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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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21533 The Most Beautiful Woman In Town Comments and analysis of The Most Beautiful Woman In Town by Charles Bukowski 284 Comments
21353 I Made A Mistake
15957 Yes Yes Comments and analysis of Yes Yes by Charles Bukowski 11 Comments
13771 I'm In Love Comments and analysis of I'm In Love by Charles Bukowski 7 Comments
13542 The Meek Shall Inherit The Earth Comments and analysis of The Meek Shall Inherit The Earth by Charles Bukowski 48 Comments
12381 Death Wants More Death
11785 Cause And Effect Comments and analysis of Cause And Effect by Charles Bukowski 7 Comments
11544 My First Affair With That Older Woman Comments and analysis of My First Affair With That Older Woman by Charles Bukowski 201 Comments
11441 Oh Yes Comments and analysis of Oh Yes by Charles Bukowski 11 Comments
11129 Luck Comments and analysis of Luck by Charles Bukowski 6 Comments
11096 Trashcan Lives
11055 The Most Comments and analysis of The Most by Charles Bukowski 15 Comments
10663 The Aliens
10505 I Met A Genius Comments and analysis of I Met A Genius by Charles Bukowski 4 Comments
10370 Eat Your Heart Out
10103 How Is Your Heart? Comments and analysis of How Is Your Heart? by Charles Bukowski 5 Comments
9937 Rhyming Poem Comments and analysis of Rhyming Poem by Charles Bukowski 24 Comments
9762 Trapped Comments and analysis of Trapped by Charles Bukowski 17 Comments
9413 Like A Flower In The Rain Comments and analysis of Like A Flower In The Rain by Charles Bukowski 8 Comments
9393 The Blackbirds Are Rough Today Comments and analysis of The Blackbirds Are Rough Today by Charles Bukowski 4 Comments
9389 The History Of One Tough Motherfucker Comments and analysis of The History Of One Tough Motherfucker by Charles Bukowski 3 Comments
9318 Layover Comments and analysis of Layover by Charles Bukowski 5 Comments
9234 Finish Comments and analysis of Finish by Charles Bukowski 3 Comments
8987 Bluebird Comments and analysis of Bluebird by Charles Bukowski 693 Comments
8951 As The Poems Go Comments and analysis of As The Poems Go by Charles Bukowski 4 Comments
8532 True Comments and analysis of True by Charles Bukowski 6 Comments
8494 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
8397 Out Of The Arm Of One Love...
8317 His Wife, The Painter Comments and analysis of His Wife, The Painter by Charles Bukowski 17 Comments
8313 Big Night On The Town
8223 Here I Am ... Comments and analysis of Here I Am ... by Charles Bukowski 45 Comments
8113 It's Ours Comments and analysis of It's Ours by Charles Bukowski 2 Comments
8016 40,000 Comments and analysis of 40,000 by Charles Bukowski 25 Comments
7999 Another Day Comments and analysis of Another Day by Charles Bukowski 467 Comments
7892 The Poetry Reading
7858 Marina Comments and analysis of Marina by Charles Bukowski 1 Comment
7827 Poetry
7611 Working Out Comments and analysis of Working Out by Charles Bukowski 1 Comment
7544 To The Whore Who Took My Poems Comments and analysis of To The Whore Who Took My Poems by Charles Bukowski 12 Comments
7489 As The Sparrow Comments and analysis of As The Sparrow by Charles Bukowski 5 Comments
6996 Are You Drinking? Comments and analysis of Are You Drinking? by Charles Bukowski 53 Comments
6968 Whats The Use Of A Title? Comments and analysis of Whats The Use Of A Title? by Charles Bukowski 34 Comments
6890 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
6879 Eulogy To A Hell Of A Dame Comments and analysis of Eulogy To A Hell Of A Dame by Charles Bukowski 3 Comments
6858 This Comments and analysis of This by Charles Bukowski 5 Comments
6796 My Groupie
6740 Cows In Art Class Comments and analysis of Cows In Art Class by Charles Bukowski 1 Comment
6611 Pull A String, A Puppet Moves Comments and analysis of Pull A String, A Puppet Moves by Charles Bukowski 2 Comments
6596 Confession Comments and analysis of Confession by Charles Bukowski 3 Comments
6418 A Following Comments and analysis of A Following by Charles Bukowski 1 Comment
6285 Sleep Comments and analysis of Sleep by Charles Bukowski 1 Comment
6224 On The Fire Suicides Of The Buddhists Comments and analysis of On The Fire Suicides Of The Buddhists by Charles Bukowski 1 Comment
