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Charles Bukowski - Life Stories, Books, and Links
 
Biographical Information

Stories about Charles Bukowski

Selected works by this author

Selected books about / related to this author

Recommended links
 
BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION
 
Picture of Charles Bukowski, poet; twentieth century American Literature and poetry
Charles Bukowski
(1920 - 1994)

 
Category:  American Literature
 
Born:  August 16, 1920
Andernach, Germany
 
Died:  March 9, 1994
San Pedro, California
 
Related authors:
Allen Ginsberg, Henry Miller, Jack Kerouac, Raymond Carver
 
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Charles Bukowski - LIFE STORIES
 
 
3/9/1994     Bukowski and the Barfly Life
On this day in 1994 Charles Bukowski died. Though dismissed by most critics, he was the Grand Old Man of the fringe presses, publishing over fifty books in a career which spanned a half-century and brought near-celebrity status -- appearances with Allen Ginsberg, interviews in Rolling Stone, sold-out readings in Europe (to which he would be able to take not the two six-packs but four bottles of good French wine), and a movie of his earlier, Barfly life.
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SELECTED WORKS BY THIS AUTHOR
 
 
Beerspit Night and Cursing: The Correspondence of Charles Bukowski & Sheri Martinelli 1960-1967
by Charles Bukowski, Sheri Martinelli, Steven Moore (Editor)
letters
 
Factotum
fiction
 
Ham on Rye
fiction
 
Love Is a Dog from Hell: Poems, 1974-1977
poetry
 
Notes of a Dirty Old Man
non-fiction
 
Pulp
fiction
 
Reach for the Sun: Selected Letters, 1978-1994
by Charles Bukowski, Seamus Cooney (Editor)
letters
 
Screams from the Balcony: Selected Letters 1960 - 1970
by Charles Bukowski, Seamus Cooney (Editor)
letters
 
War All the Time: Poems, 1981-1984
poetry
 
Women
fiction
 
 
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SELECTED BOOKS ABOUT (or related to) THIS AUTHOR
 
 
Bukowski and the Beats: A Commentary on the Beat Generation
by Jean-Francois Duval
biography, literary history
 
Bukowski in Pictures
by Howard Sounes (Editor)
photography
 
Charles Bukowski: Locked in the Arms of a Crazy Life
by Howard Sounes
biography
 
Drinking With Bukowski: Recollections of the Poet Laureate of Skid Row
by Daniel Weizmann (Editor)
essays, memoirs, poetry
 
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"An Introduction to Charles Bukowski"
An essay examines the poet's life, works, and influence on modern poetry.

"More than anything else, Charles Bukowski's narrative poetry has reminded the literary public of just how man-made our notions of 'good' vs. 'bad' poetry are. This has occurred much to the disappointment of many literary critics and professors of English, who, of course, have a stake in being able to 'profess' quality, to profess standards over which they preside."
Academy of American Poets
Find a biography, bibliography, and recommended links.

"Bukowski published his first story when he was twenty-four and began writing poetry at the age of thirty-five. His writing often featured a depraved metropolitan environment, downtrodden members of American society, direct language, violence, and sexual imagery, and many of his works center around a roughly autobiographical figure named Henry Chinaski."
Salon.com
Find uncensored audio recordings of the "real Bukowski":

"In 1993, the year before he died, this counterculture icon recorded and published selections from his classic Run With the Hunted. According to co-producer John Runnette, Bukowski wasn't in the mood that night--to record his poems that is. Although his tough exterior helped to sell dozens of volumes of poetry, the real Bukowski appeared quiet and shy...."
Smog.net
This attractive website features a searchable database of Bukowski texts, in large gallery of art and photographs, a selection of articles and interviews, and Buk's FBI Files (did this behavior warrant investigation?). 18 poems are also provided, including "a smile to remember," "magical mystery tour," "gamblers all" and "two kinds of hell." Highly recommended.

"I've always been accused of being a cynic. I think cynicism is sour grapes. I think cynicism is a weakness. It's saying "everything is wrong! EVERYTHING IS WRONG!" You know? "This is not right! That is not right!" Cynicism is the weakness that keeps one from being able to adjust to what is occurring at the moment. Yes, cynicism is definiteiy a weakness, just as optimism is. "The sun is shining, the birds are singing -- so smile." That's bullshit too. The truth lies somewhere in between. What is, just is. So you're not ready to handle it...too bad."
-- Charles Bukowski
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