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Charles Bukowski was born on August 16, 1920 in Andernach, Germany, the son of a US soldier and German woman. His family immigrated to the United States in 1922 and settled in Los Angeles, where Bukowski spent most of his life. After a brief marriage to Barbara Frye, the rich publisher of a small poetry magazine, Bukowski began in 1958 twelve years of work as a Post Office clerk. In 1955 Bukowski began writing poetry, publishing volumes almost annually. His first collection, Flower, Fist, and Bestial Wail, appeared in 1959. Bukowski's first volume of prose, All Assholes in the World and Mine, was published seven years later. By 1963, the year Bukowski published It Catches My Heart in Its Hands, Bukowski had a loyal following, and was famous for his use of violent images and graphic language in his work. His column Notes of a Dirty Old Man appeared regularly in Open City and Los Angeles Free Press, and its run was later collected in book by the same title (1969). In 1970 Bukowski quit his job with the Postal Service when John Martin of the Black Sparrow Press offered him a $100 monthly stipend to continue his writing. Although prolific, Bukowski remained a literary outsider who published his works with small presses, primarily on the West Coast. In 1973 Bukowski gained wider audience when an award-winning television documentary by Taylor Hackford was shown. The 1983 film Tales of Ordinary Madness, directed by Marco Ferreri, was based on stories of the author. The screenplay for the film Barfly (1987) was written by Bukowski himself and directed by Barbet Schroeder. In 1985 Bukowski married Linda Lee Beighle, a health food proprietor twenty-five years his junior, and had one daughter, Marina Louise. Charles Bukowski died at age 73 on March 9, 1994, at a hospital in San Pedro, California, after almost year-long bout with leukemia.

From the description of Charles Bukowski Collection, 1944-1981. (San Leandro Community Library). WorldCat record id: 47954880

American poet and novelist.

From the description of The escape : signed, annotated carbon typescript, 1974 July 15. (University of California, San Diego). WorldCat record id: 32605246

From the description of A well-known poet and myself : signed carbon typescript, 1971 June 6. (University of California, San Diego). WorldCat record id: 32605250

From the description of Louis-Ferdinand Destouches : signed carbon typescript, 1971 Oct. 5. (University of California, San Diego). WorldCat record id: 32605249

From the description of Papers, 1944-1977 (bulk 1960-1977) (University of Arizona). WorldCat record id: 28982512

From the description of Papers, 1958-1980. (University of Arizona). WorldCat record id: 28981498

Poet.

From the description of Papers, ca. 1970. (Indiana University). WorldCat record id: 38482888

Charles Bukowski was born on August 16, 1920 in Andernach, Germany, the son of a US soldier and German woman. His family immigrated to the United States in 1922 and settled in Los Angeles, where Bukowski spent most of his life. His father was in and out of work during the Depression years and was a reputed tyrant, verbally and physically abusing his son throughout his childhood. It was perhaps to numb himself from his father's abuse that Bukowski began drinking at the age of 13, initiating his life-long affair with alcohol. After graduating from Los Angeles High School in 1939 Bukowski studied for a time at Los Angeles City College, taking courses in journalism and literature. He left school and home in 1941 after his father, who had finally read some of Bukowski's stories, threw his son's possessions into the street. Bukowski continued to write stories and traveled across America, supporting himself with a string of odd jobs: gas station attendant, elevator operator, truck driver, and overseer in a dog biscuit factory, to name a few. In 1944 his story Aftermath of a Lengthy Rejection Slip was published in the magazine Story. He returned to Los Angeles and met Janet Cooney Baker, with whom he lived for the next ten years. In 1955, Bukowski was hospitalized with an alcohol-induced bleeding ulcer and came close to death. After a brief marriage to Barbara Frye, the rich publisher of a small poetry magazine, Bukowski took a job as a post office clerk in 1958, a job he held for the next twelve years. In 1955, Bukowski also began writing poetry, publishing volumes almost annually. His first collection, Flower, Fist, and Bestial Wail, appeared in 1959. It was 30 pages long and the print run was only 200 copies. Bukowski's first volume of prose, All Assholes in the World and Mine, was published seven years later. By 1963, the year Bukowski published It Catches My Heart in Its Hands--a collection of poetry about alcoholics, prostitutes, losing gamblers, and other down-and-outs--he had developed a loyal following, and was famous for his use of violent images and graphic language in his work. His column Notes of a Dirty Old Man appeared regularly in Open City and Los Angles Free Press, and its run was later collected in book by the same title (1969). In 1970, Bukowski quit his job with the Postal Service when John Martin of the Black Sparrow Press offered him a $100 monthly stipend to continue his writing. Although prolific, Bukowski remained a literary outsider who published his works with small presses, primarily on the West Coast. His short stories are unsparingly realistic and usually comic. They often observe the thoughts and actions of Bukowski's alter ego Henry Chinaski, a hard-drinking unskilled worker, a lover of classical music, and a racetrack gambler. This character was introduced in Bukowski's 1965 autobiographical Confessions of a Man Insane Enough to Live with the Beasts. In 1973, Bukowski gained a wider audience when an award-winning television documentary by director Taylor Hackford was aired, and he also began an incidental career in the film industry. The 1983 film Tales of Ordinary Madness, directed by Marco Ferreri, was based on stories of the author. Its script drew material from Erections, Ejaculations, Exhibitions and Tales of Ordinary Madness. The screenplay for the film Barfly (1987) was written by Bukowski himself and directed by Barbet Schroeder, and the experience of the filming became the subject of the 1989 novel Hollywood. Crazy Love/Love is a Dog from Hell (1989), directed by Dominique Deruddere, was based on The Copulating Mermaid of Venice and other stories by Bukowski. In 1985 Bukowski married Linda Lee Beighle, a health food proprietor twenty-five years his junior. He had one daughter, Marina Louise, who was born in 1965 to Bukowski and Francis Dean Smith. In his later years, success caught up with the author at last and he evolved from down-and-out to up-and-in: he lived in a house with a swimming pool, drove a black BMW, wrote on a computer, and enjoyed his favorite recordings of Sibelius, Mahler, and Rossini on a new stereo. Charles Bukowski died at age 73 on March 9, 1994, at a hospital in San Pedro, California, after an almost year-long bout with leukemia.

