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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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22495 I Made A Mistake
22174 The Most Beautiful Woman In Town Comments and analysis of The Most Beautiful Woman In Town by Charles Bukowski 292 Comments
17019 Yes Yes Comments and analysis of Yes Yes by Charles Bukowski 11 Comments
14195 The Meek Shall Inherit The Earth Comments and analysis of The Meek Shall Inherit The Earth by Charles Bukowski 60 Comments
13562 Death Wants More Death
12630 Oh Yes Comments and analysis of Oh Yes by Charles Bukowski 27 Comments
12373 My First Affair With That Older Woman Comments and analysis of My First Affair With That Older Woman by Charles Bukowski 205 Comments
12206 The Most Comments and analysis of The Most by Charles Bukowski 16 Comments
12101 Cause And Effect Comments and analysis of Cause And Effect by Charles Bukowski 16 Comments
11664 Trashcan Lives
11389 The Aliens
10821 Eat Your Heart Out
10656 How Is Your Heart? Comments and analysis of How Is Your Heart? by Charles Bukowski 21 Comments
10552 Rhyming Poem Comments and analysis of Rhyming Poem by Charles Bukowski 30 Comments
10306 Trapped Comments and analysis of Trapped by Charles Bukowski 19 Comments
10179 Like A Flower In The Rain Comments and analysis of Like A Flower In The Rain by Charles Bukowski 20 Comments
10011 The History Of One Tough Motherfucker Comments and analysis of The History Of One Tough Motherfucker by Charles Bukowski 8 Comments
9949 The Blackbirds Are Rough Today Comments and analysis of The Blackbirds Are Rough Today by Charles Bukowski 5 Comments
