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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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21567 The Most Beautiful Woman In Town Comments and analysis of The Most Beautiful Woman In Town by Charles Bukowski 280 Comments
20985 I Made A Mistake
15645 Yes Yes Comments and analysis of Yes Yes by Charles Bukowski 11 Comments
13606 I'm In Love Comments and analysis of I'm In Love by Charles Bukowski 7 Comments
13353 The Meek Shall Inherit The Earth Comments and analysis of The Meek Shall Inherit The Earth by Charles Bukowski 48 Comments
11955 Death Wants More Death
11614 Cause And Effect Comments and analysis of Cause And Effect by Charles Bukowski 7 Comments
11290 My First Affair With That Older Woman Comments and analysis of My First Affair With That Older Woman by Charles Bukowski 200 Comments
10964 Trashcan Lives
10910 Luck Comments and analysis of Luck by Charles Bukowski 5 Comments
10879 The Most Comments and analysis of The Most by Charles Bukowski 15 Comments
10542 The Aliens
10383 I Met A Genius Comments and analysis of I Met A Genius by Charles Bukowski 4 Comments
10240 Eat Your Heart Out
9854 How Is Your Heart? Comments and analysis of How Is Your Heart? by Charles Bukowski 5 Comments
9800 Rhyming Poem Comments and analysis of Rhyming Poem by Charles Bukowski 23 Comments
9678 Trapped Comments and analysis of Trapped by Charles Bukowski 17 Comments
9252 The Blackbirds Are Rough Today Comments and analysis of The Blackbirds Are Rough Today by Charles Bukowski 4 Comments
9229 Like A Flower In The Rain Comments and analysis of Like A Flower In The Rain by Charles Bukowski 4 Comments
9173 Layover Comments and analysis of Layover by Charles Bukowski 4 Comments
9150 The History Of One Tough Motherfucker Comments and analysis of The History Of One Tough Motherfucker by Charles Bukowski 3 Comments
9070 Finish Comments and analysis of Finish by Charles Bukowski 3 Comments
8761 As The Poems Go Comments and analysis of As The Poems Go by Charles Bukowski 4 Comments
8438 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
8257 Out Of The Arm Of One Love...
8187 His Wife, The Painter Comments and analysis of His Wife, The Painter by Charles Bukowski 16 Comments
8124 Here I Am ... Comments and analysis of Here I Am ... by Charles Bukowski 44 Comments
8046 Big Night On The Town
7950 It's Ours Comments and analysis of It's Ours by Charles Bukowski 2 Comments
7887 40,000 Comments and analysis of 40,000 by Charles Bukowski 22 Comments
7863 Another Day Comments and analysis of Another Day by Charles Bukowski 463 Comments
7709 Marina Comments and analysis of Marina by Charles Bukowski 1 Comment
7639 The Poetry Reading
7609 Poetry
7427 Working Out Comments and analysis of Working Out by Charles Bukowski 1 Comment
7350 To The Whore Who Took My Poems Comments and analysis of To The Whore Who Took My Poems by Charles Bukowski 12 Comments
7290 As The Sparrow Comments and analysis of As The Sparrow by Charles Bukowski 4 Comments
6846 Are You Drinking? Comments and analysis of Are You Drinking? by Charles Bukowski 50 Comments
6844 This Comments and analysis of This by Charles Bukowski 5 Comments
6842 Whats The Use Of A Title? Comments and analysis of Whats The Use Of A Title? by Charles Bukowski 33 Comments
6749 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 267 Comments
6693 Eulogy To A Hell Of A Dame Comments and analysis of Eulogy To A Hell Of A Dame by Charles Bukowski 3 Comments
6565 Cows In Art Class Comments and analysis of Cows In Art Class by Charles Bukowski 1 Comment
6551 My Groupie
6456 Pull A String, A Puppet Moves Comments and analysis of Pull A String, A Puppet Moves by Charles Bukowski 2 Comments
6411 Confession Comments and analysis of Confession by Charles Bukowski 3 Comments
6304 A Following Comments and analysis of A Following by Charles Bukowski 1 Comment
6150 Sleep Comments and analysis of Sleep by Charles Bukowski 1 Comment
6112 A Radio With Guts Comments and analysis of A Radio With Guts by Charles Bukowski 1 Comment
6077 On The Fire Suicides Of The Buddhists Comments and analysis of On The Fire Suicides Of The Buddhists by Charles Bukowski 1 Comment
