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CHARLES BUKOWSKI

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My memory of undying...
Poetry and Motion
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Henry Charles Bukowski (August 16, 1920 March 9, 1994) was an American poet, novelist, and short story writer. Bukowski's writing was heavily influenced by the geography and atmosphere of his home city of Los Angeles, and is marked by an emphasis on the ordinary lives of poor Americans, the act of writing, alcohol, relationships with women, and the drudgery of work. A prolific author, Bukowski wrote thousands of poems, hundreds of short stories, and six novels, eventually having over 60 books in print. In 1986 Time called Bukowski a "laureate of American lowlife."
Bukowski was born as Heinrich Karl Bukowski in Andernach, Germany to Heinrich Bukowski and Katharina Fett. His mother was a native German who met his father, an American serviceman, after World War I had ended. Bukowski's parents were Roman Catholic.[5] He was fond of claiming that he had been born out of wedlock, but Andernach records show that his parents were in fact married a month prior to his birth
After the collapse of the German economy following the First World War, the family moved to the United States in 1923, originally settling in Baltimore, Maryland. To sound more American, Bukowski's parents began calling him "Henry" and altered the pronunciation of the family name from Bu-kov-ski ([bu'kɔvski]) to Buk-cow-ski ([bu'kaʊski]; the surname is of Slavic origin). After saving money, the family moved to South Los Angeles in 1930, where his father's family lived. During Bukowski's childhood, his father was often unemployed, and Bukowski claimed that his father was violent, later described in his novel Ham on Rye.
Bukowski died of leukemia on March 9, 1994, in San Pedro, California, at the age of 73, shortly after completing his last novel, Pulp. The funeral rites, orchestrated by his widow, were conducted by Buddhist monks. An account of the proceedings can be found in Gerald Locklin's book Charles Bukowski: A Sure Bet
Works
[edit] Novels * Post Office (1971) * Factotum (1975) * Women (1978) * Ham On Rye (1982) * Barfly (script) (1984) * Hollywood (1989) * Pulp (1994)

[edit] Poetry * It Catches My Heart in its Hands (1963) * The Days run Away Like Wild Horses Over the Hills (1969) * Mockingbird Wish Me Luck (1972) * Burning in Water, Drowning in Flame (1974) * Love is a Dog from Hell (1977) * Play the Piano Drunk Like a Percussion Instrument Until the Fingers Begin to Bleed a Bit (1979) * War All the Time (1984) * You Get So Alone at Times That It Just Makes Sense (1986) * The Roominghouse Madrigals (1988) * Septuagenarian Stew: Stories & Poems (1990) * The Last Night of the Earth Poems (1996) * Betting on the Muse: Poems and Stories (1996) * Bone Palace Ballet (1998) * what matters most is how well you walk through the fire. (1999) * Open All Night (2000) * The Night Torn Mad with Footsteps (2001) * Dangling in the Tournefortia (2002) * Sifting Through the Madness for the Word, the Line, the Way (2003) * The Flash of the Lightning Behind the Mountain (2004) * Slouching Toward Nirvana (2005) * Come On In! (2006) * The People Look Like Flowers At Last (2007) * The Pleasures of the Damned (2007) * The Continual Condition (2009) * Absence of the Hero (2010)

[edit] Short story collections * Flower, Fist, and Bestial Wall (1960) * Run With the Hunted (1962) * Cold Dogs in the Courtyard (1965) * Confessions of a Man Insane Enough to Live with Beasts (1965) * At Terror Street and Agony Way (1968) * A Bukowski Sampler (1969) * Erections, Ejaculations, Exhibitions, and General Tales of Ordinary Madness (1972) * South of No North (1973) * Hot Water Music (1983) * Tales of Ordinary Madness (1983) * The Most Beautiful Woman in Town (1983) * All's Normal Here: A Charles Bukowski Primer (1985) * Portions from a Wine-stained Notebook: Short Stories and Essays (2008)
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