
9002 Here I Am ... Comments and analysis of Here I Am ... by Charles Bukowski 46 Comments
8675 Poetry
8488 Working Out Comments and analysis of Working Out by Charles Bukowski 9 Comments
7941 Are You Drinking? Comments and analysis of Are You Drinking? by Charles Bukowski 74 Comments
7905 Sway With Me
7841 My Groupie
7837 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 283 Comments
7688 Whats The Use Of A Title? Comments and analysis of Whats The Use Of A Title? by Charles Bukowski 46 Comments
7598 Pull A String, A Puppet Moves Comments and analysis of Pull A String, A Puppet Moves by Charles Bukowski 8 Comments
7597 Cows In Art Class Comments and analysis of Cows In Art Class by Charles Bukowski 1 Comment
7349 A Radio With Guts Comments and analysis of A Radio With Guts by Charles Bukowski 1 Comment
7305 A Following Comments and analysis of A Following by Charles Bukowski 1 Comment
7118 New Mexico
6994 The Retreat
6632 No. 6 Comments and analysis of No. 6 by Charles Bukowski 1 Comment
6587 Decline
6497 Young In New Orleans Comments and analysis of Young In New Orleans by Charles Bukowski 5 Comments
6483 Rain
6400 Prayer In Bad Weather
6184 The Genius Of The Crowd Comments and analysis of The Genius Of The Crowd by Charles Bukowski 360 Comments
6118 Be Kind Comments and analysis of Be Kind by Charles Bukowski 229 Comments
6089 The Night I Was Going To Die Comments and analysis of The Night I Was Going To Die by Charles Bukowski 43 Comments
6055 Curtain
6007 The Sun Weilds Mercy
5991 Who In The Hell Is Tom Jones?
5987 Cut While Shaving
5853 Some People Comments and analysis of Some People by Charles Bukowski 20 Comments
5760 Now Comments and analysis of Now by Charles Bukowski 1 Comment
5756 Jane Icin (For Jane - In Turkish) Comments and analysis of Jane Icin (For Jane - In Turkish) by Charles Bukowski 84 Comments
5718 These Things Comments and analysis of These Things by Charles Bukowski 5 Comments
5475 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 15 Comments
5427 The Shower Comments and analysis of The Shower by Charles Bukowski 75 Comments
5411 Hooray Say The Roses
4990 What A Writer
4819 Show Biz Comments and analysis of Show Biz by Charles Bukowski 6 Comments
4632 Let It Enfold You Comments and analysis of Let It Enfold You by Charles Bukowski 100 Comments
4523 Rain Or Shine
4010 Mama Comments and analysis of Mama by Charles Bukowski 2 Comments
3942 Alone With Everybody Comments and analysis of Alone With Everybody by Charles Bukowski 224 Comments
3765 Trapped Comments and analysis of Trapped by Charles Bukowski 234 Comments
3721 The Worst And The Best Comments and analysis of The Worst And The Best by Charles Bukowski 57 Comments
3371 8 Count Comments and analysis of 8 Count by Charles Bukowski 8 Comments
2941 A Challenge To The Dark Comments and analysis of A Challenge To The Dark by Charles Bukowski 8 Comments
2818 The House
2356 Nirvana Comments and analysis of Nirvana by Charles Bukowski 112 Comments
2347 Consummation Of Grief Comments and analysis of Consummation Of Grief by Charles Bukowski 4 Comments
2245 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 28 Comments
2187 Love & Fame & Death
2183 What Can We Do?
2159 Short Order Comments and analysis of Short Order by Charles Bukowski 3 Comments
2097 Metamorphosis Comments and analysis of Metamorphosis by Charles Bukowski 20 Comments
2010 A Man Comments and analysis of A Man by Charles Bukowski 22 Comments
1972 Shoes Comments and analysis of Shoes by Charles Bukowski 61 Comments
1893 This Then Comments and analysis of This Then by Charles Bukowski 44 Comments
1802 Revolt In The Ranks Comments and analysis of Revolt In The Ranks by Charles Bukowski 5 Comments
1792 Hot Comments and analysis of Hot by Charles Bukowski 6 Comments
1790 Poem For My 43rd Birthday
1728 Question And Answer
1712 16-bit Intel 8088 chip Comments and analysis of 16-bit Intel 8088 chip by Charles Bukowski 288 Comments
1674 Three Oranges
1673 Writing Comments and analysis of Writing by Charles Bukowski 14 Comments
1650 O, We Are The Outcasts Comments and analysis of O, We Are The Outcasts by Charles Bukowski 22 Comments
1594 Flophouse Comments and analysis of Flophouse by Charles Bukowski 1 Comment
1592 For Jane Comments and analysis of For Jane by Charles Bukowski 99 Comments
1454 The Icecream People Comments and analysis of The Icecream People by Charles Bukowski 272 Comments
1445 Raw With Love Comments and analysis of Raw With Love by Charles Bukowski 300 Comments
1388 So Now? Comments and analysis of So Now? by Charles Bukowski 15 Comments
1262 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 4 Comments
1166 Somebody Comments and analysis of Somebody by Charles Bukowski 349 Comments
1131 I'm In Love Comments and analysis of I'm In Love by Charles Bukowski 7 Comments
1104 On The Fire Suicides Of The Buddhists Comments and analysis of On The Fire Suicides Of The Buddhists by Charles Bukowski 1 Comment
1045 I Met A Genius Comments and analysis of I Met A Genius by Charles Bukowski 8 Comments
974 Confession Comments and analysis of Confession by Charles Bukowski 17 Comments
936 40,000 Comments and analysis of 40,000 by Charles Bukowski 40 Comments
629 Sleep Comments and analysis of Sleep by Charles Bukowski 5 Comments
583 To The Whore Who Took My Poems Comments and analysis of To The Whore Who Took My Poems by Charles Bukowski 12 Comments
547 Luck Comments and analysis of Luck by Charles Bukowski 15 Comments
501 Marina Comments and analysis of Marina by Charles Bukowski 1 Comment
467 On Going Back To The Street After Viewing An Art Show
442 Eulogy To A Hell Of A Dame Comments and analysis of Eulogy To A Hell Of A Dame by Charles Bukowski 12 Comments
354 As The Sparrow Comments and analysis of As The Sparrow by Charles Bukowski 12 Comments
324 Gamblers All Comments and analysis of Gamblers All by Charles Bukowski 516 Comments
314 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
266 An Almost Made Up Poem Comments and analysis of An Almost Made Up Poem by Charles Bukowski 20 Comments
248 True Story
195 Bluebird Comments and analysis of Bluebird by Charles Bukowski 727 Comments
174 Freedom Comments and analysis of Freedom by Charles Bukowski 19 Comments
150 Friends Within The Darkness Comments and analysis of Friends Within The Darkness by Charles Bukowski 3 Comments
148 This Comments and analysis of This by Charles Bukowski 5 Comments
112 The Poetry Reading
106 Yes Yes Comments and analysis of Yes Yes by Charles Bukowski 11 Comments
88 Finish Comments and analysis of Finish by Charles Bukowski 3 Comments
72 The Aliens
56 Melancholia
52 For The Foxes Comments and analysis of For The Foxes by Charles Bukowski 317 Comments
50 Like A Flower In The Rain Comments and analysis of Like A Flower In The Rain by Charles Bukowski 24 Comments
34 Be Angry At San Pedro Comments and analysis of Be Angry At San Pedro by Charles Bukowski 5 Comments
27 Big Night On The Town


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