When he was two years, eight months old, his parents put him on a ship and brought him to the United States, where they settled in Los Angeles, California, near the father's family. In he returned to Los Angeles, where he lived for the remainder of his life. While "on the road," Bukowski was published for the first time in Story magazine. The year was , and he was 24 years old. At that time he was primarily a short story writer who only occasionally wrote poetry. But a decade later, in , that would change after Bukowski suffered an internal hemorrhage and spent nine days on the cusp of death in Los Angeles County Hospital. After that experience, he began writing much more poetry and quickly became one of the most unique and influential voices in 20th-century American poetry. Ultimately, Bukowski is perhaps more well-known for his novels, such as Post Office , Factotum , Women , and Ham on Rye than for his poetry. But even while he was working on novels he continued to write poetry and short stories. In fact, at the time of his death in , Bukowski had written over 5, poems and stories.
75 Charles Bukowski quotes (make sure your back is to a wall).
Sharp and moving reflections and ruminations on the artistry and craft of writing from one of our most iconoclastic, riveting, and celebrated masters. In this collection of correspondence—letters to publishers, editors, friends, and fellow writers—the writer shares his insights on the art of creation. On Writing reveals an artist brutally frank about the drudgery of work and canny and uncompromising about the absurdities of life—and of art. Sold by: Amazon.
Prolific and influential 20th-century poet, short story writer, and novelist
Search more than 3, biographies of contemporary and classic poets. Charles Bukowski was born in Andernach, Germany, on August 16, , 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. His lack of publishing success at this time caused him to give up writing in 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.
At the core of all good writing and copywriting is the sentence. I picked up Bukowski for the very first time this year, beginning with arguably one of his most widely-read works, The Post Office. For the unfamiliar, reading Charles Bukowski is like going for a ride on a Honey Badger —— nothing is off-limits, nothing is too scary to write about and you never know what the hell he is going to do or say next. If you begin to feel light-headed, take a breather. Great art is horse shit, buy tacos. An intellectual says a simple thing in a hard way.