Charles Bukowski (1920-1994)
Charles Bukowski, born in 1920, began writing at a young age and was first
published in the 1940s. Then Bukowksi gave up writing for the world of work and
bars, not publishing, not writing, so the myth goes, for nearly twenty years.
Ten of those years were spent roaming from odd job to odd roominghouse from the
East coast to the West. The other ten years, Bukowski worked for the United
States Postal Service in Los Angeles, a job that took no effort except for the
strength to show up and the patience to perform mindless operations. During that
time, his life bordered on insanity and death, two prevalent themes in his
writing. According to his own myth making, Bukowski returned to writing the day
that he quit the Postal Service, but his bibliography shows that indeed, he had
been publishing several years before that.
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