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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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21467 The Most Beautiful Woman In Town Comments and analysis of The Most Beautiful Woman In Town by Charles Bukowski 280 Comments
21076 I Made A Mistake
15711 Yes Yes Comments and analysis of Yes Yes by Charles Bukowski 11 Comments
13650 I'm In Love Comments and analysis of I'm In Love by Charles Bukowski 7 Comments
13384 The Meek Shall Inherit The Earth Comments and analysis of The Meek Shall Inherit The Earth by Charles Bukowski 48 Comments
12113 Death Wants More Death
11711 Cause And Effect Comments and analysis of Cause And Effect by Charles Bukowski 7 Comments
11323 My First Affair With That Older Woman Comments and analysis of My First Affair With That Older Woman by Charles Bukowski 200 Comments
10985 Trashcan Lives
10969 Luck Comments and analysis of Luck by Charles Bukowski 5 Comments
10946 Oh Yes Comments and analysis of Oh Yes by Charles Bukowski 11 Comments
10903 The Most Comments and analysis of The Most by Charles Bukowski 15 Comments
10560 The Aliens
10329 I Met A Genius Comments and analysis of I Met A Genius by Charles Bukowski 4 Comments
10266 Eat Your Heart Out
9990 How Is Your Heart? Comments and analysis of How Is Your Heart? by Charles Bukowski 5 Comments
9834 Rhyming Poem Comments and analysis of Rhyming Poem by Charles Bukowski 23 Comments
9770 Trapped Comments and analysis of Trapped by Charles Bukowski 17 Comments
9333 The Blackbirds Are Rough Today Comments and analysis of The Blackbirds Are Rough Today by Charles Bukowski 4 Comments
9274 Like A Flower In The Rain Comments and analysis of Like A Flower In The Rain by Charles Bukowski 7 Comments
9205 Layover Comments and analysis of Layover by Charles Bukowski 5 Comments
9196 The History Of One Tough Motherfucker Comments and analysis of The History Of One Tough Motherfucker by Charles Bukowski 3 Comments
9114 Finish Comments and analysis of Finish by Charles Bukowski 3 Comments
8926 Bluebird Comments and analysis of Bluebird by Charles Bukowski 691 Comments
8821 As The Poems Go Comments and analysis of As The Poems Go by Charles Bukowski 4 Comments
8319 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 2 Comments
8286 Out Of The Arm Of One Love...
8215 His Wife, The Painter Comments and analysis of His Wife, The Painter by Charles Bukowski 17 Comments
8131 Here I Am ... Comments and analysis of Here I Am ... by Charles Bukowski 44 Comments
8065 Big Night On The Town
7987 It's Ours Comments and analysis of It's Ours by Charles Bukowski 2 Comments
7898 40,000 Comments and analysis of 40,000 by Charles Bukowski 24 Comments
7892 Another Day Comments and analysis of Another Day by Charles Bukowski 465 Comments
7773 The Poetry Reading
7735 Marina Comments and analysis of Marina by Charles Bukowski 1 Comment
7688 Poetry
7493 Working Out Comments and analysis of Working Out by Charles Bukowski 1 Comment
7399 To The Whore Who Took My Poems Comments and analysis of To The Whore Who Took My Poems by Charles Bukowski 12 Comments
7350 As The Sparrow Comments and analysis of As The Sparrow by Charles Bukowski 5 Comments
6901 This Comments and analysis of This by Charles Bukowski 5 Comments
6898 Are You Drinking? Comments and analysis of Are You Drinking? by Charles Bukowski 52 Comments
6877 Whats The Use Of A Title? Comments and analysis of Whats The Use Of A Title? by Charles Bukowski 33 Comments
6760 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 267 Comments
6735 Eulogy To A Hell Of A Dame Comments and analysis of Eulogy To A Hell Of A Dame by Charles Bukowski 3 Comments
6705 My Groupie
6604 Cows In Art Class Comments and analysis of Cows In Art Class by Charles Bukowski 1 Comment
6509 Pull A String, A Puppet Moves Comments and analysis of Pull A String, A Puppet Moves by Charles Bukowski 2 Comments
6491 Confession Comments and analysis of Confession by Charles Bukowski 3 Comments
6341 A Following Comments and analysis of A Following by Charles Bukowski 1 Comment
6181 Sleep Comments and analysis of Sleep by Charles Bukowski 1 Comment
6130 On The Fire Suicides Of The Buddhists Comments and analysis of On The Fire Suicides Of The Buddhists by Charles Bukowski 1 Comment