From the description of Charles Bukowski papers, 1957-1994, undated. (San Leandro Community Library). WorldCat record id: 681796264

Henry Charles Bukowski, born Heinrich Karl Bukowski, (August 16, 1920-March 9, 1994) was an American poet, novelist, and short story writer.

From the description of Charles Bukowski collection. [1972]. (University of Victoria Libraries). WorldCat record id: 688595768

Henry Charles Bukowski, Jr. was born August 16, 1920 in Andernach, Germany. In 1923 the Bukowskis left Germany and lived in Baltimore, Maryland for a few months before settling in Los Angeles, California in 1924. In 1939, Charles Bukowski enrolled as a scholarship student at Los Angeles City College to study Journalism, English, Economics and Public Affairs. Unable to hold down a job and failing in school, he left home, moved downtown and worked various manual jobs in railroad yards and factories until finally setting out on the road. Traveling across the country and working various jobs, Bukowski lived in boarding houses, drank and wrote short stories.

At the age of 24 he published his first story, "Aftermath of a lengthy Rejection Slip", in "Story" Magazine. Missing his hometown, Bukowski moved back to Los Angeles in 1946. In 1960 Bukowski published his first book of poems, "Flower, Fist and Bestial Wail". Throughout his life, Bukowski published more than 45 books of poetry and prose, including 6 novels and the screenplay for the movie "Barfly". He died of pneumonia in San Pedro, California on March 9, 1994 at the age of 73, shortly after completing his last novel, "Pulp".

From the description of Charles Bukowski - "The Night The Rapist Got Caught In The Washing Machine, [n.d.] (University of California, Santa Barbara). WorldCat record id: 62297220

Henry Charles Bukowski, Jr. was born August 16, 1920 in Andernach, Germany. In 1923 the Bukowskis left Germany and lived in Baltimore, Maryland for a few months before settling in Los Angeles, California in 1924. In 1939, Charles Bukowski enrolled as a scholarship student at Los Angeles City College to study Journalism, English, Economics and Public Affairs. Unable to hold down a job and failing in school, he left home, moved downtown and worked various manual jobs in railroad yards and factories until finally setting out on the road. Traveling across the country and working various jobs, Bukowski lived in boarding houses, drank and wrote short stories.

At the age of 24 he published his first story, "Aftermath of a lengthy Rejection Slip", in "Story" Magazine. Missing his hometown, Bukowski moved back to Los Angeles in 1946. In 1960 Bukowski published his first book of poems, "Flower, Fist and Bestial Wail". Throughout his life, Bukowski published more than 45 books of poetry and prose, including 6 novels and the screenplay for the movie "Barfly". He died of pneumonia in San Pedro, California on March 9, 1994 at the age of 73, shortly after completing his last novel, "Pulp".

