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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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21007 The Most Beautiful Woman In Town Comments and analysis of The Most Beautiful Woman In Town by Charles Bukowski 277 Comments
20461 I Made A Mistake
15030 Yes Yes Comments and analysis of Yes Yes by Charles Bukowski 11 Comments
13601 Shoes Comments and analysis of Shoes by Charles Bukowski 47 Comments
13267 I'm In Love Comments and analysis of I'm In Love by Charles Bukowski 6 Comments
13019 The Meek Shall Inherit The Earth Comments and analysis of The Meek Shall Inherit The Earth by Charles Bukowski 46 Comments
11637 Death Wants More Death
11314 Cause And Effect Comments and analysis of Cause And Effect by Charles Bukowski 6 Comments
10919 My First Affair With That Older Woman Comments and analysis of My First Affair With That Older Woman by Charles Bukowski 197 Comments
10683 Luck Comments and analysis of Luck by Charles Bukowski 3 Comments
10637 Trashcan Lives
10633 Oh Yes Comments and analysis of Oh Yes by Charles Bukowski 6 Comments
10386 The Most Comments and analysis of The Most by Charles Bukowski 12 Comments
10288 The Aliens
10012 I Met A Genius Comments and analysis of I Met A Genius by Charles Bukowski 2 Comments
9988 Eat Your Heart Out
9760 How Is Your Heart? Comments and analysis of How Is Your Heart? by Charles Bukowski 4 Comments
9530 Rhyming Poem Comments and analysis of Rhyming Poem by Charles Bukowski 23 Comments
9390 Trapped Comments and analysis of Trapped by Charles Bukowski 17 Comments
8966 The Blackbirds Are Rough Today Comments and analysis of The Blackbirds Are Rough Today by Charles Bukowski 3 Comments
8927 Layover Comments and analysis of Layover by Charles Bukowski 2 Comments
8872 O, We Are The Outcasts Comments and analysis of O, We Are The Outcasts by Charles Bukowski 16 Comments
8829 The History Of One Tough Motherfucker Comments and analysis of The History Of One Tough Motherfucker by Charles Bukowski 2 Comments
8799 Finish Comments and analysis of Finish by Charles Bukowski 2 Comments
8796 Like A Flower In The Rain Comments and analysis of Like A Flower In The Rain by Charles Bukowski 3 Comments
8631 Freedom Comments and analysis of Freedom by Charles Bukowski 2 Comments
8541 Bluebird Comments and analysis of Bluebird by Charles Bukowski 677 Comments
8467 As The Poems Go Comments and analysis of As The Poems Go by Charles Bukowski 4 Comments
8131 True Comments and analysis of True by Charles Bukowski 3 Comments
7998 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
7952 His Wife, The Painter Comments and analysis of His Wife, The Painter by Charles Bukowski 14 Comments
7926 Here I Am ... Comments and analysis of Here I Am ... by Charles Bukowski 43 Comments
7871 Out Of The Arm Of One Love...
7864 Big Night On The Town
7625 40,000 Comments and analysis of 40,000 by Charles Bukowski 18 Comments
7557 Another Day Comments and analysis of Another Day by Charles Bukowski 458 Comments
7515 It's Ours Comments and analysis of It's Ours by Charles Bukowski 2 Comments
7425 Marina Comments and analysis of Marina by Charles Bukowski 1 Comment
7407 Poetry
7362 The Poetry Reading
7208 To The Whore Who Took My Poems Comments and analysis of To The Whore Who Took My Poems by Charles Bukowski 12 Comments
7187 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
7175 Working Out Comments and analysis of Working Out by Charles Bukowski 1 Comment
7075 For Jane Comments and analysis of For Jane by Charles Bukowski 83 Comments
7048 As The Sparrow Comments and analysis of As The Sparrow by Charles Bukowski 3 Comments
6606 Are You Drinking? Comments and analysis of Are You Drinking? by Charles Bukowski 46 Comments
6578 This Comments and analysis of This by Charles Bukowski 4 Comments
6553 Whats The Use Of A Title? Comments and analysis of Whats The Use Of A Title? by Charles Bukowski 33 Comments
6449 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 260 Comments
6414 This Then Comments and analysis of This Then by Charles Bukowski 40 Comments
6409 Eulogy To A Hell Of A Dame Comments and analysis of Eulogy To A Hell Of A Dame by Charles Bukowski 1 Comment
6399 My Groupie
6366 Friends Within The Darkness Comments and analysis of Friends Within The Darkness by Charles Bukowski 2 Comments
6318 Cows In Art Class Comments and analysis of Cows In Art Class by Charles Bukowski 1 Comment
6219 Pull A String, A Puppet Moves Comments and analysis of Pull A String, A Puppet Moves by Charles Bukowski 2 Comments
6150 Confession Comments and analysis of Confession by Charles Bukowski 2 Comments
6134 A Following Comments and analysis of A Following by Charles Bukowski 1 Comment
5980 Sleep Comments and analysis of Sleep by Charles Bukowski 1 Comment
5883 A Radio With Guts Comments and analysis of A Radio With Guts by Charles Bukowski 1 Comment
5852 On The Fire Suicides Of The Buddhists Comments and analysis of On The Fire Suicides Of The Buddhists by Charles Bukowski 1 Comment
