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Charles Bukowski (1920–1994)

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Charles Bukowski was born in Andernach, Germany, on August 16, 1920. He came to the United States with his parents when he was three years old and spent his early years in poverty. As a young man he was a transient, doing odd jobs. He lived most of his live in boarding houses in the Los Angeles show more area. He attended Los Angeles City College briefly. He worked for the United States Postal Service for about ten years. Bukowski was at home with street people and his work contains a brutal realism and graphic imagery. He began publishing short stories in the mid-1940s. Starting with Flower, Fist and Bestial Wail in 1959, he produced poetry collections almost once a year. His following had grown by the time his collection of poetry about down-and-outers titled It Catches My Heart in Its Hands appeared in 1963. His short story collections include Dirty Old Man and Ejaculations, Exhibitions and General Tales of Ordinary Madness. His novels, with an autobiographical character called Henry Chinaski, include Post Office and Factotum. Bukowski wrote the screenplay for the 1987 motion picture Barfly. He later wrote about the filming of Barfly in his novel, Hollywood. Bukowski died in San Pedro, California, on March 9, 1994. (Bowker Author Biography) show less
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Works by Charles Bukowski

Post Office (1971) 5,783 copies, 88 reviews
Ham on Rye (1982) 4,807 copies, 84 reviews
Women (1978) 3,921 copies, 51 reviews
Factotum (1975) 3,225 copies, 39 reviews
Tales of Ordinary Madness (1972) 2,132 copies, 17 reviews
Pulp (1994) 2,036 copies, 33 reviews
Notes of a Dirty Old Man (1969) 1,961 copies, 15 reviews
Love is a Dog from Hell: Poems, 1974-1977 (1977) 1,836 copies, 14 reviews
Hollywood (1989) 1,699 copies, 21 reviews
Hot Water Music (1983) 1,299 copies, 10 reviews
The Most Beautiful Woman in Town & Other Stories (1983) 1,010 copies, 8 reviews
South of No North: Stories of the Buried Life (1973) 971 copies, 9 reviews
Burning in Water, Drowning in Flame (1974) 801 copies, 4 reviews
The Last Night of the Earth Poems (1992) 730 copies, 9 reviews
The Pleasures of the Damned: Poems, 1951-1993 (2007) 654 copies, 7 reviews
The Captain is Out to Lunch (1998) 606 copies, 13 reviews
Septuagenarian Stew: Stories and Poems (1990) 462 copies, 6 reviews
Mockingbird Wish Me Luck (1972) 412 copies, 3 reviews
Betting on the Muse (1996) 399 copies, 8 reviews
Slouching Toward Nirvana: New Poems (2005) 367 copies, 2 reviews
War All the Time: Poems, 1981-1984 (1984) 365 copies, 2 reviews
Dangling in the Tournefortia (1981) 299 copies, 1 review
Shakespeare Never Did This (1979) — Author — 289 copies, 5 reviews
Fuck Machine (1972) 267 copies
Bring Me Your Love (1983) 266 copies, 1 review
Come On In! (2006) 250 copies, 3 reviews
Screams from the Balcony (1993) 235 copies, 2 reviews
On Cats (2015) 221 copies, 7 reviews
Bone Palace Ballet (1997) 221 copies
Barfly: The Screenplay (1984) 190 copies, 2 reviews
There's No Business (1984) — Author — 189 copies, 3 reviews
On Writing (2015) 189 copies, 4 reviews
The Night Torn Mad With Footsteps (2001) 167 copies, 2 reviews
Essential Bukowski: Poetry (2016) 154 copies, 1 review
The Continual Condition: Poems (2009) 144 copies, 4 reviews
Open All Night (2000) 141 copies
On Love (2016) 114 copies, 1 review
Absence of the Hero (1994) 103 copies
Reach for the Sun Vol. 3 (1999) 95 copies, 1 review
Charles Bukowski: Laughing With The Gods (1982) — Author — 87 copies, 1 review
Hijo de Satanas (Spanish Edition) (1993) 86 copies, 2 reviews
Beerspit Night and Cursing (2001) 77 copies
Tempête pour les morts et les vivants (2017) 76 copies, 1 review
Kaputt in Hollywood (1976) 68 copies, 1 review
On Drinking (2019) 67 copies, 2 reviews
Selected Letters (2004) 61 copies
New Poems (2003) 60 copies
New Poems: Bk. 1 (2003) 59 copies
Jeder zahlt drauf: Stories (1993) 59 copies
