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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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21175 The Most Beautiful Woman In Town Comments and analysis of The Most Beautiful Woman In Town by Charles Bukowski 279 Comments
20755 I Made A Mistake
15396 Yes Yes Comments and analysis of Yes Yes by Charles Bukowski 11 Comments
13883 Shoes Comments and analysis of Shoes by Charles Bukowski 47 Comments
13438 I'm In Love Comments and analysis of I'm In Love by Charles Bukowski 7 Comments
13201 The Meek Shall Inherit The Earth Comments and analysis of The Meek Shall Inherit The Earth by Charles Bukowski 48 Comments
11871 Death Wants More Death
11403 Cause And Effect Comments and analysis of Cause And Effect by Charles Bukowski 7 Comments
11131 My First Affair With That Older Woman Comments and analysis of My First Affair With That Older Woman by Charles Bukowski 198 Comments
10811 Luck Comments and analysis of Luck by Charles Bukowski 5 Comments
10806 Trashcan Lives
10614 The Most Comments and analysis of The Most by Charles Bukowski 13 Comments
10461 The Aliens
10205 I Met A Genius Comments and analysis of I Met A Genius by Charles Bukowski 2 Comments
10113 Eat Your Heart Out
9691 How Is Your Heart? Comments and analysis of How Is Your Heart? by Charles Bukowski 5 Comments
9671 Rhyming Poem Comments and analysis of Rhyming Poem by Charles Bukowski 23 Comments
9095 The Blackbirds Are Rough Today Comments and analysis of The Blackbirds Are Rough Today by Charles Bukowski 4 Comments
9061 Like A Flower In The Rain Comments and analysis of Like A Flower In The Rain by Charles Bukowski 4 Comments
9053 Layover Comments and analysis of Layover by Charles Bukowski 4 Comments
9002 The History Of One Tough Motherfucker Comments and analysis of The History Of One Tough Motherfucker by Charles Bukowski 3 Comments
8668 Bluebird Comments and analysis of Bluebird by Charles Bukowski 688 Comments
8651 As The Poems Go Comments and analysis of As The Poems Go by Charles Bukowski 4 Comments
8306 True Comments and analysis of True by Charles Bukowski 3 Comments
8202 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
8070 His Wife, The Painter Comments and analysis of His Wife, The Painter by Charles Bukowski 14 Comments
8063 Out Of The Arm Of One Love...
8047 Here I Am ... Comments and analysis of Here I Am ... by Charles Bukowski 43 Comments
7990 Big Night On The Town
7786 It's Ours Comments and analysis of It's Ours by Charles Bukowski 2 Comments
7761 40,000 Comments and analysis of 40,000 by Charles Bukowski 19 Comments
7751 Another Day Comments and analysis of Another Day by Charles Bukowski 462 Comments
7574 Marina Comments and analysis of Marina by Charles Bukowski 1 Comment
7552 The Poetry Reading
7514 Poetry
7279 To The Whore Who Took My Poems Comments and analysis of To The Whore Who Took My Poems by Charles Bukowski 12 Comments
7184 As The Sparrow Comments and analysis of As The Sparrow by Charles Bukowski 4 Comments
6734 Whats The Use Of A Title? Comments and analysis of Whats The Use Of A Title? by Charles Bukowski 33 Comments
6701 This Comments and analysis of This by Charles Bukowski 5 Comments
6611 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 265 Comments
6573 Eulogy To A Hell Of A Dame Comments and analysis of Eulogy To A Hell Of A Dame by Charles Bukowski 2 Comments
6508 My Groupie
6450 Cows In Art Class Comments and analysis of Cows In Art Class by Charles Bukowski 1 Comment
6350 Pull A String, A Puppet Moves Comments and analysis of Pull A String, A Puppet Moves by Charles Bukowski 2 Comments
6234 A Following Comments and analysis of A Following by Charles Bukowski 1 Comment
6193 Confession Comments and analysis of Confession by Charles Bukowski 3 Comments
6069 Sleep Comments and analysis of Sleep by Charles Bukowski 1 Comment
5979 A Radio With Guts Comments and analysis of A Radio With Guts by Charles Bukowski 1 Comment
5971 On The Fire Suicides Of The Buddhists Comments and analysis of On The Fire Suicides Of The Buddhists by Charles Bukowski 1 Comment
5821 The Retreat
5803 Rain
5716 New Mexico
5496 Young In New Orleans Comments and analysis of Young In New Orleans by Charles Bukowski 3 Comments
5472 No. 6
5436 Prayer In Bad Weather
5402 The Sun Weilds Mercy
5372 Cut While Shaving
5346 Decline
5325 Sway With Me
5176 Curtain
