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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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24164 I Made A Mistake
22643 The Most Beautiful Woman In Town Comments and analysis of The Most Beautiful Woman In Town by Charles Bukowski 293 Comments
15149 Death Wants More Death
15112 The Meek Shall Inherit The Earth Comments and analysis of The Meek Shall Inherit The Earth by Charles Bukowski 69 Comments
13842 Oh Yes Comments and analysis of Oh Yes by Charles Bukowski 31 Comments
13795 My First Affair With That Older Woman Comments and analysis of My First Affair With That Older Woman by Charles Bukowski 208 Comments
13552 The Most Comments and analysis of The Most by Charles Bukowski 17 Comments
12396 Trashcan Lives
11466 How Is Your Heart? Comments and analysis of How Is Your Heart? by Charles Bukowski 28 Comments
11375 Rhyming Poem Comments and analysis of Rhyming Poem by Charles Bukowski 30 Comments
11286 Eat Your Heart Out
10895 Trapped Comments and analysis of Trapped by Charles Bukowski 19 Comments
10602 Layover Comments and analysis of Layover by Charles Bukowski 16 Comments
10566 Out Of The Arm Of One Love...
10566 The History Of One Tough Motherfucker Comments and analysis of The History Of One Tough Motherfucker by Charles Bukowski 10 Comments
10505 The Blackbirds Are Rough Today Comments and analysis of The Blackbirds Are Rough Today by Charles Bukowski 5 Comments
10409 As The Poems Go Comments and analysis of As The Poems Go by Charles Bukowski 4 Comments
9917 His Wife, The Painter Comments and analysis of His Wife, The Painter by Charles Bukowski 22 Comments
9590 True Comments and analysis of True by Charles Bukowski 8 Comments
9380 It's Ours Comments and analysis of It's Ours by Charles Bukowski 5 Comments
9304 Another Day Comments and analysis of Another Day by Charles Bukowski 467 Comments
9284 Here I Am ... Comments and analysis of Here I Am ... by Charles Bukowski 46 Comments
8847 Poetry
8095 Are You Drinking? Comments and analysis of Are You Drinking? by Charles Bukowski 75 Comments
8032 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
8029 Sway With Me
7804 Whats The Use Of A Title? Comments and analysis of Whats The Use Of A Title? by Charles Bukowski 47 Comments
7753 Cows In Art Class Comments and analysis of Cows In Art Class by Charles Bukowski 1 Comment
7699 Pull A String, A Puppet Moves Comments and analysis of Pull A String, A Puppet Moves by Charles Bukowski 8 Comments
7576 A Radio With Guts Comments and analysis of A Radio With Guts by Charles Bukowski 1 Comment
7528 A Following Comments and analysis of A Following by Charles Bukowski 1 Comment
7316 New Mexico
7158 The Retreat
6803 Decline
6788 Rain
6762 No. 6 Comments and analysis of No. 6 by Charles Bukowski 1 Comment
6715 Young In New Orleans Comments and analysis of Young In New Orleans by Charles Bukowski 5 Comments
6581 The Genius Of The Crowd Comments and analysis of The Genius Of The Crowd by Charles Bukowski 360 Comments
6554 Be Kind Comments and analysis of Be Kind by Charles Bukowski 231 Comments
6516 Prayer In Bad Weather
6286 Curtain
6259 The Sun Weilds Mercy
6256 The Night I Was Going To Die Comments and analysis of The Night I Was Going To Die by Charles Bukowski 43 Comments
6229 Who In The Hell Is Tom Jones?
6095 Cut While Shaving
6047 Now Comments and analysis of Now by Charles Bukowski 1 Comment
6008 Some People Comments and analysis of Some People by Charles Bukowski 20 Comments
5943 Jane Icin (For Jane - In Turkish) Comments and analysis of Jane Icin (For Jane - In Turkish) by Charles Bukowski 84 Comments
