Charles Bukowski

Novelist, Author

1920 – 1994

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Who was Charles Bukowski?

Henry Charles Bukowski was a German-born American poet, novelist and short story writer. His writing was influenced by the social, cultural, and economic ambience 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 sixty 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. 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."

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Born
Aug 16, 1920
Andernach
Also known as
  • Heinrich Karl Bukowski
  • Hank
  • Heinrich Karl Bukowski Jr.
  • Buk
  • Henry Charles Bukowski
  • Charles Bukowski
Parents
Spouses
Children
Nationality
  • Germany
Profession
Education
  • Los Angeles City College
    Art
  • Literature
  • Journalism
  • Los Angeles High School
Lived in
  • Rhineland-Palatinate
Died
Mar 9, 1994
San Pedro

Submitted
on July 23, 2013