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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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21038 The Most Beautiful Woman In Town Comments and analysis of The Most Beautiful Woman In Town by Charles Bukowski 176 Comments
20407 I Made A Mistake
14967 Yes Yes Comments and analysis of Yes Yes by Charles Bukowski 11 Comments
13555 Shoes Comments and analysis of Shoes by Charles Bukowski 46 Comments
13215 I'm In Love Comments and analysis of I'm In Love by Charles Bukowski 6 Comments
12997 The Meek Shall Inherit The Earth Comments and analysis of The Meek Shall Inherit The Earth by Charles Bukowski 46 Comments
11577 Death Wants More Death
11313 Cause And Effect Comments and analysis of Cause And Effect by Charles Bukowski 4 Comments
10883 My First Affair With That Older Woman Comments and analysis of My First Affair With That Older Woman by Charles Bukowski 101 Comments
10828 How Is Your Heart? Comments and analysis of How Is Your Heart? by Charles Bukowski 2 Comments
10636 Luck Comments and analysis of Luck by Charles Bukowski 3 Comments
10612 Trashcan Lives
10452 Oh Yes Comments and analysis of Oh Yes by Charles Bukowski 4 Comments
10274 The Aliens
10232 The Most Comments and analysis of The Most by Charles Bukowski 12 Comments
10017 I Met A Genius Comments and analysis of I Met A Genius by Charles Bukowski 2 Comments
9968 Eat Your Heart Out
9496 Rhyming Poem Comments and analysis of Rhyming Poem by Charles Bukowski 22 Comments
9331 Trapped Comments and analysis of Trapped by Charles Bukowski 17 Comments
8926 The Blackbirds Are Rough Today Comments and analysis of The Blackbirds Are Rough Today by Charles Bukowski 3 Comments
8907 Layover Comments and analysis of Layover by Charles Bukowski 2 Comments
8845 Finish Comments and analysis of Finish by Charles Bukowski 2 Comments
8844 O, We Are The Outcasts Comments and analysis of O, We Are The Outcasts by Charles Bukowski 16 Comments
8818 The History Of One Tough Motherfucker Comments and analysis of The History Of One Tough Motherfucker by Charles Bukowski 2 Comments
8756 Like A Flower In The Rain Comments and analysis of Like A Flower In The Rain by Charles Bukowski 3 Comments
8606 Bluebird Comments and analysis of Bluebird by Charles Bukowski 481 Comments
8603 Freedom Comments and analysis of Freedom by Charles Bukowski 2 Comments
8441 As The Poems Go Comments and analysis of As The Poems Go by Charles Bukowski 4 Comments
8094 True Comments and analysis of True by Charles Bukowski 1 Comment
7979 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
7925 His Wife, The Painter Comments and analysis of His Wife, The Painter by Charles Bukowski 13 Comments
7908 Here I Am ... Comments and analysis of Here I Am ... by Charles Bukowski 41 Comments
7855 Out Of The Arm Of One Love...
7851 Big Night On The Town
7599 40,000 Comments and analysis of 40,000 by Charles Bukowski 18 Comments
7527 Another Day Comments and analysis of Another Day by Charles Bukowski 268 Comments
7459 It's Ours Comments and analysis of It's Ours by Charles Bukowski 2 Comments
7387 Marina Comments and analysis of Marina by Charles Bukowski 1 Comment
7383 Poetry
7319 The Poetry Reading
7171 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
7157 To The Whore Who Took My Poems Comments and analysis of To The Whore Who Took My Poems by Charles Bukowski 12 Comments
7135 Working Out Comments and analysis of Working Out by Charles Bukowski 1 Comment
7016 As The Sparrow Comments and analysis of As The Sparrow by Charles Bukowski 2 Comments
7015 For Jane Comments and analysis of For Jane by Charles Bukowski 82 Comments
6573 Are You Drinking? Comments and analysis of Are You Drinking? by Charles Bukowski 45 Comments
6526 This Comments and analysis of This by Charles Bukowski 4 Comments
6522 Whats The Use Of A Title? Comments and analysis of Whats The Use Of A Title? by Charles Bukowski 31 Comments
6416 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 163 Comments
6389 My Groupie
6377 Eulogy To A Hell Of A Dame Comments and analysis of Eulogy To A Hell Of A Dame by Charles Bukowski 1 Comment
6366 This Then Comments and analysis of This Then by Charles Bukowski 40 Comments
6338 Friends Within The Darkness Comments and analysis of Friends Within The Darkness by Charles Bukowski 2 Comments
6290 Cows In Art Class Comments and analysis of Cows In Art Class by Charles Bukowski 1 Comment
6201 Pull A String, A Puppet Moves Comments and analysis of Pull A String, A Puppet Moves by Charles Bukowski 2 Comments
6101 A Following Comments and analysis of A Following by Charles Bukowski 1 Comment
6089 Confession Comments and analysis of Confession by Charles Bukowski 2 Comments
5955 Sleep Comments and analysis of Sleep by Charles Bukowski 1 Comment
5870 A Radio With Guts Comments and analysis of A Radio With Guts by Charles Bukowski 1 Comment
5828 On The Fire Suicides Of The Buddhists Comments and analysis of On The Fire Suicides Of The Buddhists by Charles Bukowski 1 Comment
