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Charles Bukowski

American writer (1920-1994)

1920   -   1994

movement: dirty realism, transgressive fiction, Beat Generation
country of citizenship: Germany, United States of America
language of expression: English
educated at: Los Angeles City College, Los Angeles High School
occupation: actor, writer, screenwriter, poet, novelist, journalist, author, columnist, autobiographer, diarist
influenced by: Albert Camus, Anton Chekhov, Antonin Artaud, Conrad Potter Aiken, D. H. Lawrence, Du Fu, Ernest Hemingway, Ezra Pound, E. E. Cummings, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Franz Kafka, Henry Miller, James Thurber, John Fante, Knut Hamsun, Li Bai, Louis-Ferdinand Céline, Robinson Jeffers, Sherwood Anderson
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Henry Charles Bukowski (born Heinrich Karl Bukowski; August 16, 1920 – March 9, 1994) was a German-American poet, novelist, and short story writer. His writing was influenced by the social, cultural, and economic ambiance of his home city of Los Angeles. His work addresses the ordinary lives of poor Americans, the act of writing, alcohol, relationships with women, and the drudgery of work. Bukowski wrote thousands of poems, hundreds of short stories and six novels, eventually publishing over 60 books. The FBI kept a file on him as a result of his column Notes of a Dirty Old Man in the LA underground newspaper Open City.Bukowski published extensively in small literary magazines and with small presses beginning in the early 1940s and continuing on through the early 1990s. As noted by one reviewer, "Bukowski continued to be, thanks to his antics and deliberate clownish performances, the king of the underground and the epitome of the littles in the ensuing decades, stressing his loyalty to those small press editors who had first championed his work and consolidating his presence in new ventures such as the New York Quarterly, Chiron Review, or Slipstream." Some of these works include his Poems Written Before Jumping Out of an 8 Story Window, published by his friend and fellow poet Charles Potts, and better known works such as Burning in Water, Drowning in Flame. These poems and stories were later republished by John Martin's Black Sparrow Press (now HarperCollins/Ecco Press) as collected volumes of his work. In 1986 Time called Bukowski a "laureate of American lowlife". Regarding Bukowski's enduring popular appeal, Adam Kirsch of The New Yorker wrote, "the secret of Bukowski's appeal ... [is that] he combines the confessional poet's promise of intimacy with the larger-than-life aplomb of a pulp-fiction hero."Since his death in 1994, Bukowski has been the subject of a number of critical articles and books about both his life and writings, despite his work having received relatively little attention from academic critics in the United States during his lifetime. In contrast, Bukowski enjoyed extraordinary fame in Europe, especially in Germany, the place of his birth.
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works

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Tales of Ordinary Madness

book by Charles Bukowski

author: Charles Bukowski

1983

Pulp

novel by Charles Bukowski

author: Charles Bukowski

1994

South of No North

1973 short story collection by Charles Bukowski

author: Charles Bukowski

1973

Ham on Rye

novel by Charles Bukowski

author: Charles Bukowski

1982

Love Is a Dog from Hell

book by Charles Bukowski

author: Charles Bukowski

1977

Nouveaux contes de la folie ordinaire

book by Charles Bukowski

author: Charles Bukowski

1972

Post Office

novel by Charles Bukowski

author: Charles Bukowski

1971

Factotum

novel by Charles Bukowski

author: Charles Bukowski

1975

Hot Water Music

book by Charles Bukowski

author: Charles Bukowski

1983

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