5898 The Retreat
5748 New Mexico
5710 Rain
5580 Young In New Orleans Comments and analysis of Young In New Orleans by Charles Bukowski 3 Comments
5554 No. 6 Comments and analysis of No. 6 by Charles Bukowski 1 Comment
5495 Prayer In Bad Weather
5487 Decline
5456 The Sun Weilds Mercy
5444 Cut While Shaving
5421 Sway With Me
5218 Curtain
5031 Some People Comments and analysis of Some People by Charles Bukowski 7 Comments
4986 The Night I Was Going To Die Comments and analysis of The Night I Was Going To Die by Charles Bukowski 38 Comments
4923 Who In The Hell Is Tom Jones?
4824 Hooray Say The Roses
4796 Now Comments and analysis of Now by Charles Bukowski 1 Comment
4697 Jane Icin (For Jane - In Turkish) Comments and analysis of Jane Icin (For Jane - In Turkish) by Charles Bukowski 83 Comments
4670 These Things Comments and analysis of These Things by Charles Bukowski 2 Comments
4554 True Story
4550 What A Writer
4517 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 10 Comments
4404 The Shower Comments and analysis of The Shower by Charles Bukowski 60 Comments
4178 Be Angry At San Pedro Comments and analysis of Be Angry At San Pedro by Charles Bukowski 3 Comments
4174 Show Biz Comments and analysis of Show Biz by Charles Bukowski 2 Comments
4032 Rain Or Shine
3521 Mama Comments and analysis of Mama by Charles Bukowski 2 Comments
3029 The Genius Of The Crowd Comments and analysis of The Genius Of The Crowd by Charles Bukowski 341 Comments
2524 An Almost Made Up Poem Comments and analysis of An Almost Made Up Poem by Charles Bukowski 4 Comments
2458 Be Kind Comments and analysis of Be Kind by Charles Bukowski 217 Comments
1802 Alone With Everybody Comments and analysis of Alone With Everybody by Charles Bukowski 211 Comments
1741 So Now? Comments and analysis of So Now? by Charles Bukowski 2 Comments
1555 Gamblers All Comments and analysis of Gamblers All by Charles Bukowski 486 Comments
1439 8 Count Comments and analysis of 8 Count by Charles Bukowski 5 Comments
1381 Trapped Comments and analysis of Trapped by Charles Bukowski 224 Comments
1273 Oh Yes Comments and analysis of Oh Yes by Charles Bukowski 9 Comments
1257 A Man Comments and analysis of A Man by Charles Bukowski 19 Comments
1247 Love & Fame & Death
1108 A Challenge To The Dark Comments and analysis of A Challenge To The Dark by Charles Bukowski 6 Comments
1088 Somebody Comments and analysis of Somebody by Charles Bukowski 329 Comments
966 Consummation Of Grief Comments and analysis of Consummation Of Grief by Charles Bukowski 2 Comments
965 The House
902 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
885 What Can We Do?
858 Question And Answer
823 Metamorphosis Comments and analysis of Metamorphosis by Charles Bukowski 5 Comments
773 Short Order Comments and analysis of Short Order by Charles Bukowski 3 Comments
762 Revolt In The Ranks Comments and analysis of Revolt In The Ranks by Charles Bukowski 1 Comment
743 Let It Enfold You Comments and analysis of Let It Enfold You by Charles Bukowski 88 Comments
729 Hot Comments and analysis of Hot by Charles Bukowski 5 Comments
724 Nirvana Comments and analysis of Nirvana by Charles Bukowski 89 Comments
704 16-bit Intel 8088 chip Comments and analysis of 16-bit Intel 8088 chip by Charles Bukowski 276 Comments
643 Poem For My 43rd Birthday
622 The Icecream People Comments and analysis of The Icecream People by Charles Bukowski 255 Comments
611 Flophouse Comments and analysis of Flophouse by Charles Bukowski 1 Comment
609 The Worst And The Best Comments and analysis of The Worst And The Best by Charles Bukowski 45 Comments
569 Three Oranges
438 Raw With Love Comments and analysis of Raw With Love by Charles Bukowski 283 Comments
402 For Jane Comments and analysis of For Jane by Charles Bukowski 87 Comments
386 Bluebird Comments and analysis of Bluebird by Charles Bukowski 691 Comments
223 For The Foxes Comments and analysis of For The Foxes by Charles Bukowski 267 Comments
220 This Then Comments and analysis of This Then by Charles Bukowski 43 Comments
216 O, We Are The Outcasts Comments and analysis of O, We Are The Outcasts by Charles Bukowski 17 Comments
183 True Comments and analysis of True by Charles Bukowski 4 Comments
167 Melancholia
127 Shoes Comments and analysis of Shoes by Charles Bukowski 47 Comments
123 Freedom Comments and analysis of Freedom by Charles Bukowski 6 Comments
100 Friends Within The Darkness Comments and analysis of Friends Within The Darkness by Charles Bukowski 3 Comments
82 Writing Comments and analysis of Writing by Charles Bukowski 4 Comments
59 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
35 On Going Back To The Street After Viewing An Art Show


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