Charles Bukowski Biography

Charles Bukowski


Type: Poet, Novelist, Short story writer, and Columnist

Born: August 16, 1920, Andernach, Rhineland-Palati

Died: : March 9, 1994 (aged 73), San Pedro,

Charles Bukowski was 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. He attended Los Angeles City College from 1939 to 1941, then left school and moved to New York City to become a writer. His lack of publishing success at this time caused him to give up writing in 1946 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. He also worked in a dog biscuit factory, a slaughterhouse, a cake and cookie factory, and he hung posters in New York City subways.

Bukowski published his first story when he was twenty-four and began writing poetry at the age of thirty-five. His first book of poetry was published in 1959; he went on to publish more than forty-five books of poetry and prose, including "Pulp" (1994), "Screams from the Balcony" (1993), and "The Last Night of the Earth Poems" (1992). He died of leukemia in San Pedro on March 9, 1994.

Major works:


  • Post Office (1971)
  • Factotum (1975)
  • Women (1978)
  • Ham on Rye (1982)
  • Hollywood (1989)
  • Pulp (1994).

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