The Bell Tolls for No One (2015) 58 copies, 2 reviews
Selected Letters Volume 4 (2005) 41 copies
20 poemas (1998) 39 copies, 1 review
Confession of a Coward (2000) 35 copies
Schlechte Verlierer (1977) 35 copies
Barfly [1987 film] (2002) — Screenwriter — 24 copies
Flinke Killer. Gedichte. (1984) 23 copies
Svastica (1995) 18 copies
Roter Mercedes. Gedichte. (1991) 16 copies
Poesie (1986) 16 copies
Kaputt in der City (1993) 15 copies
Hostage (1994) 15 copies
23 poesie (1996) 15 copies
Bukowski on Bukowski (1998) 15 copies
Il grande: poesie 3 (2002) 13 copies
New Poems Book Four (Bk. 4) (2005) 13 copies
TRAEME TU AMOR Y OTROS RELATOS (2011) 13 copies, 1 review
Day It Snowed in L A (1986) 12 copies
It Catches My Heart in Its Hands (1963) 12 copies, 1 review
El infierno es un lugar solitario (1998) 11 copies, 1 review
Terpentin on the rocks (1978) 11 copies
Fire Station (1970) 10 copies
A Bukowski Sampler (1969) 10 copies
Correspondance 1958-1994 (2005) 9 copies
Stories und Romane (1975) 9 copies
Das KiWi-Lesebuch (1986) 9 copies
Horsemeat Pferdefleisch (1982) 8 copies
Bukowski Unleashed (2000) 8 copies
Sull'amore (2017) 8 copies
Gatos (2016) 8 copies
BUK (1984) 7 copies
Notas de Um Velho Nojento (2019) 7 copies
A Couple of Winos (1991) 7 copies
In the Shadow of the Rose (1991) 6 copies
Garras del paraíso (2018) 6 copies
BUKOWSKI (1985) 6 copies
214 dikter (1995) 6 copies
Bukowski Reads His Poetry (2001) 6 copies
Contes et nouvelles (2004) 6 copies
King of Poets 6 copies
Un'amabile storia d'amore (2010) 6 copies
Six Poets (1979) 6 copies
Le ragazze che seguivamo (2006) 5 copies
The Singer (1999) 5 copies
Der Andere (2001) 5 copies
Ende der Durchsage (2012) 5 copies
70-vuotismuhennos (2012) 5 copies
Katers en poezen (2016) 5 copies
Santo cielo, perché porti la cravatta? (2010) 5 copies, 1 review
Büyük Zen Dügünü (2015) 5 copies
If We Take (1970) 5 copies
Il primo bicchiere... (2006) 4 copies
Kasabanin En Guzel Kizi (2016) 4 copies
Pensieri e aforismi (1998) 4 copies, 1 review
3 romaner (2005) 4 copies
Pis Moruk Itiraf Ediyor (2010) 4 copies
Vana peeru veerud (2020) 4 copies
Non c'è niente da ridere (1996) 4 copies
Una de las más ardientes y otros poemas (2013) 3 copies, 1 review
Three by Bukowski (1992) 3 copies
Alle reden zu viel (2015) 3 copies
Pis Moruğun Notları (2017) 3 copies
Tìžký èasy (1994) 3 copies
Sulla scrittura (2020) 3 copies
Škvár (1997) 3 copies
Pink Silks 3 copies
Notte imbecille (1993) 3 copies
Tako mrtvi vole (2007) 3 copies
Listonosz 3 copies
Sıcak su müziği (2017) 3 copies, 1 review
Nato per rubare rose (1997) 3 copies
Il meglio (2018) 3 copies
Kirottujen nautinnot (2012) 2 copies
Bana Aşkını Getir (2013) 2 copies
Senda del perdedor, La (2014) 2 copies
Katzen (2018) 2 copies
Kediler 2 copies
Kobiety (2010) 2 copies
SUDA YAN ATEŞTE BOĞUL (2017) 2 copies
Za Dzejn (2011) 2 copies
Sul bere (2019) 2 copies
NAISED (1978) 2 copies
Sink leiva vahel (2016) 2 copies
MUSICA DE CAÑERIAS (CM) (2013) 2 copies
Tragedija lišća (1999) 2 copies
Roll the Dice (poster) — Author — 2 copies
The Bluebird 2 copies
be cool, fool 2 copies
Bukowski at Bellevue 1970 (1988) 2 copies
A Love Poem 2 copies
birra,fagioli... (2001) 2 copies
Warm Light (1990) 2 copies
People Poems (1991) 2 copies
Spegni la luce e aspetta (2003) 2 copies
Art 2 copies
100 Poemas 2 copies
Básně 1 copy
The outsider 1 copy
Night work 1 copy
Buke dhe Sallam 1 copy, 1 review
Burlesque 1 copy
Bludni sin 1 copy
CARTAS DEL YAGÉ 1 copy, 1 review
Blow 6 1 copy
Pošte (2003) 1 copy
Gülün Gölgesinde (2002) 1 copy
Femrat (2018) 1 copy, 1 review
55 POEZI 1 copy
Absolutely Live 1 copy, 1 review
Audio Files 1 copy
Correus (2021) 1 copy
נשים 1 copy
O piću 1 copy
Mannequins 1 copy
Pył 1 copy
14 intervjua 1 copy
Vegyes felvágott (2013) 1 copy
Weather Report (1975) 1 copy
Three Poems 1 copy
Ponyva (2005) 1 copy
Success? 1 copy
Antología 1 copy
Sør og ingen nord (1983) 1 copy
Sull'amore (2017) 1 copy
Let's Have Some Fun [Broadside] — Author — 1 copy
Son of Satan 1 copy
Liebe (2019) 1 copy
462-0614 1 copy
One Tough Mother (2010) 1 copy

