Poetry Journals and Chapbooks Collection 1930-1984 1970-1984
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Charles Bukowski (1920-1994) was born in Andernach, Germany and came to the U.S. when he was three. He grew up in Los Angeles and began writing as a child. He published his first story at age 24 and first poem at age 35. He spent much of his life drifting. Although Bukowski did not associate with "beat writers," his style attracts readers and followers of the beat generation. A prolific writer, much of his work is based on his own experience using the language and subjects of the street. He wrot...
Leonard Cohen was born in 1934 in Montreal. He attended McGill University, where he formed a country-western trio called the Buckskin Boys at age 17. He also began writing poetry and was part of the local literary scene. His first collection of poetry, Let Us Compare Mythologies, was published in 1956 while he was still an undergraduate. It would be his second collection, The Spice Box of Earth, published in 1961, that would launch his literary career. He attended Columbia University in New York...
Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822), poet, was born at Field Place, Warnham, on 4 August 1792, and attended the Sion House academy at Brentford, and then Eton. He entered University College, Oxford, in 1810, but was sent down the following year after writing the pamphlet The necessity of atheism . He eloped to Scotland with Harriet Westbrook, whom he married in Edinburgh in 1811. Shelley spent 1812 in Ireland, addressing meetings and writing pamphlets. In 1814 he left his wife and fled to the conti...