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Author Information: Charles Bukowski

 
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(1920 - 1994)
One of America's best-known contemporary writers of poetry and prose and, many would claim, its most influential and imitated poet. He was born in Andernach, Germany to an American soldier father and a German mother in 1920, and brought to the United States at the age of three. He was raised in Los Angeles and lived there for fifty years. He published his first story in 1944 when he was twenty-four and began writing poetry at the age of thirty-five. He died in San Pedro, California on March 9, 1994 at the age of seventy-three, shortly after completing his last novel, Pulp (1994).

During his lifetime he published more than forty-five books of poetry and prose, including the novels Post Office (1971), Factotum (1975), Women (1978), Ham on Rye (1982), and Hollywood (1989). His most recent books are the posthumous editions of The Captain Is Out to Lunch and the Sailors Have Taken Over the Ship (1998) which is illustrated by Robert Crumb, Reach for the Sun: Selected Letters 1978-1994 (1999), What Matters Most is How Well You Walk Through the Fire (1999), Open All Night: New Poems (2000) and Beerspit Night and Cursing: The Correspondence of Charles Bukowski & Sheri Martinelli, 1960-1967 (2001)..

All of his books have now been published in translation in over a dozen languages and his worldwide popularity remains undiminished.

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