Charles Bukowski

On August 16, 1920, in Andernach, Germany, Henry Charles Bukowski was born. At the young age of two, his family moved to the United States, settling in Los Angeles, California. Bukowski grew up with a firm  father, who would often discipline him with a beating, for the littlest of offenses. He had also been bullied and rejected by many, especially girls, due to his complexion. From 1939 to 1941, he attended Los Angeles City College, at the height of World War II he dropped out and moved to New York City, to become a writer. Bukowski had spent much of his life writing and traveling while continuing to be rejected by publishers. Due to rejection, he quite writing in 1946 and started a ten-year-long period of nonstop drinking. He didn’t begin writing again until he found out he had developed a bleeding ulcer. At the age of thirty-five, Bukowski began his professional writing career, writing for underground newspapers such as Open City and L.A. Free Press. His first book of poetry was published in 1959, called Flower, Fist, and Bestial Wail.Throughout his life, he had written more than forty books of poetry, prose, and novels. Due to Bukowski never changing who he was; the subject matter never changed from drinking, sex, gambling, and music. In San Pedro, California Bukowski passed away due to leukemia on March 9, 1994.

 

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