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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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24289 I Made A Mistake
22758 The Most Beautiful Woman In Town Comments and analysis of The Most Beautiful Woman In Town by Charles Bukowski 293 Comments
15223 Death Wants More Death
15172 The Meek Shall Inherit The Earth Comments and analysis of The Meek Shall Inherit The Earth by Charles Bukowski 71 Comments
14163 Oh Yes Comments and analysis of Oh Yes by Charles Bukowski 31 Comments
13858 My First Affair With That Older Woman Comments and analysis of My First Affair With That Older Woman by Charles Bukowski 208 Comments
13646 The Most Comments and analysis of The Most by Charles Bukowski 17 Comments
12467 Trashcan Lives
11632 Rhyming Poem Comments and analysis of Rhyming Poem by Charles Bukowski 30 Comments
11366 Eat Your Heart Out
11301 How Is Your Heart? Comments and analysis of How Is Your Heart? by Charles Bukowski 28 Comments
10972 Trapped Comments and analysis of Trapped by Charles Bukowski 19 Comments
10680 Layover Comments and analysis of Layover by Charles Bukowski 16 Comments
10664 The History Of One Tough Motherfucker Comments and analysis of The History Of One Tough Motherfucker by Charles Bukowski 10 Comments
10551 The Blackbirds Are Rough Today Comments and analysis of The Blackbirds Are Rough Today by Charles Bukowski 5 Comments
10461 As The Poems Go Comments and analysis of As The Poems Go by Charles Bukowski 4 Comments
9998 His Wife, The Painter Comments and analysis of His Wife, The Painter by Charles Bukowski 22 Comments
9646 True Comments and analysis of True by Charles Bukowski 8 Comments
9504 It's Ours Comments and analysis of It's Ours by Charles Bukowski 5 Comments
9407 Here I Am ... Comments and analysis of Here I Am ... by Charles Bukowski 46 Comments
9392 Another Day Comments and analysis of Another Day by Charles Bukowski 467 Comments
8970 Poetry
8162 Are You Drinking? Comments and analysis of Are You Drinking? by Charles Bukowski 75 Comments
8100 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
8089 Sway With Me
7873 Whats The Use Of A Title? Comments and analysis of Whats The Use Of A Title? by Charles Bukowski 47 Comments
7812 Cows In Art Class Comments and analysis of Cows In Art Class by Charles Bukowski 1 Comment
7769 Pull A String, A Puppet Moves Comments and analysis of Pull A String, A Puppet Moves by Charles Bukowski 8 Comments
7715 A Radio With Guts Comments and analysis of A Radio With Guts by Charles Bukowski 1 Comment
7603 A Following Comments and analysis of A Following by Charles Bukowski 1 Comment
7369 New Mexico
7250 The Retreat
6879 No. 6 Comments and analysis of No. 6 by Charles Bukowski 1 Comment
6872 Rain
6853 Decline
6768 The Genius Of The Crowd Comments and analysis of The Genius Of The Crowd by Charles Bukowski 360 Comments
6757 Young In New Orleans Comments and analysis of Young In New Orleans by Charles Bukowski 5 Comments
6691 Be Kind Comments and analysis of Be Kind by Charles Bukowski 231 Comments
6584 Prayer In Bad Weather
6346 The Sun Weilds Mercy
6333 Curtain
6286 Who In The Hell Is Tom Jones?
6285 The Night I Was Going To Die Comments and analysis of The Night I Was Going To Die by Charles Bukowski 43 Comments
6130 Cut While Shaving
6095 Now Comments and analysis of Now by Charles Bukowski 1 Comment
6042 Some People Comments and analysis of Some People by Charles Bukowski 20 Comments
5998 Jane Icin (For Jane - In Turkish) Comments and analysis of Jane Icin (For Jane - In Turkish) by Charles Bukowski 84 Comments