From the description of Charles Bukowski - "The Lion", [n.d.] (University of California, Santa Barbara). WorldCat record id: 62298180

Henry Charles Bukowski, renowned 20th century American poet, was born August 16, 1920 in Andernach, Germany.

In 1923, his family left Germany for the United States settling in Los Angeles in 1924. Following his graduation from high school in 1939, Bukowski enrolled at Los Angeles City College but left Los Angeles after receiving failing grades and experiencing discouraging changes in his family life. He worked in physically demanding jobs before he decided to leave California to travel and experience life in other parts of the country. In 1946 he moved back to Los Angeles, where he found employment working for the postal service, first as a mail carrier and later as a mail sorter. Bukowski published his first book Flower, Fist and Bestial Wail in 1960. He gained national recognition after the publication of It Catches My Heart in Its Hands (1963) and Crucifix in a Deathhand (1965). In 1965, he met John Martin, founder of Black Sparrow Press, who long admired his work and became his life-long primary publisher. Bukowski published more than 45 books of poetry and prose including a number of novels and a screenplay. He died in 1994, in San Pedro, California. For further biographical information, see Howard Sounes, Charles Bukowski: Locked in the Arms of a Crazy Life. New York: Grove Press, 1998.

From the description of Charles Bukowski manuscript, circa 1980-circa 1994. (University of California, Irvine). WorldCat record id: 137242959

Henry Charles Bukowski, Jr. was born August 16, 1920 in Andernach, Germany. In 1923 the Bukowskis left Germany and lived in Baltimore, Maryland for a few months before settling in Los Angeles, California in 1924. At the age of 24 Bukowski published his first story, "Aftermath of a Lengthy Rejection Slip", in "Story" magazine.

In 1960 Bukowski published his first book of poems, "Flower, Fist and Bestial Wail". Two publications by Loujon Press, "It Catches My Heart in Its Hands (1963) and "Crucifix in a Deathhand (1965), gained Bukowski his nation-wide underground audience. It was at this time that he met John Martin, founder of Black Sparrow Press, which became Bukowski's primary publisher.

Throughout his life, Bukowski published more than 45 books of poetry and prose, including 6 novels and the screenplay for the movie "Barfly". He died in San Pedro, California on March 9, 1994 at the age of 73, shortly after completing his last novel, "Pulp."

From the description of The Charles Bukowski Papers, [ca. 1955-1980]. (University of California, Santa Barbara). WorldCat record id: 50730065

Charles Bukowski (1920-1994) was a German-born American poet, novelist, and short story writer.

Klaus Zylla was born in Cottbus, East Germany in 1953; he is a painter, printmaker and book artist, and lives in Berlin and Reguengo Pequeno, Portugal.

From the description of The star : 3 poems, 1996 / Charles Bukowski ; gouaches by Klaus Zylla. (New York Public Library). WorldCat record id: 662475087