6087 A Radio With Guts Comments and analysis of A Radio With Guts by Charles Bukowski 1 Comment
5926 The Retreat
5771 New Mexico
5584 No. 6 Comments and analysis of No. 6 by Charles Bukowski 1 Comment
5583 Young In New Orleans Comments and analysis of Young In New Orleans by Charles Bukowski 3 Comments
5566 Rain
5543 Decline
5520 Prayer In Bad Weather
5470 The Sun Weilds Mercy
5460 Cut While Shaving
5449 Sway With Me
5247 Curtain
5021 The Night I Was Going To Die Comments and analysis of The Night I Was Going To Die by Charles Bukowski 38 Comments
4983 Who In The Hell Is Tom Jones?
4924 Some People Comments and analysis of Some People by Charles Bukowski 7 Comments
4840 Hooray Say The Roses
4814 Now Comments and analysis of Now by Charles Bukowski 1 Comment
4715 Jane Icin (For Jane - In Turkish) Comments and analysis of Jane Icin (For Jane - In Turkish) by Charles Bukowski 83 Comments
4689 These Things Comments and analysis of These Things by Charles Bukowski 2 Comments
4578 True Story
4567 What A Writer
4500 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 10 Comments
4436 The Shower Comments and analysis of The Shower by Charles Bukowski 61 Comments
4202 Be Angry At San Pedro Comments and analysis of Be Angry At San Pedro by Charles Bukowski 3 Comments
4185 Show Biz Comments and analysis of Show Biz by Charles Bukowski 2 Comments
4052 Rain Or Shine
3539 Mama Comments and analysis of Mama by Charles Bukowski 2 Comments
3162 The Genius Of The Crowd Comments and analysis of The Genius Of The Crowd by Charles Bukowski 341 Comments
2636 An Almost Made Up Poem Comments and analysis of An Almost Made Up Poem by Charles Bukowski 4 Comments
2579 Be Kind Comments and analysis of Be Kind by Charles Bukowski 217 Comments
1922 Alone With Everybody Comments and analysis of Alone With Everybody by Charles Bukowski 211 Comments
1779 So Now? Comments and analysis of So Now? by Charles Bukowski 2 Comments
1629 Gamblers All Comments and analysis of Gamblers All by Charles Bukowski 486 Comments
1480 8 Count Comments and analysis of 8 Count by Charles Bukowski 5 Comments
1429 Trapped Comments and analysis of Trapped by Charles Bukowski 224 Comments
1379 A Man Comments and analysis of A Man by Charles Bukowski 19 Comments
1272 Love & Fame & Death
1182 A Challenge To The Dark Comments and analysis of A Challenge To The Dark by Charles Bukowski 8 Comments
1145 Somebody Comments and analysis of Somebody by Charles Bukowski 329 Comments
1133 Nirvana Comments and analysis of Nirvana by Charles Bukowski 90 Comments
1119 Consummation Of Grief Comments and analysis of Consummation Of Grief by Charles Bukowski 2 Comments
1119 The House
983 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 18 Comments
934 Question And Answer
913 What Can We Do?
865 Let It Enfold You Comments and analysis of Let It Enfold You by Charles Bukowski 88 Comments
843 Metamorphosis Comments and analysis of Metamorphosis by Charles Bukowski 5 Comments
843 Short Order Comments and analysis of Short Order by Charles Bukowski 3 Comments
838 Revolt In The Ranks Comments and analysis of Revolt In The Ranks by Charles Bukowski 1 Comment
833 The Worst And The Best Comments and analysis of The Worst And The Best by Charles Bukowski 45 Comments
750 Hot Comments and analysis of Hot by Charles Bukowski 5 Comments
720 16-bit Intel 8088 chip Comments and analysis of 16-bit Intel 8088 chip by Charles Bukowski 276 Comments
717 Poem For My 43rd Birthday
646 The Icecream People Comments and analysis of The Icecream People by Charles Bukowski 255 Comments
641 Three Oranges
615 Flophouse Comments and analysis of Flophouse by Charles Bukowski 1 Comment
537 Raw With Love Comments and analysis of Raw With Love by Charles Bukowski 284 Comments
293 For Jane Comments and analysis of For Jane by Charles Bukowski 87 Comments
283 This Then Comments and analysis of This Then by Charles Bukowski 44 Comments
281 For The Foxes Comments and analysis of For The Foxes by Charles Bukowski 268 Comments
276 Shoes Comments and analysis of Shoes by Charles Bukowski 48 Comments
252 O, We Are The Outcasts Comments and analysis of O, We Are The Outcasts by Charles Bukowski 17 Comments
231 True Comments and analysis of True by Charles Bukowski 6 Comments
226 Melancholia
152 Freedom Comments and analysis of Freedom by Charles Bukowski 8 Comments
131 Friends Within The Darkness Comments and analysis of Friends Within The Darkness by Charles Bukowski 3 Comments
124 Writing Comments and analysis of Writing by Charles Bukowski 4 Comments
94 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
52 On Going Back To The Street After Viewing An Art Show


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