5879 These Things Comments and analysis of These Things by Charles Bukowski 5 Comments
5663 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
5659 The Shower Comments and analysis of The Shower by Charles Bukowski 75 Comments
5513 Hooray Say The Roses
5345 Let It Enfold You Comments and analysis of Let It Enfold You by Charles Bukowski 103 Comments
5083 What A Writer
4930 Show Biz Comments and analysis of Show Biz by Charles Bukowski 6 Comments
4617 Rain Or Shine
4599 The Worst And The Best Comments and analysis of The Worst And The Best by Charles Bukowski 57 Comments
4153 Alone With Everybody Comments and analysis of Alone With Everybody by Charles Bukowski 224 Comments
4114 Mama Comments and analysis of Mama by Charles Bukowski 2 Comments
3995 Trapped Comments and analysis of Trapped by Charles Bukowski 234 Comments
3615 8 Count Comments and analysis of 8 Count by Charles Bukowski 8 Comments
3169 A Challenge To The Dark Comments and analysis of A Challenge To The Dark by Charles Bukowski 8 Comments
2559 Consummation Of Grief Comments and analysis of Consummation Of Grief by Charles Bukowski 4 Comments
2465 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
2420 What Can We Do?
2359 Nirvana Comments and analysis of Nirvana by Charles Bukowski 115 Comments
2357 Short Order Comments and analysis of Short Order by Charles Bukowski 3 Comments
2337 Love & Fame & Death
2294 Metamorphosis Comments and analysis of Metamorphosis by Charles Bukowski 20 Comments
2198 Writing Comments and analysis of Writing by Charles Bukowski 14 Comments
2121 This Then Comments and analysis of This Then by Charles Bukowski 45 Comments
2013 Poem For My 43rd Birthday
1988 Revolt In The Ranks Comments and analysis of Revolt In The Ranks by Charles Bukowski 5 Comments
1940 Hot Comments and analysis of Hot by Charles Bukowski 6 Comments
1914 16-bit Intel 8088 chip Comments and analysis of 16-bit Intel 8088 chip by Charles Bukowski 288 Comments
1908 Question And Answer
1904 For Jane Comments and analysis of For Jane by Charles Bukowski 99 Comments
1857 O, We Are The Outcasts Comments and analysis of O, We Are The Outcasts by Charles Bukowski 22 Comments
1775 Flophouse Comments and analysis of Flophouse by Charles Bukowski 1 Comment
1699 The Icecream People Comments and analysis of The Icecream People by Charles Bukowski 273 Comments
1636 Raw With Love Comments and analysis of Raw With Love by Charles Bukowski 300 Comments
1468 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
1389 Somebody Comments and analysis of Somebody by Charles Bukowski 350 Comments
1370 I'm In Love Comments and analysis of I'm In Love by Charles Bukowski 7 Comments
1283 I Met A Genius Comments and analysis of I Met A Genius by Charles Bukowski 10 Comments
1274 On The Fire Suicides Of The Buddhists Comments and analysis of On The Fire Suicides Of The Buddhists by Charles Bukowski 1 Comment
1208 40,000 Comments and analysis of 40,000 by Charles Bukowski 40 Comments
1172 Confession Comments and analysis of Confession by Charles Bukowski 19 Comments
843 Sleep Comments and analysis of Sleep by Charles Bukowski 5 Comments
760 To The Whore Who Took My Poems Comments and analysis of To The Whore Who Took My Poems by Charles Bukowski 12 Comments
731 Luck Comments and analysis of Luck by Charles Bukowski 16 Comments
713 Marina Comments and analysis of Marina by Charles Bukowski 1 Comment
706 An Almost Made Up Poem Comments and analysis of An Almost Made Up Poem by Charles Bukowski 20 Comments
606 Eulogy To A Hell Of A Dame Comments and analysis of Eulogy To A Hell Of A Dame by Charles Bukowski 12 Comments
575 On Going Back To The Street After Viewing An Art Show
538 As The Sparrow Comments and analysis of As The Sparrow by Charles Bukowski 12 Comments
434 Gamblers All Comments and analysis of Gamblers All by Charles Bukowski 520 Comments
424 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
414 Big Night On The Town
357 Freedom Comments and analysis of Freedom by Charles Bukowski 19 Comments
353 Yes Yes Comments and analysis of Yes Yes by Charles Bukowski 11 Comments
341 True Story
335 Like A Flower In The Rain Comments and analysis of Like A Flower In The Rain by Charles Bukowski 26 Comments
314 Cause And Effect Comments and analysis of Cause And Effect by Charles Bukowski 22 Comments
308 Shoes Comments and analysis of Shoes by Charles Bukowski 61 Comments
297 Bluebird Comments and analysis of Bluebird by Charles Bukowski 728 Comments
295 The Poetry Reading
289 Friends Within The Darkness Comments and analysis of Friends Within The Darkness by Charles Bukowski 3 Comments
287 For The Foxes Comments and analysis of For The Foxes by Charles Bukowski 321 Comments
268 Finish Comments and analysis of Finish by Charles Bukowski 3 Comments
233 Melancholia
155 Be Angry At San Pedro Comments and analysis of Be Angry At San Pedro by Charles Bukowski 6 Comments
110 My Groupie
79 The Aliens
70 So Now? Comments and analysis of So Now? by Charles Bukowski 16 Comments
44 Working Out Comments and analysis of Working Out by Charles Bukowski 9 Comments
41 A Man Comments and analysis of A Man by Charles Bukowski 22 Comments
36 This Comments and analysis of This by Charles Bukowski 5 Comments
21 Three Oranges
9 The House


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