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 1920 in Andernach, Germany, to an American soldier father and a German mother, and brought to the United States at the age of two. He was raised in Los Angeles and lived there the rest of his life. He died in San Pedro, California, on March 9, 1994, at the age of seventy-three, shortly after completing his last novel, Pulp.
A literary immortal * * Time * *
He brought everybody down to earth, even the angels -- Leonard Cohen
The best poet in America -- Jean Genet
Reflective, humane, tremendously evocative and absorbingly readable * * The Times * *