5940 These Things Comments and analysis of These Things by Charles Bukowski 5 Comments
5774 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 15 Comments
5601 Let It Enfold You Comments and analysis of Let It Enfold You by Charles Bukowski 103 Comments
5553 Hooray Say The Roses
5112 What A Writer
4960 Show Biz Comments and analysis of Show Biz by Charles Bukowski 6 Comments
4923 The Worst And The Best Comments and analysis of The Worst And The Best by Charles Bukowski 57 Comments
4647 Rain Or Shine
4225 Alone With Everybody Comments and analysis of Alone With Everybody by Charles Bukowski 224 Comments
4160 Mama Comments and analysis of Mama by Charles Bukowski 2 Comments
4094 Trapped Comments and analysis of Trapped by Charles Bukowski 234 Comments
3717 8 Count Comments and analysis of 8 Count by Charles Bukowski 8 Comments
3220 A Challenge To The Dark Comments and analysis of A Challenge To The Dark by Charles Bukowski 8 Comments
2672 Consummation Of Grief Comments and analysis of Consummation Of Grief by Charles Bukowski 4 Comments
2588 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 28 Comments
2519 Nirvana Comments and analysis of Nirvana by Charles Bukowski 115 Comments
2468 What Can We Do?
2425 Writing Comments and analysis of Writing by Charles Bukowski 14 Comments
2425 Love & Fame & Death
2419 Short Order Comments and analysis of Short Order by Charles Bukowski 3 Comments
2330 Metamorphosis Comments and analysis of Metamorphosis by Charles Bukowski 20 Comments
2226 This Then Comments and analysis of This Then by Charles Bukowski 45 Comments
2049 Poem For My 43rd Birthday
2049 Revolt In The Ranks Comments and analysis of Revolt In The Ranks by Charles Bukowski 5 Comments
2016 Question And Answer
2003 Hot Comments and analysis of Hot by Charles Bukowski 6 Comments
1971 16-bit Intel 8088 chip Comments and analysis of 16-bit Intel 8088 chip by Charles Bukowski 288 Comments
1941 O, We Are The Outcasts Comments and analysis of O, We Are The Outcasts by Charles Bukowski 22 Comments
1915 For Jane Comments and analysis of For Jane by Charles Bukowski 99 Comments
1850 Flophouse Comments and analysis of Flophouse by Charles Bukowski 1 Comment
1774 The Icecream People Comments and analysis of The Icecream People by Charles Bukowski 273 Comments
1714 Raw With Love Comments and analysis of Raw With Love by Charles Bukowski 300 Comments
1610 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
1460 Somebody Comments and analysis of Somebody by Charles Bukowski 350 Comments
1437 I'm In Love Comments and analysis of I'm In Love by Charles Bukowski 7 Comments
1356 I Met A Genius Comments and analysis of I Met A Genius by Charles Bukowski 12 Comments
1339 On The Fire Suicides Of The Buddhists Comments and analysis of On The Fire Suicides Of The Buddhists by Charles Bukowski 1 Comment
1299 40,000 Comments and analysis of 40,000 by Charles Bukowski 40 Comments
1243 Confession Comments and analysis of Confession by Charles Bukowski 19 Comments
900 Sleep Comments and analysis of Sleep by Charles Bukowski 5 Comments
839 To The Whore Who Took My Poems Comments and analysis of To The Whore Who Took My Poems by Charles Bukowski 12 Comments
837 An Almost Made Up Poem Comments and analysis of An Almost Made Up Poem by Charles Bukowski 20 Comments
742 Marina Comments and analysis of Marina by Charles Bukowski 1 Comment
741 Luck Comments and analysis of Luck by Charles Bukowski 16 Comments
664 Eulogy To A Hell Of A Dame Comments and analysis of Eulogy To A Hell Of A Dame by Charles Bukowski 12 Comments
616 On Going Back To The Street After Viewing An Art Show
584 Bluebird Comments and analysis of Bluebird by Charles Bukowski 728 Comments
573 As The Sparrow Comments and analysis of As The Sparrow by Charles Bukowski 12 Comments
569 Big Night On The Town
464 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
443 Yes Yes Comments and analysis of Yes Yes by Charles Bukowski 11 Comments
414 Like A Flower In The Rain Comments and analysis of Like A Flower In The Rain by Charles Bukowski 26 Comments
405 Shoes Comments and analysis of Shoes by Charles Bukowski 61 Comments
405 Freedom Comments and analysis of Freedom by Charles Bukowski 19 Comments
394 The Poetry Reading
383 For The Foxes Comments and analysis of For The Foxes by Charles Bukowski 322 Comments
378 True Story
349 Cause And Effect Comments and analysis of Cause And Effect by Charles Bukowski 22 Comments
338 Finish Comments and analysis of Finish by Charles Bukowski 3 Comments
333 Friends Within The Darkness Comments and analysis of Friends Within The Darkness by Charles Bukowski 3 Comments
291 This Comments and analysis of This by Charles Bukowski 5 Comments
261 Melancholia
225 My Groupie
223 So Now? Comments and analysis of So Now? by Charles Bukowski 16 Comments
215 Gamblers All Comments and analysis of Gamblers All by Charles Bukowski 520 Comments
192 Be Angry At San Pedro Comments and analysis of Be Angry At San Pedro by Charles Bukowski 6 Comments
144 The Aliens
127 Working Out Comments and analysis of Working Out by Charles Bukowski 9 Comments
123 Out Of The Arm Of One Love...
122 A Man Comments and analysis of A Man by Charles Bukowski 22 Comments
71 The Shower Comments and analysis of The Shower by Charles Bukowski 75 Comments
65 Three Oranges
49 The House


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