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Charles Bukowski


Charles Bukowski was born in Andernach, Germany on August 16, 1920, the only child of an American soldier and a German mother. At the age of three, he came with his family to the United States and grew up in Los Angeles. He attended Los Angeles City College from 1939 to 1941, then left school and moved to New York City to become a writer. His lack of publishing success at this time caused him to give up writing in 1946 and spurred a ten-year stint of heavy drinking. After he developed a bleeding ulcer, he decided to take up writing again. He worked a wide range of jobs to support his writing, including dishwasher, truck driver and loader, mail carrier, guard, gas station attendant, stock boy, warehouse worker, shipping clerk, post office clerk, parking lot attendant, Red Cross orderly, and elevator operator. He also worked in a dog biscuit factory, a slaughterhouse, a cake and cookie factory, and he hung posters in New York City subways.

Bukowski published his first story when he was twenty-four and began writing poetry at the age of thirty-five. His first book of poetry was published in 1959; he went on to publish more than forty-five books of poetry and prose, including Pulp (Black Sparrow, 1994), Screams from the Balcony: Selected Letters 1960-1970 (1993), and The Last Night of the Earth Poems (1992), and the following books with City Lights Publishers: Notes of a Dirty Old Man (1981), The Most Beautiful Woman in Town & Other Stories (1983), Tales of Ordinary Madness (1984), Portions from a Wine-Stained Notebook: Uncollected Stories and Essays, 1944-1990 (2008), Absence of the Hero: Uncollected Stories and Essays, Vol. 2: 1946-1992 (2010), More Notes of a Dirty Old Man: The Uncollected Columns (2011), and The Bell Tolls for No One (2015). He died of leukemia in San Pedro on March 9, 1994.


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The Mathematics of the Breath and the Way
On Writers and Writing
Charles Bukowski, David Stephen Calonne
A collection of columns, reviews, introductions, interviews, and previously uncollected stories revealing the method behind the madness and critical acumen of Charles Bukowski.



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The Bell Tolls for No One
Charles Bukowski, David Stephen Calonne
Everyone's favorite dirty old man is back! Previously uncollected pulp fiction by the 20th-century American master.



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More Notes of a Dirty Old Man
The Uncollected Columns
Charles Bukowski, David Stephen Calonne
Sequel to his most famous book, "More Notes of a Dirty Old Man" features rare Bukowski columns unseen in decades.



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Absence of the Hero
Uncollected Stories and Essays, Vol. 2: 1946-1992
Charles Bukowski, David Stephen Calonne
Everyone's favorite Dirty Old Man returns with more boozy tales of extraordinary madness



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Portions From a Wine-Stained Notebook
Uncollected Stories and Essays, 1944-1990
Charles Bukowski, David Stephen Calonne
Essential uncollected work from one of the most infamous and provocative contemporary American writers.



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Women
A Novel
Charles Bukowski
Low-life writer and unrepentant alcoholic Henry Chinaski was born to survive. After decades of slacking off at low-paying dead-end jobs, blowing his cash on booze and women, and scrimping by in flea-bitten apartments, Chinaski sees his poetic star...



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Ham on Rye
A Novel
Charles Bukowski
In what is widely hailed as the best of his many novels, Charles Bukowski details the long, lonely years of his own hardscrabble youth in the raw voice of alter ego Henry Chinaski. From a harrowingly cheerless childhood in Germany through...



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The Flash of Lightning Behind the Mountain
New Poems
Charles Bukowski
The second of five new books of unpublished poems from the late, great, Charles Bukowski, America's most imitated and influential poet -- 143 never-before-seen works of gritty, amusing, and inspiring verse.  ...



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Hollywood
Charles Bukowski
A Rabelaisian romp into the film industry cul-de-sac; satirically on the money.



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Run With the Hunted
A Charles Bukowski Reader
Charles Bukowski
The best of Bukowski's novels, stories, and poems, this collection reads like an autobiography, relating the extraordinary story of his life and offering a sometimes harrowing, invariably exhilarating reading experience. A must for this counterculture...



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Pulp
Charles Bukowski
A grittier-than-thou Marlowe type rummages through the Los Angeles underworld in this satirical novel in the noir vein.



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There's No Business
Charles Bukowski
A collectable, staple-bound story of lust, violence, show-biz, and beer, in true Bukowski form. Illustrated by R. Crumb.



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Tales of Ordinary Madness
Charles Bukowski
With Bukowski, the votes are still coming in. There seems to be no middle ground-people seem either to love him or hate him. Tales of his own life and doings are as wild and weird as the very stories he writes. In a sense, Bukowski was a legend in...



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Bring Me Your Love
Charles Bukowski
A collectable, staple-bound story of love and deciet, beautifully illustrated by R. Crumb.



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Hot Water Music
Charles Bukowski
Short stories about bad jobs, bad love affairs, and bad living conditions. The ever-present stench of booze does not leave the pages.



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Notes of a Dirty Old Man
Charles Bukowski
"People come to my door—too many of them really—and knock to tell me Notes of a Dirty Old Man turns them on. A bum off the road brings in a gypsy and his wife and we talk. . . drink half the night. A long distance operator from Newburgh, N.Y. sends...



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The Days Run Away Like Wild Horses over the Hills
Charles Bukowski
Poems delving into such sensitive issues as bodily harm toward bellboys; hilarious and pathetic.