Associated Works

Ask the Dust (1939) — some editions — 2,968 copies, 67 reviews
The Portable Beat Reader (Viking Portable Library) (1992) — Contributor — 1,474 copies, 10 reviews
Poetry 180: A Turning Back to Poetry (2003) — Contributor — 779 copies, 10 reviews
The Rag and Bone Shop of the Heart: A Poetry Anthology (1992) — Contributor — 394 copies, 3 reviews
Drinking, Smoking and Screwing: Great Writers on Good Times (1994) — Contributor — 337 copies, 4 reviews
The Portable Sixties Reader (2002) — Contributor — 331 copies, 2 reviews
The Bandini Quartet (1998) — Introduction, some editions — 209 copies, 1 review
The Best American Poetry 2005 (2005) — Contributor — 177 copies
The Best American Poetry 1994 (1994) — Contributor — 172 copies, 1 review
The Best American Poetry 1993 (1993) — Contributor — 128 copies, 1 review
The Literary Lover: Great Stories of Passion and Romance (1993) — Contributor — 51 copies, 2 reviews
The Killing Spirit : An Anthology of Murder for Hire (1996) — Contributor — 33 copies, 2 reviews
Antaeus No. 75/76, Autumn 1994 - The Final Issue (1994) — Contributor — 32 copies
Fetish: An Anthology (1998) — Contributor — 25 copies, 1 review
Mondo Marilyn: An Anthology of Fiction and Poetry (1995) — Contributor — 18 copies
Snake Eyes #1 (1990) — Contributor — 15 copies
Harde liefde de ruigste verhalen uit de wereldliteratuur (1994) — Contributor — 12 copies, 1 review
Open City #25: The Musicians' Issue (2008) — Contributor — 10 copies
The Outsider: Volume 2, Numbers 4/5: Winter, 1968-69 (1969) — Contributor — 8 copies
Stroker anthology, 1974-1994 (1994) — Contributor — 7 copies
Onthebus No. 8 and 9 — Contributor — 6 copies
Antaeus No. 69, Fall 1992 (1992) — Contributor — 6 copies
4 Poets (1995) — Contributor — 4 copies
The Outsider No 2 — Contributor — 3 copies
The Outsider No 1 (1962) — Contributor — 3 copies
Onthebus 15/16 (Fall/Winter 1999 Special Double Issue) (1999) — Contributor — 3 copies
X-Ray No. 7 — Contributor — 3 copies
Skull Juices (1970) — Introduction, some editions — 3 copies
The Wormwood Review No. 24 — Cover artist; Contributor — 2 copies
Second Coming, Volume 5, Number 1 — Contributor — 2 copies
The Outsider No 3 — Contributor — 2 copies
The Wormwood Review No. 120 — Contributor — 2 copies
Nomad Poetry Journal No. 1 — Contributor — 1 copy
Beatitude 16 — Contributor — 1 copy
Hearse #15 (1971) — Contributor — 1 copy
Mr. Clean and Other Poems — Introduction, some editions — 1 copy
X-Ray, No. 10 — Contributor — 1 copy
Hearse #10, 1969 — Contributor — 1 copy
3 Matchbooks — Author — 1 copy, 1 review

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An account of Charles Bukowski's 1978 European trip. In 1978 Europe was new territory for Bukowski holding the secrets of his own personal ancestry and origins. En route to his birthplace in Andernach, Germany, he is trailed by celebrity-hunters and paparazzi, appears drunk on French television, blows a small fortune at a Dusseldorf racetrack and stands in a Cologne Cathedral musing about life and death.
 
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petervanbeveren | 4 other reviews | Jun 22, 2024 |
cw: misogyny; sexual assault
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at first i disliked Henry Chinaski intensely (ironically Bukowski's literary surrogate - we probably wouldn't have gotten along) for the reasons listed in the above cw. my opinion of his character drastically changed by Part Two. ultimately a revealing narrative on gender, class, and masculine workplace culture in the U.S. during the 1950s-1960s.

Bukowski || Good News for People Who Love Bad News || Modest Mouse… (more)
 
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lazalot | 87 other reviews | May 25, 2024 |
A cool selection about his romance and time writing for a movie and the difficulties it came with.
 
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chip1o1 | 20 other reviews | May 23, 2024 |
A scary look into how some people view their fellow human beings. Its weird that he dehumanizes women, but barely even speaks about men. He begs the question of if he believes he is the only person in existence.
 
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