5678 The Retreat
5596 New Mexico
5352 Young In New Orleans Comments and analysis of Young In New Orleans by Charles Bukowski 2 Comments
5351 Rain
5342 No. 6
5303 The Sun Weilds Mercy
5294 Prayer In Bad Weather
5294 Cut While Shaving
5262 Decline
5222 Sway With Me
5145 Melancholia
5112 Curtain
4753 The Night I Was Going To Die Comments and analysis of The Night I Was Going To Die by Charles Bukowski 37 Comments
4743 Who In The Hell Is Tom Jones?
4729 Some People Comments and analysis of Some People by Charles Bukowski 5 Comments
4632 Hooray Say The Roses
4594 Now Comments and analysis of Now by Charles Bukowski 1 Comment
4515 These Things Comments and analysis of These Things by Charles Bukowski 2 Comments
4455 What A Writer
4446 Jane Icin (For Jane - In Turkish) Comments and analysis of Jane Icin (For Jane - In Turkish) by Charles Bukowski 82 Comments
4412 True Story
4349 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 8 Comments
4139 The Shower Comments and analysis of The Shower by Charles Bukowski 60 Comments
4064 Show Biz Comments and analysis of Show Biz by Charles Bukowski 2 Comments
4044 Be Angry At San Pedro Comments and analysis of Be Angry At San Pedro by Charles Bukowski 3 Comments
3884 Rain Or Shine
3436 Mama Comments and analysis of Mama by Charles Bukowski 2 Comments
3299 On Going Back To The Street After Viewing An Art Show
2309 Let It Enfold You Comments and analysis of Let It Enfold You by Charles Bukowski 85 Comments
2025 The Worst And The Best Comments and analysis of The Worst And The Best by Charles Bukowski 42 Comments
1809 For The Foxes Comments and analysis of For The Foxes by Charles Bukowski 262 Comments
1780 The Genius Of The Crowd Comments and analysis of The Genius Of The Crowd by Charles Bukowski 332 Comments
1775 An Almost Made Up Poem Comments and analysis of An Almost Made Up Poem by Charles Bukowski 3 Comments
1550 Raw With Love Comments and analysis of Raw With Love by Charles Bukowski 279 Comments
1546 Be Kind Comments and analysis of Be Kind by Charles Bukowski 214 Comments
1161 So Now? Comments and analysis of So Now? by Charles Bukowski 2 Comments
1126 Alone With Everybody Comments and analysis of Alone With Everybody by Charles Bukowski 208 Comments
1071 8 Count Comments and analysis of 8 Count by Charles Bukowski 3 Comments
990 Love & Fame & Death
984 Trapped Comments and analysis of Trapped by Charles Bukowski 222 Comments
858 A Man Comments and analysis of A Man by Charles Bukowski 19 Comments
848 Gamblers All Comments and analysis of Gamblers All by Charles Bukowski 482 Comments
746 A Challenge To The Dark Comments and analysis of A Challenge To The Dark by Charles Bukowski 3 Comments
736 The House
695 Consummation Of Grief Comments and analysis of Consummation Of Grief by Charles Bukowski 2 Comments
691 Somebody Comments and analysis of Somebody by Charles Bukowski 323 Comments
660 Nirvana Comments and analysis of Nirvana by Charles Bukowski 79 Comments
644 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 16 Comments
600 Metamorphosis Comments and analysis of Metamorphosis by Charles Bukowski 4 Comments
587 What Can We Do?
572 Question And Answer
543 Writing Comments and analysis of Writing by Charles Bukowski 3 Comments
534 Revolt In The Ranks Comments and analysis of Revolt In The Ranks by Charles Bukowski 1 Comment
521 Short Order Comments and analysis of Short Order by Charles Bukowski 2 Comments
446 Hot Comments and analysis of Hot by Charles Bukowski 3 Comments
426 16-bit Intel 8088 chip Comments and analysis of 16-bit Intel 8088 chip by Charles Bukowski 271 Comments
423 Poem For My 43rd Birthday
418 The Icecream People Comments and analysis of The Icecream People by Charles Bukowski 253 Comments
415 Flophouse Comments and analysis of Flophouse by Charles Bukowski 1 Comment
410 Three Oranges


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