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creatorOf San Jose Museum of Modern Art. Poetry journals and chapbooks collection, 1930-1984 (bulk 1970-1984). San Jose State University
referencedIn Ginsberg, Allen, 1926-1997. Allen Ginsberg papers, 1937-1994. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
creatorOf Bukowski, Charles. Louis-Ferdinand Destouches : signed carbon typescript, 1971 Oct. 5. University of California, San Diego, UC San Diego Library; UCSD Library
creatorOf Bukowski, Charles. The escape : signed, annotated carbon typescript, 1974 July 15. University of California, San Diego, UC San Diego Library; UCSD Library
referencedIn Wantling, William. William Wantling papers, 1957-1974. Mclean County Historical Society Library
referencedIn Griffith, E. V., 1927-. E.V. Griffith papers, ca. 1945-1995. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
creatorOf Alternative Press (Detroit, Michigan). [The Alternative Press collection], 1969-1992. Wayne State University
creatorOf Bukowski, Charles. Charles Bukowski collection. [1972]. University of Victoria Libraries, UVic
creatorOf Bukowski, Charles. Charles Bukowski - "The Night The Rapist Got Caught In The Washing Machine, [n.d.] University of California, Santa Barbara, UCSB Library
referencedIn Charles Bukowski collection, [ca. 1994-ongoing]. Museum of Performance & Design
creatorOf Bukowski, Charles. Charles Bukowski - James F. O'Roark Correspondence, 1975. University of California, Santa Barbara, UCSB Library
referencedIn Burkowski, Charles. Charles Bukowski/John Martin Collection, 1967-1994. University of California, Santa Barbara, UCSB Library
creatorOf Black Sparrow Press. Black Sparrow Press archives, 1967-1974. Pennsylvania State University Libraries
creatorOf Bukowski, Charles. Papers, 1958-1980. University of Arizona Libraries
referencedIn Notes from Underground. Manuscripts-Letters-Pasteups, 1959-1974. Temple University Libraries, Paley Library
creatorOf Loujon Press. Collection, 1962-1965. University of Arizona Libraries
creatorOf Anne Waldman Papers (1945-2012, bulk 1965-2000) University of Michigan
referencedIn Dorbin, Sanford M. Sanford Dorbin Papers 1957-2007 University of California, Santa Barbara, UCSB Library
creatorOf Bukowski, Charles. For Dick Mohr : the children outside are screaming, the children inside, me--likewise : [selections from Stooge (Magazine) / compiled by Charles Bukowski]. Virginia Tech
creatorOf Bukowski, Charles. The last night of the earth poems : advance typescript, 1992 / Charles Bukowski. Kent State University
creatorOf City Lights Books. City Lights Books records: additions, 1947-2003 (bulk 1970-1994). UC Berkeley Libraries
referencedIn Hirschman, Jack, 1933-. Jack Hirschman letters : to Neeli Cherkovski, 1974. UC Berkeley Libraries
referencedIn Black Sparrow Press. Black Sparrow Press collection, 1966-2002. Emory University Library, Special Collect Department
referencedIn Kirsch, Robert. Robert Kirsch papers, 1979. The University of Tulsa, McFarlin Library
creatorOf Bukowski, Charles. A well-known poet and myself : signed carbon typescript, 1971 June 6. University of California, San Diego, UC San Diego Library; UCSD Library
creatorOf Alternative Press (Detroit, Michigan). The Alternative Press records, 1961-1998 (bulk 1970-1995). University of Michigan
creatorOf Choice Magazine. Records, 1961-1970. Brown University, John Hay Library
creatorOf Bukowski, Charles. The star : 3 poems, 1996 / Charles Bukowski ; gouaches by Klaus Zylla. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Richmond, Steve. Steve Richmond correspondence, 1965-1994. UC Berkeley Libraries
creatorOf Bukowski, Charles. Office files of The American Poetry Review, 1975-1992. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf Bukowski, Charles. Artist file : miscellaneous uncataloged material. Metropolitan Museum of Art, Thomas J. Watson Library
referencedIn Owens, Rochelle. Papers, 1900-1997. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
creatorOf Klactoveedsedsteen. Klactoveedsedsteen Records, 1965-1969. Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
creatorOf Bukowski, Charles. Papers, ca. 1970. Indiana University
creatorOf Crews, Judson. Papers, 1935-1981 (bulk 1940-1966). Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
creatorOf Bukowski, Charles. At terror street and agony way, typescript 1967 / Charles Bukowski. Ohio University, Alden Library
creatorOf Ammons, A. R., 1926-. The Little Magazine archive, 1965-1988. Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
creatorOf Bukowski, Charles. The Charles Bukowski Papers, [ca. 1955-1980]. University of California, Santa Barbara, UCSB Library
creatorOf Bukowski, Charles. Crucifix in a deathhand : new poems, 1963-65 / Charles Bukowski ; With etchings by Noel Rockmore. Ohio University, Alden Library
referencedIn Lowenfels, Walter, 1897-1976. Papers, 1966-1967. Washington University in St. Louis, .
creatorOf Bukowski, Charles. Charles Bukowski manuscript, circa 1980-circa 1994. University of California, Irvine. Library. Department of Special Collections
referencedIn Richard M. Peabody Gargoyle Magazine collection, circa 1970-1993. George Washington University
referencedIn Wakoski, Diane. Diane Wakoski letters to John Martin, 1970-2007. Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Bukowski, Charles. Charles Bukowski - "The Lion", [n.d.] University of California, Santa Barbara, UCSB Library
creatorOf Black Sparrow Press. Records, 1967-1976. University of New Mexico-Main Campus
creatorOf Bukowski, Charles. Papers, 1944-1977 (bulk 1960-1977) University of Arizona Libraries
creatorOf Church, Dave. [Letters from Dave Church to Charles Plymell] University of California, San Diego, UC San Diego Library; UCSD Library
creatorOf Bukowski, Charles. Charles Bukowski Collection, 1944-1981. University of Southern California, USC Libraries
creatorOf Bukowski, Charles. Charles Bukowski papers, 1957-1994, undated. University of Southern California, USC Libraries
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