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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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20842 The Most Beautiful Woman In Town Comments and analysis of The Most Beautiful Woman In Town by Charles Bukowski 73 Comments
20086 I Made A Mistake
14524 Yes Yes Comments and analysis of Yes Yes by Charles Bukowski 11 Comments
13313 Shoes Comments and analysis of Shoes by Charles Bukowski 45 Comments
13055 I'm In Love Comments and analysis of I'm In Love by Charles Bukowski 6 Comments
12912 The Meek Shall Inherit The Earth Comments and analysis of The Meek Shall Inherit The Earth by Charles Bukowski 39 Comments
11535 How Is Your Heart? Comments and analysis of How Is Your Heart? by Charles Bukowski 1 Comment
11427 Cause And Effect Comments and analysis of Cause And Effect by Charles Bukowski 4 Comments
11292 Death Wants More Death
10700 My First Affair With That Older Woman Comments and analysis of My First Affair With That Older Woman by Charles Bukowski 1 Comment
10552 Luck Comments and analysis of Luck by Charles Bukowski 3 Comments
10433 Trashcan Lives
10172 Oh Yes Comments and analysis of Oh Yes by Charles Bukowski 2 Comments
9966 The Aliens
9898 The Most Comments and analysis of The Most by Charles Bukowski 11 Comments
9888 I Met A Genius Comments and analysis of I Met A Genius by Charles Bukowski 2 Comments
9823 Eat Your Heart Out
9347 Rhyming Poem Comments and analysis of Rhyming Poem by Charles Bukowski 15 Comments
9042 Trapped Comments and analysis of Trapped by Charles Bukowski 17 Comments
8733 Layover Comments and analysis of Layover by Charles Bukowski 1 Comment
8725 The Blackbirds Are Rough Today Comments and analysis of The Blackbirds Are Rough Today by Charles Bukowski 2 Comments
8677 Finish Comments and analysis of Finish by Charles Bukowski 2 Comments
8673 Bluebird Comments and analysis of Bluebird by Charles Bukowski 274 Comments
8639 O, We Are The Outcasts Comments and analysis of O, We Are The Outcasts by Charles Bukowski 8 Comments
8632 The History Of One Tough Motherfucker Comments and analysis of The History Of One Tough Motherfucker by Charles Bukowski 1 Comment
8604 Like A Flower In The Rain Comments and analysis of Like A Flower In The Rain by Charles Bukowski 1 Comment
8206 As The Poems Go Comments and analysis of As The Poems Go by Charles Bukowski 4 Comments
8058 Freedom Comments and analysis of Freedom by Charles Bukowski 1 Comment
7950 True Comments and analysis of True by Charles Bukowski 1 Comment
7881 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
7784 Here I Am ... Comments and analysis of Here I Am ... by Charles Bukowski 34 Comments
7779 His Wife, The Painter Comments and analysis of His Wife, The Painter by Charles Bukowski 9 Comments
7744 Big Night On The Town
7653 Out Of The Arm Of One Love...
7426 40,000 Comments and analysis of 40,000 by Charles Bukowski 14 Comments
7331 Another Day Comments and analysis of Another Day by Charles Bukowski 62 Comments
7236 Poetry
7235 It's Ours Comments and analysis of It's Ours by Charles Bukowski 1 Comment
7183 Marina Comments and analysis of Marina by Charles Bukowski 1 Comment
7124 The Poetry Reading
7051 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
7015 To The Whore Who Took My Poems Comments and analysis of To The Whore Who Took My Poems by Charles Bukowski 12 Comments
7014 For Jane Comments and analysis of For Jane by Charles Bukowski 73 Comments
7009 Working Out
6868 As The Sparrow Comments and analysis of As The Sparrow by Charles Bukowski 1 Comment
6421 Are You Drinking? Comments and analysis of Are You Drinking? by Charles Bukowski 37 Comments
6393 This Comments and analysis of This by Charles Bukowski 4 Comments
6369 Whats The Use Of A Title? Comments and analysis of Whats The Use Of A Title? by Charles Bukowski 27 Comments
6290 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 60 Comments
6237 My Groupie
6200 Eulogy To A Hell Of A Dame Comments and analysis of Eulogy To A Hell Of A Dame by Charles Bukowski 1 Comment
6193 Cows In Art Class Comments and analysis of Cows In Art Class by Charles Bukowski 1 Comment
6139 Friends Within The Darkness Comments and analysis of Friends Within The Darkness by Charles Bukowski 2 Comments
6085 Confession Comments and analysis of Confession by Charles Bukowski 1 Comment
6048 Pull A String, A Puppet Moves Comments and analysis of Pull A String, A Puppet Moves by Charles Bukowski 1 Comment
6047 This Then Comments and analysis of This Then by Charles Bukowski 35 Comments
5959 A Following Comments and analysis of A Following by Charles Bukowski 1 Comment
5872 Sleep
5728 A Radio With Guts Comments and analysis of A Radio With Guts by Charles Bukowski 1 Comment
5701 On The Fire Suicides Of The Buddhists Comments and analysis of On The Fire Suicides Of The Buddhists by Charles Bukowski 1 Comment
