Follow Bukowski through his earliest days as a poet with some meager success through quitting the post office and becoming a full-time writer. Living the life he wrote (and reveaing it here in explicit detail), these letters reveal an artist barely holding on.
Charles Bukowski is 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, and raised in Los Angeles, where he lived 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).