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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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21576 I Made A Mistake
16108 Yes Yes Comments and analysis of Yes Yes by Charles Bukowski 11 Comments
13966 I'm In Love Comments and analysis of I'm In Love by Charles Bukowski 7 Comments
13625 The Meek Shall Inherit The Earth Comments and analysis of The Meek Shall Inherit The Earth by Charles Bukowski 48 Comments
12441 Death Wants More Death
11768 Cause And Effect Comments and analysis of Cause And Effect by Charles Bukowski 7 Comments
11624 My First Affair With That Older Woman Comments and analysis of My First Affair With That Older Woman by Charles Bukowski 203 Comments
11546 Oh Yes Comments and analysis of Oh Yes by Charles Bukowski 11 Comments
11292 Trashcan Lives
11215 Luck Comments and analysis of Luck by Charles Bukowski 7 Comments
11091 The Most Comments and analysis of The Most by Charles Bukowski 15 Comments
10856 The Aliens
10431 Eat Your Heart Out
10205 How Is Your Heart? Comments and analysis of How Is Your Heart? by Charles Bukowski 5 Comments
10060 Rhyming Poem Comments and analysis of Rhyming Poem by Charles Bukowski 25 Comments
9962 Trapped Comments and analysis of Trapped by Charles Bukowski 17 Comments
9574 The History Of One Tough Motherfucker Comments and analysis of The History Of One Tough Motherfucker by Charles Bukowski 3 Comments
9536 Like A Flower In The Rain Comments and analysis of Like A Flower In The Rain by Charles Bukowski 10 Comments
9441 The Blackbirds Are Rough Today Comments and analysis of The Blackbirds Are Rough Today by Charles Bukowski 4 Comments
9365 Layover Comments and analysis of Layover by Charles Bukowski 6 Comments
9360 Bluebird Comments and analysis of Bluebird by Charles Bukowski 703 Comments
9338 Finish Comments and analysis of Finish by Charles Bukowski 3 Comments
9091 As The Poems Go Comments and analysis of As The Poems Go by Charles Bukowski 4 Comments
8653 True Comments and analysis of True by Charles Bukowski 7 Comments
8452 Out Of The Arm Of One Love...
8433 His Wife, The Painter Comments and analysis of His Wife, The Painter by Charles Bukowski 17 Comments
8358 Big Night On The Town
8358 Here I Am ... Comments and analysis of Here I Am ... by Charles Bukowski 45 Comments
8196 It's Ours Comments and analysis of It's Ours by Charles Bukowski 2 Comments
8044 Another Day Comments and analysis of Another Day by Charles Bukowski 467 Comments
7962 Poetry
7921 The Poetry Reading
7889 Marina Comments and analysis of Marina by Charles Bukowski 1 Comment
7722 Working Out Comments and analysis of Working Out by Charles Bukowski 1 Comment
7615 To The Whore Who Took My Poems Comments and analysis of To The Whore Who Took My Poems by Charles Bukowski 12 Comments