6148 A Radio With Guts Comments and analysis of A Radio With Guts by Charles Bukowski 1 Comment
6148 New Mexico
6046 The Retreat
5968 Rain
5739 No. 6 Comments and analysis of No. 6 by Charles Bukowski 1 Comment
5713 Young In New Orleans Comments and analysis of Young In New Orleans by Charles Bukowski 3 Comments
5654 Decline
5624 Prayer In Bad Weather
5547 Sway With Me
5519 The Sun Weilds Mercy
5514 Cut While Shaving
5509 Melancholia
5321 Curtain
5154 The Night I Was Going To Die Comments and analysis of The Night I Was Going To Die by Charles Bukowski 40 Comments
5104 Some People Comments and analysis of Some People by Charles Bukowski 7 Comments
5067 Who In The Hell Is Tom Jones?
4942 Now Comments and analysis of Now by Charles Bukowski 1 Comment
4897 Hooray Say The Roses
4819 Jane Icin (For Jane - In Turkish) Comments and analysis of Jane Icin (For Jane - In Turkish) by Charles Bukowski 83 Comments
4743 These Things Comments and analysis of These Things by Charles Bukowski 2 Comments
4624 True Story
4617 What A Writer
4597 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
4553 The Shower Comments and analysis of The Shower by Charles Bukowski 62 Comments
4289 Be Angry At San Pedro Comments and analysis of Be Angry At San Pedro by Charles Bukowski 3 Comments
4253 Show Biz Comments and analysis of Show Biz by Charles Bukowski 2 Comments
4104 Rain Or Shine
3619 The Genius Of The Crowd Comments and analysis of The Genius Of The Crowd by Charles Bukowski 343 Comments
3582 Mama Comments and analysis of Mama by Charles Bukowski 2 Comments
3079 Be Kind Comments and analysis of Be Kind by Charles Bukowski 217 Comments
2935 An Almost Made Up Poem Comments and analysis of An Almost Made Up Poem by Charles Bukowski 5 Comments
2240 Alone With Everybody Comments and analysis of Alone With Everybody by Charles Bukowski 211 Comments
2023 8 Count Comments and analysis of 8 Count by Charles Bukowski 5 Comments
1968 So Now? Comments and analysis of So Now? by Charles Bukowski 2 Comments
1837 Gamblers All Comments and analysis of Gamblers All by Charles Bukowski 493 Comments
1628 Trapped Comments and analysis of Trapped by Charles Bukowski 224 Comments
1475 Nirvana Comments and analysis of Nirvana by Charles Bukowski 91 Comments
1445 A Man Comments and analysis of A Man by Charles Bukowski 19 Comments
1405 The Worst And The Best Comments and analysis of The Worst And The Best by Charles Bukowski 46 Comments
1373 Love & Fame & Death
1341 A Challenge To The Dark Comments and analysis of A Challenge To The Dark by Charles Bukowski 8 Comments
1335 Somebody Comments and analysis of Somebody by Charles Bukowski 331 Comments
1291 The House
1271 Let It Enfold You Comments and analysis of Let It Enfold You by Charles Bukowski 89 Comments
1236 Consummation Of Grief Comments and analysis of Consummation Of Grief by Charles Bukowski 2 Comments
1118 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 19 Comments
1038 What Can We Do?
980 Question And Answer
974 Metamorphosis Comments and analysis of Metamorphosis by Charles Bukowski 5 Comments
927 Revolt In The Ranks Comments and analysis of Revolt In The Ranks by Charles Bukowski 1 Comment
925 Short Order Comments and analysis of Short Order by Charles Bukowski 3 Comments
885 16-bit Intel 8088 chip Comments and analysis of 16-bit Intel 8088 chip by Charles Bukowski 277 Comments
871 Hot Comments and analysis of Hot by Charles Bukowski 5 Comments
835 Raw With Love Comments and analysis of Raw With Love by Charles Bukowski 285 Comments
827 Poem For My 43rd Birthday
747 Three Oranges
727 The Icecream People Comments and analysis of The Icecream People by Charles Bukowski 256 Comments
712 Flophouse Comments and analysis of Flophouse by Charles Bukowski 1 Comment
487 This Then Comments and analysis of This Then by Charles Bukowski 44 Comments
480 For The Foxes Comments and analysis of For The Foxes by Charles Bukowski 275 Comments
454 Shoes Comments and analysis of Shoes by Charles Bukowski 48 Comments
433 For Jane Comments and analysis of For Jane by Charles Bukowski 88 Comments
351 O, We Are The Outcasts Comments and analysis of O, We Are The Outcasts by Charles Bukowski 17 Comments
264 Writing Comments and analysis of Writing by Charles Bukowski 4 Comments
247 Freedom Comments and analysis of Freedom by Charles Bukowski 8 Comments
198 Friends Within The Darkness Comments and analysis of Friends Within The Darkness by Charles Bukowski 3 Comments
183 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
82 On Going Back To The Street After Viewing An Art Show


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