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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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23317 I Made A Mistake
22399 The Most Beautiful Woman In Town Comments and analysis of The Most Beautiful Woman In Town by Charles Bukowski 292 Comments
17477 Yes Yes Comments and analysis of Yes Yes by Charles Bukowski 11 Comments
14731 The Meek Shall Inherit The Earth Comments and analysis of The Meek Shall Inherit The Earth by Charles Bukowski 66 Comments
14229 Death Wants More Death
13258 Oh Yes Comments and analysis of Oh Yes by Charles Bukowski 28 Comments
13242 My First Affair With That Older Woman Comments and analysis of My First Affair With That Older Woman by Charles Bukowski 206 Comments
13081 The Most Comments and analysis of The Most by Charles Bukowski 17 Comments
12390 Cause And Effect Comments and analysis of Cause And Effect by Charles Bukowski 21 Comments
12109 The Aliens
12041 Trashcan Lives
11049 Eat Your Heart Out
10843 Rhyming Poem Comments and analysis of Rhyming Poem by Charles Bukowski 30 Comments
10600 Trapped Comments and analysis of Trapped by Charles Bukowski 19 Comments
10521 Like A Flower In The Rain Comments and analysis of Like A Flower In The Rain by Charles Bukowski 22 Comments
10356 Finish Comments and analysis of Finish by Charles Bukowski 3 Comments
10280 The History Of One Tough Motherfucker Comments and analysis of The History Of One Tough Motherfucker by Charles Bukowski 9 Comments
10275 Layover Comments and analysis of Layover by Charles Bukowski 15 Comments
10205 The Blackbirds Are Rough Today Comments and analysis of The Blackbirds Are Rough Today by Charles Bukowski 5 Comments
