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Bukowski, Charles,

1920–94, American underground poet and fiction writer, b. Andernach, Germany. His family immigrated to the United States in 1922, settling in Los Angeles. A hard-drinking unskilled worker and sometime denizen of skid row, Bukowski published his first short stories in the 1940s and earliest book of poetry in 1959. Ferociously bleak in their portrayal of life in general and Los Angeles in particular, his usually self-referential, often angry poetry and prose typically depicts alcoholics, drug addicts, criminals, prostitutes, and other outcasts. During the 1960s he became an outsider hero, lauded by SartreSartre, Jean-Paul
, 1905–80, French philosopher, playwright, and novelist. Influenced by German philosophy, particularly that of Heidegger, Sartre was a leading exponent of 20th-century existentialism.
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, 1910–86, French dramatist. Deserted by his parents as an infant, Genet spent much of his early life in reformatories and prisons. Between 1940 and 1948 he wrote several autobiographical prose narratives dealing with homosexuality and crime, including
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, and other literary celebrities. Many of Bukowski's "dirty realist" works feature as protagonist his alter ego, the womanizing tough-guy Henry Chinaski; they include the novels Post Office (1971) and Ham on Rye (1982). He wrote more than 40 volumes of poetry (some published posthumously), six novels, and several short-story collections as well as the screenplay for the semiautobiographical film Barfly (1987).


See his The Pleasures of the Damned: Poems, 1951–1993 (2007); his selected letters (3 vol., 1993–99); D. Weitzmann, Drinking with Bukowski: Recollections of the Poet Laureate of Skid Row (2000); biographies by N. Cherkovski (rev. ed. 1997), H. Sounes (1999), M. G. Baughan (2004), and B. Miles (2006); studies by H. Fox (1968), J. Sherman (1982), R. Harrison (1994), G. Locklin (1995), J. J. Smith, ed. (1995), G. Brewer and F. Day, ed. (1997), J. Christy (1997), J. Thomas (1997), and B. Pleasants (2004); bibliography by A. Krumhansi (1999).

Bukowski, Charles

(1920–  ) poet, writer; born in Andernach, Germany. His family emigrated to America (1922), and he grew up in California, attended Los Angeles City College (1939–41), and settled in Santa Barbara. Considered an underground writer, he has produced witty and sardonic poetry, short stories, and novels.
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Charles Bukowski on Writing--a compilation of Bukowski letters beginning from 1945 to 1993, edited by Abel Debritto in 2015--is truly an eye-opener, surprising, at least to me, for in the 80s and 90s I'd read just about every book Bukowski had published.
A poem by Charles Bukowski titled "The Mockingbird" is one of the reference points of the exhibition.
Charles Bukowski (August 16, 1920-March 9, 1994) was a German-born American poet, novelist, and short story writer.
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Vermont in Los Feliz) will celebrate what would have been the 94th birthday of literary legend Charles Bukowski (born August 16, 1920).
THE collection of poems, The People Look Like Flowers At Last, from the great Charles Bukowski is something to behold.
Bad taste creates many more millionaires than good taste,'' said Charles Bukowski.
La seccion amarilla de la literatura sorprende por su variedad: Boris Vian trompetista, Jack London policia de la patrulla pesquera, Italo Svevo industrial, Bruce Chatwin subastador, Jacques Prevea auxiliar de almacen, Charles Bukowski cartero.
The long list of boozy creatives include Dylan Thomas, Jackson Pollock, Charles Bukowski, Jack Kerouac, Amy Winehouse and Charles Dickens - to name just a few.
Site-specific adaptation of the stories of Charles Bukowski.
When my brother Chris was a student at Long Beach State University, he met Charles Bukowski.