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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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23229 I Made A Mistake
17418 Yes Yes Comments and analysis of Yes Yes by Charles Bukowski 11 Comments
14664 The Meek Shall Inherit The Earth Comments and analysis of The Meek Shall Inherit The Earth by Charles Bukowski 65 Comments
14046 Death Wants More Death
13161 My First Affair With That Older Woman Comments and analysis of My First Affair With That Older Woman by Charles Bukowski 205 Comments
12950 Oh Yes Comments and analysis of Oh Yes by Charles Bukowski 28 Comments
12941 The Most Comments and analysis of The Most by Charles Bukowski 16 Comments
12303 Cause And Effect Comments and analysis of Cause And Effect by Charles Bukowski 20 Comments
12025 The Aliens
11997 Trashcan Lives
11004 Eat Your Heart Out
10845 How Is Your Heart? Comments and analysis of How Is Your Heart? by Charles Bukowski 22 Comments
10797 Rhyming Poem Comments and analysis of Rhyming Poem by Charles Bukowski 30 Comments
10554 Trapped Comments and analysis of Trapped by Charles Bukowski 19 Comments
10454 Like A Flower In The Rain Comments and analysis of Like A Flower In The Rain by Charles Bukowski 22 Comments
10295 Finish Comments and analysis of Finish by Charles Bukowski 3 Comments
10225 Layover Comments and analysis of Layover by Charles Bukowski 14 Comments
10225 The History Of One Tough Motherfucker Comments and analysis of The History Of One Tough Motherfucker by Charles Bukowski 8 Comments
10168 The Blackbirds Are Rough Today Comments and analysis of The Blackbirds Are Rough Today by Charles Bukowski 5 Comments