10028 As The Poems Go Comments and analysis of As The Poems Go by Charles Bukowski 4 Comments
9856 Out Of The Arm Of One Love...
9792 Bluebird Comments and analysis of Bluebird by Charles Bukowski 727 Comments
9399 His Wife, The Painter Comments and analysis of His Wife, The Painter by Charles Bukowski 22 Comments
9308 True Comments and analysis of True by Charles Bukowski 7 Comments
9073 It's Ours Comments and analysis of It's Ours by Charles Bukowski 5 Comments
8983 Another Day Comments and analysis of Another Day by Charles Bukowski 467 Comments
8885 Here I Am ... Comments and analysis of Here I Am ... by Charles Bukowski 46 Comments
8771 The Poetry Reading
8549 Poetry
8422 Working Out Comments and analysis of Working Out by Charles Bukowski 9 Comments
7833 Sway With Me
7816 Are You Drinking? Comments and analysis of Are You Drinking? by Charles Bukowski 73 Comments
7801 My Groupie
7714 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 283 Comments
7617 Whats The Use Of A Title? Comments and analysis of Whats The Use Of A Title? by Charles Bukowski 46 Comments
7488 Cows In Art Class Comments and analysis of Cows In Art Class by Charles Bukowski 1 Comment
7428 No. 6 Comments and analysis of No. 6 by Charles Bukowski 1 Comment
7409 Pull A String, A Puppet Moves Comments and analysis of Pull A String, A Puppet Moves by Charles Bukowski 7 Comments
7206 A Following Comments and analysis of A Following by Charles Bukowski 1 Comment
7176 A Radio With Guts Comments and analysis of A Radio With Guts by Charles Bukowski 1 Comment
6996 New Mexico
6897 The Retreat
6442 Decline
6418 Young In New Orleans Comments and analysis of Young In New Orleans by Charles Bukowski 5 Comments
6348 Rain
6333 Prayer In Bad Weather
6124 Melancholia
6005 Curtain
5951 The Night I Was Going To Die Comments and analysis of The Night I Was Going To Die by Charles Bukowski 43 Comments
5944 Cut While Shaving
5925 Who In The Hell Is Tom Jones?
5922 The Genius Of The Crowd Comments and analysis of The Genius Of The Crowd by Charles Bukowski 360 Comments
5922 The Sun Weilds Mercy
5726 Some People Comments and analysis of Some People by Charles Bukowski 19 Comments
5711 Now Comments and analysis of Now by Charles Bukowski 1 Comment
5685 Be Kind Comments and analysis of Be Kind by Charles Bukowski 229 Comments
5659 Jane Icin (For Jane - In Turkish) Comments and analysis of Jane Icin (For Jane - In Turkish) by Charles Bukowski 84 Comments
5544 These Things Comments and analysis of These Things by Charles Bukowski 4 Comments
5366 Hooray Say The Roses
5340 The Shower Comments and analysis of The Shower by Charles Bukowski 75 Comments
5330 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 14 Comments
4959 What A Writer
4830 An Almost Made Up Poem Comments and analysis of An Almost Made Up Poem by Charles Bukowski 20 Comments
4755 Show Biz Comments and analysis of Show Biz by Charles Bukowski 6 Comments
4689 Be Angry At San Pedro Comments and analysis of Be Angry At San Pedro by Charles Bukowski 4 Comments
4477 Rain Or Shine
4123 Let It Enfold You Comments and analysis of Let It Enfold You by Charles Bukowski 98 Comments
3962 Mama Comments and analysis of Mama by Charles Bukowski 2 Comments
3826 Alone With Everybody Comments and analysis of Alone With Everybody by Charles Bukowski 223 Comments
3605 The Worst And The Best Comments and analysis of The Worst And The Best by Charles Bukowski 56 Comments
3476 Trapped Comments and analysis of Trapped by Charles Bukowski 234 Comments
2791 A Challenge To The Dark Comments and analysis of A Challenge To The Dark by Charles Bukowski 8 Comments
2674 The House
2229 Consummation Of Grief Comments and analysis of Consummation Of Grief by Charles Bukowski 4 Comments
2160 Nirvana Comments and analysis of Nirvana by Charles Bukowski 110 Comments
2139 What Can We Do?
2102 Love & Fame & Death
2098 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
2009 Short Order Comments and analysis of Short Order by Charles Bukowski 3 Comments
1948 Metamorphosis Comments and analysis of Metamorphosis by Charles Bukowski 20 Comments
1816 Shoes Comments and analysis of Shoes by Charles Bukowski 61 Comments
1759 This Then Comments and analysis of This Then by Charles Bukowski 44 Comments
1696 Poem For My 43rd Birthday
1692 Revolt In The Ranks Comments and analysis of Revolt In The Ranks by Charles Bukowski 5 Comments
1668 Hot Comments and analysis of Hot by Charles Bukowski 6 Comments
1648 16-bit Intel 8088 chip Comments and analysis of 16-bit Intel 8088 chip by Charles Bukowski 288 Comments
1648 Question And Answer
1579 Three Oranges
1531 A Man Comments and analysis of A Man by Charles Bukowski 22 Comments
1528 For Jane Comments and analysis of For Jane by Charles Bukowski 98 Comments
1517 Flophouse Comments and analysis of Flophouse by Charles Bukowski 1 Comment
1512 O, We Are The Outcasts Comments and analysis of O, We Are The Outcasts by Charles Bukowski 22 Comments
1453 Writing Comments and analysis of Writing by Charles Bukowski 14 Comments
1385 The Icecream People Comments and analysis of The Icecream People by Charles Bukowski 271 Comments
1269 So Now? Comments and analysis of So Now? by Charles Bukowski 15 Comments
1263 Raw With Love Comments and analysis of Raw With Love by Charles Bukowski 300 Comments
1216 For The Foxes Comments and analysis of For The Foxes by Charles Bukowski 313 Comments
1117 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 4 Comments
1016 On The Fire Suicides Of The Buddhists Comments and analysis of On The Fire Suicides Of The Buddhists by Charles Bukowski 1 Comment
973 Somebody Comments and analysis of Somebody by Charles Bukowski 349 Comments
934 I Met A Genius Comments and analysis of I Met A Genius by Charles Bukowski 5 Comments
891 I'm In Love Comments and analysis of I'm In Love by Charles Bukowski 7 Comments
850 40,000 Comments and analysis of 40,000 by Charles Bukowski 40 Comments
786 Confession Comments and analysis of Confession by Charles Bukowski 15 Comments
529 Sleep Comments and analysis of Sleep by Charles Bukowski 4 Comments
523 Luck Comments and analysis of Luck by Charles Bukowski 14 Comments
509 To The Whore Who Took My Poems Comments and analysis of To The Whore Who Took My Poems by Charles Bukowski 12 Comments
454 Gamblers All Comments and analysis of Gamblers All by Charles Bukowski 515 Comments
430 On Going Back To The Street After Viewing An Art Show
329 Eulogy To A Hell Of A Dame Comments and analysis of Eulogy To A Hell Of A Dame by Charles Bukowski 11 Comments
323 Marina Comments and analysis of Marina by Charles Bukowski 1 Comment
264 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
216 As The Sparrow Comments and analysis of As The Sparrow by Charles Bukowski 12 Comments
214 True Story
82 Big Night On The Town
80 Freedom Comments and analysis of Freedom by Charles Bukowski 19 Comments
70 Friends Within The Darkness Comments and analysis of Friends Within The Darkness by Charles Bukowski 3 Comments
66 How Is Your Heart? Comments and analysis of How Is Your Heart? by Charles Bukowski 24 Comments
45 8 Count Comments and analysis of 8 Count by Charles Bukowski 7 Comments
7 This Comments and analysis of This by Charles Bukowski 5 Comments


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