The materials include drafts of poems, short stories, and monographs by author Charles Bukowksi; correspondence to and from
Bukowksi; and ephemera related to Bukowski and his works.
Charles Henry “Hank” Bukowski was born August 16, 1920 in Andernach, Germany. Known for his crude and evocative poetry and
prose, often describing the hard luck, boozing, womanizing underbelly of life in Los Angeles, Bukowski achieved success later
in life. In his earlier years he was published sporadically and worked several years for the U.S. Post Office, an experience
he ultimately funneled into his first novel. Often disparaged by critics, Bukowski’s writing has achieved a large cult following
in the United States, while his popular and critical acclaim is significantly larger in Europe, especially in Germany.
86 boxes, plus additional uncatalogued materials.
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