4874 The Night I Was Going To Die Comments and analysis of The Night I Was Going To Die by Charles Bukowski 37 Comments
4733 Hooray Say The Roses
4602 These Things Comments and analysis of These Things by Charles Bukowski 2 Comments
4583 Jane Icin (For Jane - In Turkish) Comments and analysis of Jane Icin (For Jane - In Turkish) by Charles Bukowski 82 Comments
4505 What A Writer
4482 True Story
4407 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 9 Comments
4283 The Shower Comments and analysis of The Shower by Charles Bukowski 60 Comments
4127 Show Biz Comments and analysis of Show Biz by Charles Bukowski 2 Comments
4120 Be Angry At San Pedro Comments and analysis of Be Angry At San Pedro by Charles Bukowski 3 Comments
3954 Rain Or Shine
3479 Mama Comments and analysis of Mama by Charles Bukowski 2 Comments
2539 The Genius Of The Crowd Comments and analysis of The Genius Of The Crowd by Charles Bukowski 337 Comments
2218 An Almost Made Up Poem Comments and analysis of An Almost Made Up Poem by Charles Bukowski 4 Comments
2116 Be Kind Comments and analysis of Be Kind by Charles Bukowski 216 Comments
1484 So Now? Comments and analysis of So Now? by Charles Bukowski 2 Comments
1464 Alone With Everybody Comments and analysis of Alone With Everybody by Charles Bukowski 209 Comments
1347 8 Count Comments and analysis of 8 Count by Charles Bukowski 4 Comments
1299 Gamblers All Comments and analysis of Gamblers All by Charles Bukowski 484 Comments
1231 Trapped Comments and analysis of Trapped by Charles Bukowski 224 Comments
1144 Love & Fame & Death
1071 A Man Comments and analysis of A Man by Charles Bukowski 19 Comments
955 A Challenge To The Dark Comments and analysis of A Challenge To The Dark by Charles Bukowski 5 Comments
910 The House
847 Question And Answer
839 Consummation Of Grief Comments and analysis of Consummation Of Grief by Charles Bukowski 2 Comments
774 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 18 Comments
755 What Can We Do?
736 Writing Comments and analysis of Writing by Charles Bukowski 4 Comments
719 Metamorphosis Comments and analysis of Metamorphosis by Charles Bukowski 5 Comments
680 Short Order Comments and analysis of Short Order by Charles Bukowski 3 Comments
628 Oh Yes Comments and analysis of Oh Yes by Charles Bukowski 9 Comments
628 Revolt In The Ranks Comments and analysis of Revolt In The Ranks by Charles Bukowski 1 Comment
592 Hot Comments and analysis of Hot by Charles Bukowski 5 Comments
577 16-bit Intel 8088 chip Comments and analysis of 16-bit Intel 8088 chip by Charles Bukowski 273 Comments
547 Poem For My 43rd Birthday
541 The Icecream People Comments and analysis of The Icecream People by Charles Bukowski 254 Comments
524 Flophouse Comments and analysis of Flophouse by Charles Bukowski 1 Comment
487 Three Oranges
262 Some People Comments and analysis of Some People by Charles Bukowski 6 Comments
133 O, We Are The Outcasts Comments and analysis of O, We Are The Outcasts by Charles Bukowski 17 Comments
94 Nirvana Comments and analysis of Nirvana by Charles Bukowski 87 Comments
74 The Worst And The Best Comments and analysis of The Worst And The Best by Charles Bukowski 44 Comments
35 Trapped Comments and analysis of Trapped by Charles Bukowski 17 Comments
35 Let It Enfold You Comments and analysis of Let It Enfold You by Charles Bukowski 88 Comments
25 Raw With Love Comments and analysis of Raw With Love by Charles Bukowski 282 Comments
23 For Jane Comments and analysis of For Jane by Charles Bukowski 87 Comments
15 This Then Comments and analysis of This Then by Charles Bukowski 43 Comments
13 Finish Comments and analysis of Finish by Charles Bukowski 3 Comments
8 For The Foxes Comments and analysis of For The Foxes by Charles Bukowski 265 Comments
7 Somebody Comments and analysis of Somebody by Charles Bukowski 329 Comments
6 Melancholia
5 Are You Drinking? Comments and analysis of Are You Drinking? by Charles Bukowski 49 Comments
5 Freedom Comments and analysis of Freedom by Charles Bukowski 4 Comments
4 Now Comments and analysis of Now by Charles Bukowski 1 Comment
4 Working Out Comments and analysis of Working Out by Charles Bukowski 1 Comment
4 Friends Within The Darkness Comments and analysis of Friends Within The Darkness by Charles Bukowski 3 Comments
3 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
2 On Going Back To The Street After Viewing An Art Show
1 Who In The Hell Is Tom Jones?


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