Charles Bukowski was a German-American novelist and poet. The bulk of his writing focuses on his everyday life as a working-class alcoholic in Los Angeles. His work is minimalistic, such as his poems "Bluebird," "Nirvana," and "Dinosauria, We," as well as a few of the stories in Notes of a Dirty Old Man, a collection of short pieces which originally appeared as a column in two local underground newspapers. He was also the author of the screenplay to Barfly. Bukowski died in 1994 at the age of 73.
Novels by Charles Bukowski
- Post Office (1971)
- Factotum (1975)
- Women (1978)
- Ham On Rye (1982)
- Hollywood (1989)
- Pulp (1994)
Works by Charles Bukowski with their own pages include:
Other works by Charles Bukowski contain examples of:
- all lowercase letters: Charles Bukowski uses only lowercase in his early works.
- The Alcoholic: Henry Chinaski.
- Author Avatar: Henry Chinaski.
- Brilliant, but Lazy: "My ambition is handicapped by my laziness" pretty much sums his characters up.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Henry Chinaski, Bukowski's literary alter ego.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: Hollywood is full of these, ranging from the relatively subtle and well-disguised (Dennis Hopper becomes Mack Austin, David Lynch is Manz Loeb, Mickey Rourke gets rebranded as Jack Blesdoe) to the ludicrously blunt (Mack Derouac, Tab Jones, Francis Ford Lopolla).