5499 The Retreat
5419 New Mexico
5236 Rain
5209 Young In New Orleans Comments and analysis of Young In New Orleans by Charles Bukowski 2 Comments
5190 The Sun Weilds Mercy
5186 Cut While Shaving
5185 No. 6
5172 Prayer In Bad Weather
5094 Sway With Me
5057 Decline
5024 Melancholia
4960 Curtain
4726 Some People Comments and analysis of Some People by Charles Bukowski 3 Comments
4626 Who In The Hell Is Tom Jones?
4599 The Night I Was Going To Die Comments and analysis of The Night I Was Going To Die by Charles Bukowski 33 Comments
4485 Hooray Say The Roses
4437 Now Comments and analysis of Now by Charles Bukowski 1 Comment
4394 What A Writer
4360 These Things Comments and analysis of These Things by Charles Bukowski 1 Comment
4329 True Story
4287 Jane Icin (For Jane - In Turkish) Comments and analysis of Jane Icin (For Jane - In Turkish) by Charles Bukowski 74 Comments
4203 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
4021 The Shower Comments and analysis of The Shower by Charles Bukowski 55 Comments
3973 Show Biz Comments and analysis of Show Biz by Charles Bukowski 1 Comment
3959 Be Angry At San Pedro Comments and analysis of Be Angry At San Pedro by Charles Bukowski 1 Comment
3788 Rain Or Shine
3361 Mama Comments and analysis of Mama by Charles Bukowski 2 Comments
3191 On Going Back To The Street After Viewing An Art Show
1362 Let It Enfold You Comments and analysis of Let It Enfold You by Charles Bukowski 77 Comments
1349 Nirvana Comments and analysis of Nirvana by Charles Bukowski 64 Comments
1202 An Almost Made Up Poem Comments and analysis of An Almost Made Up Poem by Charles Bukowski 2 Comments
1169 The Worst And The Best Comments and analysis of The Worst And The Best by Charles Bukowski 39 Comments
1106 For The Foxes Comments and analysis of For The Foxes by Charles Bukowski 58 Comments
1053 Raw With Love Comments and analysis of Raw With Love by Charles Bukowski 72 Comments
1032 Be Kind Comments and analysis of Be Kind by Charles Bukowski 17 Comments
1025 The Genius Of The Crowd Comments and analysis of The Genius Of The Crowd by Charles Bukowski 118 Comments
803 Love & Fame & Death
745 Alone With Everybody Comments and analysis of Alone With Everybody by Charles Bukowski 8 Comments
604 8 Count Comments and analysis of 8 Count by Charles Bukowski 2 Comments
495 Trapped Comments and analysis of Trapped by Charles Bukowski 24 Comments
494 Gamblers All Comments and analysis of Gamblers All by Charles Bukowski 88 Comments
471 A Challenge To The Dark Comments and analysis of A Challenge To The Dark by Charles Bukowski 2 Comments
467 So Now? Comments and analysis of So Now? by Charles Bukowski 1 Comment
465 A Man Comments and analysis of A Man by Charles Bukowski 18 Comments
441 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
440 Metamorphosis Comments and analysis of Metamorphosis by Charles Bukowski 1 Comment
431 Somebody Comments and analysis of Somebody by Charles Bukowski 111 Comments
415 Consummation Of Grief Comments and analysis of Consummation Of Grief by Charles Bukowski 1 Comment
373 Writing Comments and analysis of Writing by Charles Bukowski 1 Comment
364 Revolt In The Ranks
363 The House
337 Question And Answer
315 What Can We Do?
302 16-bit Intel 8088 chip Comments and analysis of 16-bit Intel 8088 chip by Charles Bukowski 70 Comments
287 Hot Comments and analysis of Hot by Charles Bukowski 3 Comments
286 Poem For My 43rd Birthday
278 Three Oranges
259 The Icecream People Comments and analysis of The Icecream People by Charles Bukowski 60 Comments
249 Flophouse Comments and analysis of Flophouse by Charles Bukowski 1 Comment
223 Short Order Comments and analysis of Short Order by Charles Bukowski 2 Comments


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