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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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22262 I Made A Mistake
22013 The Most Beautiful Woman In Town Comments and analysis of The Most Beautiful Woman In Town by Charles Bukowski 292 Comments
16815 Yes Yes Comments and analysis of Yes Yes by Charles Bukowski 11 Comments
14019 The Meek Shall Inherit The Earth Comments and analysis of The Meek Shall Inherit The Earth by Charles Bukowski 60 Comments
13304 Death Wants More Death
12156 My First Affair With That Older Woman Comments and analysis of My First Affair With That Older Woman by Charles Bukowski 205 Comments
12073 The Most Comments and analysis of The Most by Charles Bukowski 16 Comments
12053 Oh Yes Comments and analysis of Oh Yes by Charles Bukowski 22 Comments
11995 Cause And Effect Comments and analysis of Cause And Effect by Charles Bukowski 13 Comments
11604 Trashcan Lives
11251 The Aliens
11144 How Is Your Heart? Comments and analysis of How Is Your Heart? by Charles Bukowski 16 Comments
10716 Eat Your Heart Out
10383 Rhyming Poem Comments and analysis of Rhyming Poem by Charles Bukowski 30 Comments
10129 Trapped Comments and analysis of Trapped by Charles Bukowski 19 Comments
9999 Like A Flower In The Rain Comments and analysis of Like A Flower In The Rain by Charles Bukowski 17 Comments
9931 The History Of One Tough Motherfucker Comments and analysis of The History Of One Tough Motherfucker by Charles Bukowski 8 Comments
9874 The Blackbirds Are Rough Today Comments and analysis of The Blackbirds Are Rough Today by Charles Bukowski 5 Comments
