Henry Charles Bukowski, Jr. was born August 16, 1920 in Andernach, Germany. In 1923 the Bukowskis left Germany and lived in
Baltimore, Maryland for a few months before settling in Los Angeles, California in 1924. In 1939, Charles Bukowski enrolled
as a scholarship student at Los Angeles City College to study Journalism, English, Economics and Public Affairs. Unable to
hold down a job and failing in school, he left home, moved downtown and worked various manual jobs in railroad yards and factories
until finally setting out on the road. Traveling across the country and working various jobs, Bukowski lived in boarding houses,
drank and wrote short stories.
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