5651 The Retreat
5584 New Mexico
5381 Rain
5327 Young In New Orleans Comments and analysis of Young In New Orleans by Charles Bukowski 2 Comments
5318 No. 6
5283 The Sun Weilds Mercy
5278 Cut While Shaving
5276 Prayer In Bad Weather
5232 Decline
5204 Sway With Me
5114 Melancholia
5075 Curtain
4747 Some People Comments and analysis of Some People by Charles Bukowski 5 Comments
4728 The Night I Was Going To Die Comments and analysis of The Night I Was Going To Die by Charles Bukowski 36 Comments
4687 Who In The Hell Is Tom Jones?
4613 Hooray Say The Roses
4578 Now Comments and analysis of Now by Charles Bukowski 1 Comment
4449 These Things Comments and analysis of These Things by Charles Bukowski 2 Comments
4444 What A Writer
4419 Jane Icin (For Jane - In Turkish) Comments and analysis of Jane Icin (For Jane - In Turkish) by Charles Bukowski 81 Comments
4402 True Story
4317 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 8 Comments
4115 The Shower Comments and analysis of The Shower by Charles Bukowski 59 Comments
4048 Show Biz Comments and analysis of Show Biz by Charles Bukowski 2 Comments
4029 Be Angry At San Pedro Comments and analysis of Be Angry At San Pedro by Charles Bukowski 3 Comments
3867 Rain Or Shine
3424 Mama Comments and analysis of Mama by Charles Bukowski 2 Comments
3282 On Going Back To The Street After Viewing An Art Show
2155 Let It Enfold You Comments and analysis of Let It Enfold You by Charles Bukowski 84 Comments
1946 The Worst And The Best Comments and analysis of The Worst And The Best by Charles Bukowski 42 Comments
1730 For The Foxes Comments and analysis of For The Foxes by Charles Bukowski 164 Comments
1721 An Almost Made Up Poem Comments and analysis of An Almost Made Up Poem by Charles Bukowski 3 Comments
1670 The Genius Of The Crowd Comments and analysis of The Genius Of The Crowd by Charles Bukowski 231 Comments
1480 Raw With Love Comments and analysis of Raw With Love by Charles Bukowski 181 Comments
1473 Be Kind Comments and analysis of Be Kind by Charles Bukowski 116 Comments
1090 So Now? Comments and analysis of So Now? by Charles Bukowski 2 Comments
1071 Alone With Everybody Comments and analysis of Alone With Everybody by Charles Bukowski 111 Comments
959 Love & Fame & Death
943 8 Count Comments and analysis of 8 Count by Charles Bukowski 3 Comments
919 Trapped Comments and analysis of Trapped by Charles Bukowski 124 Comments
835 Nirvana Comments and analysis of Nirvana by Charles Bukowski 75 Comments
793 Gamblers All Comments and analysis of Gamblers All by Charles Bukowski 289 Comments
786 A Man Comments and analysis of A Man by Charles Bukowski 19 Comments
704 A Challenge To The Dark Comments and analysis of A Challenge To The Dark by Charles Bukowski 3 Comments
676 The House
659 Consummation Of Grief Comments and analysis of Consummation Of Grief by Charles Bukowski 2 Comments
650 Somebody Comments and analysis of Somebody by Charles Bukowski 223 Comments
624 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 15 Comments
568 Metamorphosis Comments and analysis of Metamorphosis by Charles Bukowski 2 Comments
540 What Can We Do?
528 Question And Answer
525 Revolt In The Ranks Comments and analysis of Revolt In The Ranks by Charles Bukowski 1 Comment
506 Writing Comments and analysis of Writing by Charles Bukowski 3 Comments
479 Short Order Comments and analysis of Short Order by Charles Bukowski 2 Comments
435 Hot Comments and analysis of Hot by Charles Bukowski 3 Comments
424 16-bit Intel 8088 chip Comments and analysis of 16-bit Intel 8088 chip by Charles Bukowski 174 Comments
404 Flophouse Comments and analysis of Flophouse by Charles Bukowski 1 Comment
403 The Icecream People Comments and analysis of The Icecream People by Charles Bukowski 156 Comments
395 Poem For My 43rd Birthday
391 Three Oranges


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