9964 As The Poems Go Comments and analysis of As The Poems Go by Charles Bukowski 4 Comments
9827 Out Of The Arm Of One Love...
9656 Bluebird Comments and analysis of Bluebird by Charles Bukowski 726 Comments
9298 His Wife, The Painter Comments and analysis of His Wife, The Painter by Charles Bukowski 22 Comments
9265 True Comments and analysis of True by Charles Bukowski 7 Comments
9025 It's Ours Comments and analysis of It's Ours by Charles Bukowski 5 Comments
8950 Another Day Comments and analysis of Another Day by Charles Bukowski 467 Comments
8869 Here I Am ... Comments and analysis of Here I Am ... by Charles Bukowski 46 Comments
8694 The Poetry Reading
8518 Poetry
8383 Working Out Comments and analysis of Working Out by Charles Bukowski 9 Comments
8015 The Retreat
7796 Sway With Me
7779 Are You Drinking? Comments and analysis of Are You Drinking? by Charles Bukowski 72 Comments
7678 My Groupie
7638 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
7573 Whats The Use Of A Title? Comments and analysis of Whats The Use Of A Title? by Charles Bukowski 46 Comments
7453 Cows In Art Class Comments and analysis of Cows In Art Class by Charles Bukowski 1 Comment
7418 This Comments and analysis of This by Charles Bukowski 5 Comments
7357 Pull A String, A Puppet Moves Comments and analysis of Pull A String, A Puppet Moves by Charles Bukowski 7 Comments
7188 A Following Comments and analysis of A Following by Charles Bukowski 1 Comment
7142 A Radio With Guts Comments and analysis of A Radio With Guts by Charles Bukowski 1 Comment
6981 New Mexico
6461 Rain
6416 Decline
6393 No. 6 Comments and analysis of No. 6 by Charles Bukowski 1 Comment
6371 Young In New Orleans Comments and analysis of Young In New Orleans by Charles Bukowski 5 Comments
6295 Prayer In Bad Weather
6093 Melancholia
5949 Curtain
5908 The Night I Was Going To Die Comments and analysis of The Night I Was Going To Die by Charles Bukowski 43 Comments
5905 Cut While Shaving
5891 The Sun Weilds Mercy
5875 Who In The Hell Is Tom Jones?
5807 The Genius Of The Crowd Comments and analysis of The Genius Of The Crowd by Charles Bukowski 360 Comments
5686 Now Comments and analysis of Now by Charles Bukowski 1 Comment
5668 Some People Comments and analysis of Some People by Charles Bukowski 19 Comments
5599 Jane Icin (For Jane - In Turkish) Comments and analysis of Jane Icin (For Jane - In Turkish) by Charles Bukowski 84 Comments
5534 Be Kind Comments and analysis of Be Kind by Charles Bukowski 228 Comments
5470 These Things Comments and analysis of These Things by Charles Bukowski 3 Comments
5341 Hooray Say The Roses
5300 The Shower Comments and analysis of The Shower by Charles Bukowski 73 Comments
5287 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 13 Comments
4934 What A Writer
4721 Show Biz Comments and analysis of Show Biz by Charles Bukowski 6 Comments
4639 Be Angry At San Pedro Comments and analysis of Be Angry At San Pedro by Charles Bukowski 3 Comments
4614 An Almost Made Up Poem Comments and analysis of An Almost Made Up Poem by Charles Bukowski 19 Comments
4455 Rain Or Shine
3979 Let It Enfold You Comments and analysis of Let It Enfold You by Charles Bukowski 97 Comments
3941 Mama Comments and analysis of Mama by Charles Bukowski 2 Comments
3776 Alone With Everybody Comments and analysis of Alone With Everybody by Charles Bukowski 223 Comments
3541 The Worst And The Best Comments and analysis of The Worst And The Best by Charles Bukowski 56 Comments
3363 Trapped Comments and analysis of Trapped by Charles Bukowski 233 Comments
3091 8 Count Comments and analysis of 8 Count by Charles Bukowski 7 Comments
2750 A Challenge To The Dark Comments and analysis of A Challenge To The Dark by Charles Bukowski 8 Comments
2584 The House
2246 Nirvana Comments and analysis of Nirvana by Charles Bukowski 109 Comments
2157 Consummation Of Grief Comments and analysis of Consummation Of Grief by Charles Bukowski 4 Comments
2120 What Can We Do?
2063 Love & Fame & Death
2044 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
1936 Short Order Comments and analysis of Short Order by Charles Bukowski 3 Comments
1905 Metamorphosis Comments and analysis of Metamorphosis by Charles Bukowski 19 Comments
1729 Shoes Comments and analysis of Shoes by Charles Bukowski 61 Comments
1693 This Then Comments and analysis of This Then by Charles Bukowski 44 Comments
1660 Poem For My 43rd Birthday
1653 Revolt In The Ranks Comments and analysis of Revolt In The Ranks by Charles Bukowski 5 Comments
1616 Hot Comments and analysis of Hot by Charles Bukowski 6 Comments
1606 16-bit Intel 8088 chip Comments and analysis of 16-bit Intel 8088 chip by Charles Bukowski 287 Comments
1588 Question And Answer
1489 Flophouse Comments and analysis of Flophouse by Charles Bukowski 1 Comment
1486 A Man Comments and analysis of A Man by Charles Bukowski 22 Comments
1480 Three Oranges
1464 O, We Are The Outcasts Comments and analysis of O, We Are The Outcasts by Charles Bukowski 22 Comments
1394 For Jane Comments and analysis of For Jane by Charles Bukowski 96 Comments
1350 Writing Comments and analysis of Writing by Charles Bukowski 14 Comments
1344 The Icecream People Comments and analysis of The Icecream People by Charles Bukowski 270 Comments
1208 So Now? Comments and analysis of So Now? by Charles Bukowski 13 Comments
1182 Raw With Love Comments and analysis of Raw With Love by Charles Bukowski 300 Comments
1151 For The Foxes Comments and analysis of For The Foxes by Charles Bukowski 311 Comments
1038 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
981 On The Fire Suicides Of The Buddhists Comments and analysis of On The Fire Suicides Of The Buddhists by Charles Bukowski 1 Comment
926 Somebody Comments and analysis of Somebody by Charles Bukowski 348 Comments
847 I'm In Love Comments and analysis of I'm In Love by Charles Bukowski 7 Comments
842 I Met A Genius Comments and analysis of I Met A Genius by Charles Bukowski 4 Comments
819 40,000 Comments and analysis of 40,000 by Charles Bukowski 39 Comments
719 Confession Comments and analysis of Confession by Charles Bukowski 14 Comments
474 To The Whore Who Took My Poems Comments and analysis of To The Whore Who Took My Poems by Charles Bukowski 12 Comments
458 Sleep Comments and analysis of Sleep by Charles Bukowski 3 Comments
407 On Going Back To The Street After Viewing An Art Show
403 Luck Comments and analysis of Luck by Charles Bukowski 12 Comments
299 Marina Comments and analysis of Marina by Charles Bukowski 1 Comment
290 Eulogy To A Hell Of A Dame Comments and analysis of Eulogy To A Hell Of A Dame by Charles Bukowski 10 Comments
250 Gamblers All Comments and analysis of Gamblers All by Charles Bukowski 514 Comments
229 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
188 True Story
172 As The Sparrow Comments and analysis of As The Sparrow by Charles Bukowski 11 Comments
117 The Most Beautiful Woman In Town Comments and analysis of The Most Beautiful Woman In Town by Charles Bukowski 292 Comments
44 Friends Within The Darkness Comments and analysis of Friends Within The Darkness by Charles Bukowski 3 Comments
39 Big Night On The Town
32 Freedom Comments and analysis of Freedom by Charles Bukowski 18 Comments


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