9946 Layover Comments and analysis of Layover by Charles Bukowski 13 Comments
9844 Finish Comments and analysis of Finish by Charles Bukowski 3 Comments
9836 Bluebird Comments and analysis of Bluebird by Charles Bukowski 724 Comments
9688 As The Poems Go Comments and analysis of As The Poems Go by Charles Bukowski 4 Comments
9211 Out Of The Arm Of One Love...
9146 True Comments and analysis of True by Charles Bukowski 7 Comments
8974 His Wife, The Painter Comments and analysis of His Wife, The Painter by Charles Bukowski 22 Comments
8824 Big Night On The Town
8707 It's Ours Comments and analysis of It's Ours by Charles Bukowski 5 Comments
8672 Here I Am ... Comments and analysis of Here I Am ... by Charles Bukowski 45 Comments
8583 The Poetry Reading
8544 Marina Comments and analysis of Marina by Charles Bukowski 1 Comment
8476 Another Day Comments and analysis of Another Day by Charles Bukowski 467 Comments
8359 Poetry
8210 Working Out Comments and analysis of Working Out by Charles Bukowski 9 Comments
7999 As The Sparrow Comments and analysis of As The Sparrow by Charles Bukowski 11 Comments
7558 Are You Drinking? Comments and analysis of Are You Drinking? by Charles Bukowski 69 Comments
7459 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 282 Comments
7392 My Groupie
7347 This Comments and analysis of This by Charles Bukowski 5 Comments
7343 Whats The Use Of A Title? Comments and analysis of Whats The Use Of A Title? by Charles Bukowski 46 Comments
7288 Cows In Art Class Comments and analysis of Cows In Art Class by Charles Bukowski 1 Comment
7123 Pull A String, A Puppet Moves Comments and analysis of Pull A String, A Puppet Moves by Charles Bukowski 7 Comments
6877 A Following Comments and analysis of A Following by Charles Bukowski 1 Comment
6703 New Mexico
6633 A Radio With Guts Comments and analysis of A Radio With Guts by Charles Bukowski 1 Comment
6601 The Retreat
6336 Rain
6189 Young In New Orleans Comments and analysis of Young In New Orleans by Charles Bukowski 4 Comments
6175 Decline
6117 Prayer In Bad Weather
6104 No. 6 Comments and analysis of No. 6 by Charles Bukowski 1 Comment
5935 Melancholia
5902 Sway With Me
5793 Cut While Shaving
5776 The Sun Weilds Mercy
5757 Curtain
5668 Who In The Hell Is Tom Jones?
5631 The Night I Was Going To Die Comments and analysis of The Night I Was Going To Die by Charles Bukowski 43 Comments
5599 Some People Comments and analysis of Some People by Charles Bukowski 17 Comments
5388 Jane Icin (For Jane - In Turkish) Comments and analysis of Jane Icin (For Jane - In Turkish) by Charles Bukowski 83 Comments
5329 Now Comments and analysis of Now by Charles Bukowski 1 Comment
5258 The Genius Of The Crowd Comments and analysis of The Genius Of The Crowd by Charles Bukowski 360 Comments
5196 Hooray Say The Roses
5168 These Things Comments and analysis of These Things by Charles Bukowski 3 Comments
5123 The Shower Comments and analysis of The Shower by Charles Bukowski 72 Comments
5098 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 11 Comments
4904 Be Kind Comments and analysis of Be Kind by Charles Bukowski 225 Comments
4845 What A Writer
4507 Be Angry At San Pedro Comments and analysis of Be Angry At San Pedro by Charles Bukowski 3 Comments
4499 Show Biz Comments and analysis of Show Biz by Charles Bukowski 6 Comments
4349 Rain Or Shine
4162 An Almost Made Up Poem Comments and analysis of An Almost Made Up Poem by Charles Bukowski 15 Comments
3835 Mama Comments and analysis of Mama by Charles Bukowski 2 Comments
3465 Alone With Everybody Comments and analysis of Alone With Everybody by Charles Bukowski 222 Comments
3213 Let It Enfold You Comments and analysis of Let It Enfold You by Charles Bukowski 96 Comments
2878 8 Count Comments and analysis of 8 Count by Charles Bukowski 7 Comments
2677 Gamblers All Comments and analysis of Gamblers All by Charles Bukowski 512 Comments
2593 Trapped Comments and analysis of Trapped by Charles Bukowski 231 Comments
2063 The House
1956 A Challenge To The Dark Comments and analysis of A Challenge To The Dark by Charles Bukowski 8 Comments
1903 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
1897 Consummation Of Grief Comments and analysis of Consummation Of Grief by Charles Bukowski 4 Comments
1878 Love & Fame & Death
1735 The Worst And The Best Comments and analysis of The Worst And The Best by Charles Bukowski 55 Comments
1677 Short Order Comments and analysis of Short Order by Charles Bukowski 3 Comments
1537 Metamorphosis Comments and analysis of Metamorphosis by Charles Bukowski 17 Comments
1524 Revolt In The Ranks Comments and analysis of Revolt In The Ranks by Charles Bukowski 4 Comments
1524 What Can We Do?
1490 Question And Answer
1451 Nirvana Comments and analysis of Nirvana by Charles Bukowski 104 Comments
1441 16-bit Intel 8088 chip Comments and analysis of 16-bit Intel 8088 chip by Charles Bukowski 286 Comments
1433 Poem For My 43rd Birthday
1368 Hot Comments and analysis of Hot by Charles Bukowski 6 Comments
1313 Shoes Comments and analysis of Shoes by Charles Bukowski 60 Comments
1299 This Then Comments and analysis of This Then by Charles Bukowski 44 Comments
1288 Flophouse Comments and analysis of Flophouse by Charles Bukowski 1 Comment
1265 Three Oranges
1233 For Jane Comments and analysis of For Jane by Charles Bukowski 95 Comments
1096 The Icecream People Comments and analysis of The Icecream People by Charles Bukowski 268 Comments
1059 O, We Are The Outcasts Comments and analysis of O, We Are The Outcasts by Charles Bukowski 22 Comments
946 Writing Comments and analysis of Writing by Charles Bukowski 12 Comments
845 Raw With Love Comments and analysis of Raw With Love by Charles Bukowski 300 Comments
704 For The Foxes Comments and analysis of For The Foxes by Charles Bukowski 307 Comments
687 On The Fire Suicides Of The Buddhists Comments and analysis of On The Fire Suicides Of The Buddhists by Charles Bukowski 1 Comment
679 So Now? Comments and analysis of So Now? by Charles Bukowski 12 Comments
624 A Man Comments and analysis of A Man by Charles Bukowski 22 Comments
606 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
578 Friends Within The Darkness Comments and analysis of Friends Within The Darkness by Charles Bukowski 3 Comments
561 Somebody Comments and analysis of Somebody by Charles Bukowski 345 Comments
525 40,000 Comments and analysis of 40,000 by Charles Bukowski 39 Comments
524 I Met A Genius Comments and analysis of I Met A Genius by Charles Bukowski 4 Comments
481 I'm In Love Comments and analysis of I'm In Love by Charles Bukowski 7 Comments
434 Freedom Comments and analysis of Freedom by Charles Bukowski 18 Comments
394 Confession Comments and analysis of Confession by Charles Bukowski 13 Comments
337 To The Whore Who Took My Poems Comments and analysis of To The Whore Who Took My Poems by Charles Bukowski 12 Comments
302 On Going Back To The Street After Viewing An Art Show
285 Luck Comments and analysis of Luck by Charles Bukowski 11 Comments
275 Sleep Comments and analysis of Sleep by Charles Bukowski 3 Comments
92 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
85 True Story
38 Eulogy To A Hell Of A Dame Comments and analysis of Eulogy To A Hell Of A Dame by Charles Bukowski 10 Comments


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