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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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22394 I Made A Mistake
22168 The Most Beautiful Woman In Town Comments and analysis of The Most Beautiful Woman In Town by Charles Bukowski 292 Comments
16946 Yes Yes Comments and analysis of Yes Yes by Charles Bukowski 11 Comments
14109 The Meek Shall Inherit The Earth Comments and analysis of The Meek Shall Inherit The Earth by Charles Bukowski 60 Comments
13342 Death Wants More Death
12402 Oh Yes Comments and analysis of Oh Yes by Charles Bukowski 26 Comments
12243 My First Affair With That Older Woman Comments and analysis of My First Affair With That Older Woman by Charles Bukowski 205 Comments
12143 The Most Comments and analysis of The Most by Charles Bukowski 16 Comments
12098 Cause And Effect Comments and analysis of Cause And Effect by Charles Bukowski 15 Comments
11632 Trashcan Lives
11361 The Aliens
10757 Eat Your Heart Out
10635 How Is Your Heart? Comments and analysis of How Is Your Heart? by Charles Bukowski 20 Comments
10473 Rhyming Poem Comments and analysis of Rhyming Poem by Charles Bukowski 30 Comments
10235 Trapped Comments and analysis of Trapped by Charles Bukowski 19 Comments
10101 Like A Flower In The Rain Comments and analysis of Like A Flower In The Rain by Charles Bukowski 18 Comments
10014 The History Of One Tough Motherfucker Comments and analysis of The History Of One Tough Motherfucker by Charles Bukowski 8 Comments
9908 The Blackbirds Are Rough Today Comments and analysis of The Blackbirds Are Rough Today by Charles Bukowski 5 Comments
