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Charles Bukowski Papers

Charles Bukowski was born in Andernach, Germany August 16, 1920. He emigrated with his family to the United States when he was three and grew up poor in Los Angeles. Poet, novelist, screenwriter, and denizen of the mean streets of LA, he wrote from experience. Bukowski is generally considered a "beat poet" though he never associated with beat writers. His language, subject matter and world view reflect a life and love of drink, women and horses. Bukowski was a prolific, some say a compulsive writer. He rose from being a local literary cult figure to wide acclaim following the success of his screenplay for the motion picture Barfly.

Books and chapbooks containing poetry, stories, and drawings.  Letters contain material relating to colleagues Jon Edgar Webb, Loujon Press, and John Martin of the Black Sparrow Press.  Also, unpublished works, photographs, audio cassettes, and flyers and posters.