7606 As The Sparrow Comments and analysis of As The Sparrow by Charles Bukowski 5 Comments
7158 Are You Drinking? Comments and analysis of Are You Drinking? by Charles Bukowski 55 Comments
7034 Whats The Use Of A Title? Comments and analysis of Whats The Use Of A Title? by Charles Bukowski 37 Comments
6980 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 272 Comments
6970 Eulogy To A Hell Of A Dame Comments and analysis of Eulogy To A Hell Of A Dame by Charles Bukowski 3 Comments
6932 This Comments and analysis of This by Charles Bukowski 5 Comments
6819 My Groupie
6817 Cows In Art Class Comments and analysis of Cows In Art Class by Charles Bukowski 1 Comment
6728 Confession Comments and analysis of Confession by Charles Bukowski 3 Comments
6686 Pull A String, A Puppet Moves Comments and analysis of Pull A String, A Puppet Moves by Charles Bukowski 2 Comments
6605 A Following Comments and analysis of A Following by Charles Bukowski 1 Comment
6389 Sleep Comments and analysis of Sleep by Charles Bukowski 1 Comment
6312 A Radio With Guts Comments and analysis of A Radio With Guts by Charles Bukowski 1 Comment
6199 New Mexico
6102 The Retreat
5859 Rain
5812 No. 6 Comments and analysis of No. 6 by Charles Bukowski 1 Comment
5793 Decline
5787 Young In New Orleans Comments and analysis of Young In New Orleans by Charles Bukowski 3 Comments
5696 Prayer In Bad Weather
5607 Sway With Me
5598 Melancholia
5550 The Sun Weilds Mercy
5542 Cut While Shaving
5367 Curtain
5217 The Night I Was Going To Die Comments and analysis of The Night I Was Going To Die by Charles Bukowski 41 Comments
5214 Some People Comments and analysis of Some People by Charles Bukowski 7 Comments
5115 Who In The Hell Is Tom Jones?
4965 Now Comments and analysis of Now by Charles Bukowski 1 Comment
4957 Hooray Say The Roses
4939 Jane Icin (For Jane - In Turkish) Comments and analysis of Jane Icin (For Jane - In Turkish) by Charles Bukowski 83 Comments
4789 These Things Comments and analysis of These Things by Charles Bukowski 2 Comments
4691 The Shower Comments and analysis of The Shower by Charles Bukowski 62 Comments
4659 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
4659 True Story
4646 What A Writer
4312 Be Angry At San Pedro Comments and analysis of Be Angry At San Pedro by Charles Bukowski 3 Comments
4287 Show Biz Comments and analysis of Show Biz by Charles Bukowski 2 Comments
4128 Rain Or Shine
3900 The Genius Of The Crowd Comments and analysis of The Genius Of The Crowd by Charles Bukowski 346 Comments
3605 Mama Comments and analysis of Mama by Charles Bukowski 2 Comments
3367 Be Kind Comments and analysis of Be Kind by Charles Bukowski 221 Comments
3210 An Almost Made Up Poem Comments and analysis of An Almost Made Up Poem by Charles Bukowski 5 Comments
2457 Alone With Everybody Comments and analysis of Alone With Everybody by Charles Bukowski 214 Comments
2102 8 Count Comments and analysis of 8 Count by Charles Bukowski 5 Comments
2026 So Now? Comments and analysis of So Now? by Charles Bukowski 2 Comments
1940 Gamblers All Comments and analysis of Gamblers All by Charles Bukowski 495 Comments
1726 Trapped Comments and analysis of Trapped by Charles Bukowski 224 Comments
1665 A Man Comments and analysis of A Man by Charles Bukowski 21 Comments
1621 Let It Enfold You Comments and analysis of Let It Enfold You by Charles Bukowski 90 Comments
1597 The Worst And The Best Comments and analysis of The Worst And The Best by Charles Bukowski 47 Comments
1455 Somebody Comments and analysis of Somebody by Charles Bukowski 336 Comments
1442 Love & Fame & Death
1424 A Challenge To The Dark Comments and analysis of A Challenge To The Dark by Charles Bukowski 8 Comments
1376 Consummation Of Grief Comments and analysis of Consummation Of Grief by Charles Bukowski 2 Comments
1357 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 20 Comments
1311 The House
1125 Short Order Comments and analysis of Short Order by Charles Bukowski 3 Comments
1112 Revolt In The Ranks Comments and analysis of Revolt In The Ranks by Charles Bukowski 1 Comment
1101 What Can We Do?
1073 Question And Answer
1071 Raw With Love Comments and analysis of Raw With Love by Charles Bukowski 287 Comments
1054 16-bit Intel 8088 chip Comments and analysis of 16-bit Intel 8088 chip by Charles Bukowski 279 Comments
1041 Metamorphosis Comments and analysis of Metamorphosis by Charles Bukowski 5 Comments
909 Hot Comments and analysis of Hot by Charles Bukowski 5 Comments
888 Poem For My 43rd Birthday
865 Three Oranges
833 For Jane Comments and analysis of For Jane by Charles Bukowski 90 Comments
794 The Icecream People Comments and analysis of The Icecream People by Charles Bukowski 257 Comments
745 Flophouse Comments and analysis of Flophouse by Charles Bukowski 1 Comment
614 For The Foxes Comments and analysis of For The Foxes by Charles Bukowski 276 Comments
580 This Then Comments and analysis of This Then by Charles Bukowski 44 Comments
527 Shoes Comments and analysis of Shoes by Charles Bukowski 49 Comments
525 Nirvana Comments and analysis of Nirvana by Charles Bukowski 92 Comments
409 Writing Comments and analysis of Writing by Charles Bukowski 5 Comments
392 O, We Are The Outcasts Comments and analysis of O, We Are The Outcasts by Charles Bukowski 17 Comments
251 Friends Within The Darkness Comments and analysis of Friends Within The Darkness by Charles Bukowski 3 Comments
230 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
134 The Most Beautiful Woman In Town Comments and analysis of The Most Beautiful Woman In Town by Charles Bukowski 289 Comments
110 On Going Back To The Street After Viewing An Art Show
59 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
58 I Met A Genius Comments and analysis of I Met A Genius by Charles Bukowski 4 Comments
51 On The Fire Suicides Of The Buddhists Comments and analysis of On The Fire Suicides Of The Buddhists by Charles Bukowski 1 Comment
46 40,000 Comments and analysis of 40,000 by Charles Bukowski 27 Comments
45 Freedom Comments and analysis of Freedom by Charles Bukowski 9 Comments


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