9907 Layover Comments and analysis of Layover by Charles Bukowski 13 Comments
9771 Finish Comments and analysis of Finish by Charles Bukowski 3 Comments
9623 As The Poems Go Comments and analysis of As The Poems Go by Charles Bukowski 4 Comments
9605 Bluebird Comments and analysis of Bluebird by Charles Bukowski 724 Comments
9180 Out Of The Arm Of One Love...
9070 True Comments and analysis of True by Charles Bukowski 7 Comments
8921 His Wife, The Painter Comments and analysis of His Wife, The Painter by Charles Bukowski 22 Comments
8734 Big Night On The Town
8653 It's Ours Comments and analysis of It's Ours by Charles Bukowski 5 Comments
8619 Here I Am ... Comments and analysis of Here I Am ... by Charles Bukowski 45 Comments
8517 Marina Comments and analysis of Marina by Charles Bukowski 1 Comment
8459 The Poetry Reading
8359 Another Day Comments and analysis of Another Day by Charles Bukowski 467 Comments
8321 Poetry
8154 Working Out Comments and analysis of Working Out by Charles Bukowski 9 Comments
7969 As The Sparrow Comments and analysis of As The Sparrow by Charles Bukowski 11 Comments
7572 Are You Drinking? Comments and analysis of Are You Drinking? by Charles Bukowski 68 Comments
7406 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 281 Comments
7370 My Groupie
7307 This Comments and analysis of This by Charles Bukowski 5 Comments
7303 Whats The Use Of A Title? Comments and analysis of Whats The Use Of A Title? by Charles Bukowski 46 Comments
7233 Cows In Art Class Comments and analysis of Cows In Art Class by Charles Bukowski 1 Comment
7078 Pull A String, A Puppet Moves Comments and analysis of Pull A String, A Puppet Moves by Charles Bukowski 7 Comments
6856 A Following Comments and analysis of A Following by Charles Bukowski 1 Comment
6661 New Mexico
6599 A Radio With Guts Comments and analysis of A Radio With Guts by Charles Bukowski 1 Comment
6554 The Retreat
6220 Rain
6156 Decline
6135 Young In New Orleans Comments and analysis of Young In New Orleans by Charles Bukowski 3 Comments
6082 Prayer In Bad Weather
6073 No. 6 Comments and analysis of No. 6 by Charles Bukowski 1 Comment
5882 Melancholia
5868 Sway With Me
5772 Cut While Shaving
5752 The Sun Weilds Mercy
5681 Curtain
5586 The Night I Was Going To Die Comments and analysis of The Night I Was Going To Die by Charles Bukowski 43 Comments
5569 Who In The Hell Is Tom Jones?
5548 Some People Comments and analysis of Some People by Charles Bukowski 17 Comments
5345 Jane Icin (For Jane - In Turkish) Comments and analysis of Jane Icin (For Jane - In Turkish) by Charles Bukowski 83 Comments
5304 Now Comments and analysis of Now by Charles Bukowski 1 Comment
5167 Hooray Say The Roses
5160 The Genius Of The Crowd Comments and analysis of The Genius Of The Crowd by Charles Bukowski 360 Comments
5119 These Things Comments and analysis of These Things by Charles Bukowski 3 Comments
5064 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
5040 The Shower Comments and analysis of The Shower by Charles Bukowski 72 Comments
4818 What A Writer
4747 Be Kind Comments and analysis of Be Kind by Charles Bukowski 225 Comments
4485 Be Angry At San Pedro Comments and analysis of Be Angry At San Pedro by Charles Bukowski 3 Comments
4475 Show Biz Comments and analysis of Show Biz by Charles Bukowski 6 Comments
4318 Rain Or Shine
4117 An Almost Made Up Poem Comments and analysis of An Almost Made Up Poem by Charles Bukowski 13 Comments
3799 Mama Comments and analysis of Mama by Charles Bukowski 2 Comments
3411 Alone With Everybody Comments and analysis of Alone With Everybody by Charles Bukowski 222 Comments
3089 Let It Enfold You Comments and analysis of Let It Enfold You by Charles Bukowski 96 Comments
2839 8 Count Comments and analysis of 8 Count by Charles Bukowski 7 Comments
2506 Trapped Comments and analysis of Trapped by Charles Bukowski 231 Comments
2045 The House
1906 A Challenge To The Dark Comments and analysis of A Challenge To The Dark by Charles Bukowski 8 Comments
1845 Consummation Of Grief Comments and analysis of Consummation Of Grief by Charles Bukowski 4 Comments
1836 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
1828 Love & Fame & Death
1653 The Worst And The Best Comments and analysis of The Worst And The Best by Charles Bukowski 55 Comments
1615 Short Order Comments and analysis of Short Order by Charles Bukowski 3 Comments
1498 Metamorphosis Comments and analysis of Metamorphosis by Charles Bukowski 17 Comments
1493 Revolt In The Ranks Comments and analysis of Revolt In The Ranks by Charles Bukowski 4 Comments
1490 What Can We Do?
1418 Question And Answer
1405 Poem For My 43rd Birthday
1362 16-bit Intel 8088 chip Comments and analysis of 16-bit Intel 8088 chip by Charles Bukowski 286 Comments
1338 Hot Comments and analysis of Hot by Charles Bukowski 6 Comments
1305 Nirvana Comments and analysis of Nirvana by Charles Bukowski 104 Comments
1241 Shoes Comments and analysis of Shoes by Charles Bukowski 59 Comments
1226 Three Oranges
1222 Flophouse Comments and analysis of Flophouse by Charles Bukowski 1 Comment
1216 This Then Comments and analysis of This Then by Charles Bukowski 44 Comments
1128 For Jane Comments and analysis of For Jane by Charles Bukowski 95 Comments
1056 The Icecream People Comments and analysis of The Icecream People by Charles Bukowski 267 Comments
1029 O, We Are The Outcasts Comments and analysis of O, We Are The Outcasts by Charles Bukowski 22 Comments
896 Gamblers All Comments and analysis of Gamblers All by Charles Bukowski 509 Comments
869 Writing Comments and analysis of Writing by Charles Bukowski 12 Comments
767 Raw With Love Comments and analysis of Raw With Love by Charles Bukowski 300 Comments
647 On The Fire Suicides Of The Buddhists Comments and analysis of On The Fire Suicides Of The Buddhists by Charles Bukowski 1 Comment
619 For The Foxes Comments and analysis of For The Foxes by Charles Bukowski 306 Comments
590 A Man Comments and analysis of A Man by Charles Bukowski 22 Comments
560 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
555 So Now? Comments and analysis of So Now? by Charles Bukowski 12 Comments
548 Friends Within The Darkness Comments and analysis of Friends Within The Darkness by Charles Bukowski 3 Comments
462 I Met A Genius Comments and analysis of I Met A Genius by Charles Bukowski 4 Comments
427 40,000 Comments and analysis of 40,000 by Charles Bukowski 39 Comments
416 Somebody Comments and analysis of Somebody by Charles Bukowski 344 Comments
406 I'm In Love Comments and analysis of I'm In Love by Charles Bukowski 7 Comments
401 Freedom Comments and analysis of Freedom by Charles Bukowski 18 Comments
353 Confession Comments and analysis of Confession by Charles Bukowski 13 Comments
353 Eulogy To A Hell Of A Dame Comments and analysis of Eulogy To A Hell Of A Dame by Charles Bukowski 10 Comments
279 On Going Back To The Street After Viewing An Art Show
254 To The Whore Who Took My Poems Comments and analysis of To The Whore Who Took My Poems by Charles Bukowski 12 Comments
221 Sleep Comments and analysis of Sleep by Charles Bukowski 3 Comments
208 Luck Comments and analysis of Luck by Charles Bukowski 11 Comments
66 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
64 True Story


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