9837 Layover Comments and analysis of Layover by Charles Bukowski 13 Comments
9711 Finish Comments and analysis of Finish by Charles Bukowski 3 Comments
9544 As The Poems Go Comments and analysis of As The Poems Go by Charles Bukowski 4 Comments
9371 Bluebird Comments and analysis of Bluebird by Charles Bukowski 724 Comments
9127 Out Of The Arm Of One Love...
8950 True Comments and analysis of True by Charles Bukowski 7 Comments
8863 His Wife, The Painter Comments and analysis of His Wife, The Painter by Charles Bukowski 22 Comments
8688 Big Night On The Town
8582 Here I Am ... Comments and analysis of Here I Am ... by Charles Bukowski 45 Comments
8571 It's Ours Comments and analysis of It's Ours by Charles Bukowski 5 Comments
8469 Marina Comments and analysis of Marina by Charles Bukowski 1 Comment
8415 The Poetry Reading
8252 Another Day Comments and analysis of Another Day by Charles Bukowski 467 Comments
8244 Poetry
8078 Working Out Comments and analysis of Working Out by Charles Bukowski 7 Comments
7884 As The Sparrow Comments and analysis of As The Sparrow by Charles Bukowski 11 Comments
7448 Are You Drinking? Comments and analysis of Are You Drinking? by Charles Bukowski 65 Comments
7335 My Groupie
7320 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 279 Comments
7260 Whats The Use Of A Title? Comments and analysis of Whats The Use Of A Title? by Charles Bukowski 45 Comments
7172 Cows In Art Class Comments and analysis of Cows In Art Class by Charles Bukowski 1 Comment
7172 This Comments and analysis of This by Charles Bukowski 5 Comments
7017 Pull A String, A Puppet Moves Comments and analysis of Pull A String, A Puppet Moves by Charles Bukowski 7 Comments
6813 A Following Comments and analysis of A Following by Charles Bukowski 1 Comment
6611 New Mexico
6539 A Radio With Guts Comments and analysis of A Radio With Guts by Charles Bukowski 1 Comment
6488 The Retreat
6152 Rain
6102 Young In New Orleans Comments and analysis of Young In New Orleans by Charles Bukowski 3 Comments
6094 Decline
6037 No. 6 Comments and analysis of No. 6 by Charles Bukowski 1 Comment
6030 Prayer In Bad Weather
5819 Sway With Me
5818 Melancholia
5721 The Sun Weilds Mercy
5712 Cut While Shaving
5645 Curtain
5531 Who In The Hell Is Tom Jones?
5526 The Night I Was Going To Die Comments and analysis of The Night I Was Going To Die by Charles Bukowski 43 Comments
5442 Some People Comments and analysis of Some People by Charles Bukowski 15 Comments
5266 Jane Icin (For Jane - In Turkish) Comments and analysis of Jane Icin (For Jane - In Turkish) by Charles Bukowski 83 Comments
5263 Now Comments and analysis of Now by Charles Bukowski 1 Comment
5113 Hooray Say The Roses
5045 These Things Comments and analysis of These Things by Charles Bukowski 3 Comments
5014 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 11 Comments
5013 The Genius Of The Crowd Comments and analysis of The Genius Of The Crowd by Charles Bukowski 360 Comments
4983 The Shower Comments and analysis of The Shower by Charles Bukowski 70 Comments
4786 What A Writer
4575 Be Kind Comments and analysis of Be Kind by Charles Bukowski 225 Comments
4447 Be Angry At San Pedro Comments and analysis of Be Angry At San Pedro by Charles Bukowski 3 Comments
4436 Show Biz Comments and analysis of Show Biz by Charles Bukowski 6 Comments
4263 Rain Or Shine
3935 An Almost Made Up Poem Comments and analysis of An Almost Made Up Poem by Charles Bukowski 10 Comments
3749 Mama Comments and analysis of Mama by Charles Bukowski 2 Comments
3275 Alone With Everybody Comments and analysis of Alone With Everybody by Charles Bukowski 222 Comments
2906 Let It Enfold You Comments and analysis of Let It Enfold You by Charles Bukowski 96 Comments
2771 8 Count Comments and analysis of 8 Count by Charles Bukowski 7 Comments
2397 Trapped Comments and analysis of Trapped by Charles Bukowski 229 Comments
2010 The House
1819 A Challenge To The Dark Comments and analysis of A Challenge To The Dark by Charles Bukowski 8 Comments
1781 Consummation Of Grief Comments and analysis of Consummation Of Grief by Charles Bukowski 4 Comments
1764 Love & Fame & Death
1750 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 27 Comments
1537 The Worst And The Best Comments and analysis of The Worst And The Best by Charles Bukowski 55 Comments
1527 Short Order Comments and analysis of Short Order by Charles Bukowski 3 Comments
1460 Metamorphosis Comments and analysis of Metamorphosis by Charles Bukowski 15 Comments
1455 What Can We Do?
1444 Revolt In The Ranks Comments and analysis of Revolt In The Ranks by Charles Bukowski 4 Comments
1347 Poem For My 43rd Birthday
1316 Nirvana Comments and analysis of Nirvana by Charles Bukowski 102 Comments
1315 16-bit Intel 8088 chip Comments and analysis of 16-bit Intel 8088 chip by Charles Bukowski 286 Comments
1295 Hot Comments and analysis of Hot by Charles Bukowski 6 Comments
1285 Question And Answer
1184 Three Oranges
1173 Flophouse Comments and analysis of Flophouse by Charles Bukowski 1 Comment
1154 Shoes Comments and analysis of Shoes by Charles Bukowski 57 Comments
1108 This Then Comments and analysis of This Then by Charles Bukowski 44 Comments
1053 For Jane Comments and analysis of For Jane by Charles Bukowski 95 Comments
991 O, We Are The Outcasts Comments and analysis of O, We Are The Outcasts by Charles Bukowski 22 Comments
987 The Icecream People Comments and analysis of The Icecream People by Charles Bukowski 265 Comments
774 Writing Comments and analysis of Writing by Charles Bukowski 10 Comments
684 Gamblers All Comments and analysis of Gamblers All by Charles Bukowski 505 Comments
668 Raw With Love Comments and analysis of Raw With Love by Charles Bukowski 300 Comments
547 On The Fire Suicides Of The Buddhists Comments and analysis of On The Fire Suicides Of The Buddhists by Charles Bukowski 1 Comment
540 A Man Comments and analysis of A Man by Charles Bukowski 22 Comments
486 For The Foxes Comments and analysis of For The Foxes by Charles Bukowski 304 Comments
485 Friends Within The Darkness Comments and analysis of Friends Within The Darkness by Charles Bukowski 3 Comments
460 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 3 Comments
449 So Now? Comments and analysis of So Now? by Charles Bukowski 10 Comments
431 I Met A Genius Comments and analysis of I Met A Genius by Charles Bukowski 4 Comments
374 40,000 Comments and analysis of 40,000 by Charles Bukowski 37 Comments
343 Freedom Comments and analysis of Freedom by Charles Bukowski 18 Comments
322 Somebody Comments and analysis of Somebody by Charles Bukowski 342 Comments
305 I'm In Love Comments and analysis of I'm In Love by Charles Bukowski 7 Comments
284 Eulogy To A Hell Of A Dame Comments and analysis of Eulogy To A Hell Of A Dame by Charles Bukowski 10 Comments
266 Confession Comments and analysis of Confession by Charles Bukowski 13 Comments
236 On Going Back To The Street After Viewing An Art Show
192 To The Whore Who Took My Poems Comments and analysis of To The Whore Who Took My Poems by Charles Bukowski 12 Comments
178 Sleep Comments and analysis of Sleep by Charles Bukowski 3 Comments
102 Luck Comments and analysis of Luck by Charles Bukowski 9 Comments
26 True Story
22 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


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