Note: Some places, dates and events below may conflict with those found in Bukowski's FBI files or in previously published biographies. Information presented here that contradicts those sources is based on information found in letters, eyewitness accounts, and other reputable, independently researched sources.
|1920||Henry Charles Bukowski born in Andernach Germany [August 16]||Andernach, Germany
Coblenz (now Koblenz), Germany
|1923||Bukowski's move to America [April 18]||Baltimore
231 S. Hudson Ave., Pasadena, CA 91101 (with relatives, Bukowski-era building no longer exists)
S. El Molino Ave., Pasadena, CA
|1924||2110 Trinity street, Los Angeles, CA 90011||1924|
|1925||Attends San Marino School (now Valentine School), just South of Pasadena.||1925|
|1926||Attends Virginia Road Elementary School.
Father drives dairy delivery truck for L.A. Creamery.
|4511 W 28th St., Los Angeles, CA 90016||1926|
|1931||2122 S. Longwood Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90016||1931|
|1933||Attends Mount Vernon Junior High School.
Breaks out in an extreme case of Acne Vulgaris and undergoes painful treatments.
|1935||Begins going to the library; the Baldwin Hills branch of the Los Angeles Public Library at 2906 S. La Brea Ave., 90016.
Writes first short story about a WWI pilot.
|1936||Bukowski's father loses his job yet pretends to go to work every day.
Begins Susan Miller Dorsey High School. [Sep]
|1937||Transfers to Los Angeles High School. [Sep]||1937|
|1939||Graduates from Los Angeles High School.
Attends Los Angeles City College to study Journalism and English.
|1940||Father throws Bukowski's possessions and manuscripts onto the front lawn after reading his short stories, Bukowski leaves home temporarily and finds a room on Temple Street (with financial assistance from his mother).||First publication; letter to the editor of LA City College paper, Cubby Hole.
Short story and poem [apparently] published in Write, Vol. 1 No. 2 (no copies known to exist - would be first published poetry and prose).
|2122 S. Longwood Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90016
Temple street, Los Angeles, CA
2122 S. Longwood Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90016
|Works part time (very briefly) in stockroom of Sears & Roebuck department store at 4540 W Pico Blvd. for 55 cents an hour.||1940|
|1941||Leaves Los Angeles City College without graduating. [June]||2122 S. Longwood Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90016||Works in the Southern Pacific railroad yards (unverified), and making auto transmission parts at Borg-Warner, 1516 S. Flower St.||1941|
|1942||Leaves Los Angeles to strike out on his own and see the country. While he claimed to have lived in many cities during this period, evidence suggests he was in New Orleans and Philadelphia for the bulk of his time away from Los Angeles.||Ft. Worth, Houston, New Orleans, Atlanta, Savannah, Miami, St. Louis, San Francisco [Bukowski talked and wrote about spending time in each of these cities, but there are so far no verified addresses for him in any of them]||Works as an "errand boy" in the composing room of The New Orleans Item newspaper for 40 cents
an hour. 722-730 Union St.
Works at Fairmount Motors, for 65 cents an hour. 16th and Fairmount St., Philadelphia.
Works at the Nabisco plant, 1325 West Glenwood Avenue, Philadelphia.
|1943||Sends letter to draft board in New Orleans stating that he has no intention of reporting for induction due to his "personal philosophy." Draft board threatens to hand his case over to the U. S. Attorney's Office. [June]
Reports to New Orleans draft board where they reject him for military service. [7/2]
Loses virginity to a woman he describes as a "300 pound whore."
|1944||New Orleans draft board decides to re-open his case, they want him examined by a psychiatrist to determine whether he is a "malingerer," but they can't find him. [March]
Taken into custody by FBI agents in Philadelphia for suspected draft evasion [7/22]; spends 17 days in century-old Moyamensing Prison.
Exempted from service in World War II for "Failing To Meet Medical Standards" after a physical and psychological evaluation. [8/7]
|Aftermath of a Lengthy Rejection Slip published in March/April issue of Story Magazine.||261 W 16th, New York, NY 10011
2122 S. Longwood Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90016
|1945||2122 S. Longwood Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90016
1623 Green St., Philadelphia PA 19130 [October/November]
|Works at Merry Co. (picture frame factory), 634 S. San Pedro St., Los Angeles.||1945|
|1946||20 Tanks From Kasseldown published in Portfolio III.
Publishes first poems in Matrix.
|603 N 17th St., Philadelphia, PA 19130||Works in Snap-on tool warehouse for 65 cents an hour, 1601 Fairmount, Philadelphia. [Oct]||1946|
|1947||Returns to Los Angeles permanently, meets Jane Cooney Baker (at the Glenwood bar on South Alvarado St.), they live together on and off until 1955. FBI files indicate the two were married. Though Bukowski never acknowledged a legal marriage to Jane in later interviews or biographical accounts, in poems from 1959, 60 and 66 he mentions his "second wife," and being "twice divorced."||2020 Mt Vernon St., Philadelphia, PA 19130 [Apr]
Atlanta (in a "tar-paper shack")
2122 S. Longwood Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90016
4320 N Figueroa St., Los Angeles, CA 90031 (Bukowski-era building no longer exists)
|Works at Milliron's Dept. Store, 4th and Broadway (Milliron's became The Broadaway).||1947|
|1948||In a letter written to Whit Burnett in November, Bukowski says, "I'm not writing much anymore and I'm having a hard time getting along as always."||4320 N Figueroa St., Los Angeles, CA 90031 (Bukowski-era building no longer exists)
737 S. Union Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90017 [Aug]
503 Union Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90017 [Nov]
|1949||503 Union Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90017
521 Union Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90017
|Works at Milliron's Dept. Store. [cont.]
Works at Sunbeam Lighting Co., 777 E. 14th Pl.
|1950||334 S Westlake Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90057 (Bukowski-era building no longer exists)||Works at Sunbeam Lighting Co. [cont.]
Works for post office for the first time, December 11 to December 27 as a Temporary Substitute Carrier.
|1951||503 Union Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90017
268 4/6 S Coronado St., Los Angeles, CA 90057 (first court apartment)
|Works at Sunbeam Lighting Co. [cont.]
Works at Calnevar Co. (making simulated wire wheels for cars), West Washington Blvd.
|1952||268 4/6 S Coronado St., Los Angeles, CA 90057 (first court apartment)
2325 Ocean View Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90057 [listed in FBI file, but no correspondence to verify]
|Works at Calnevar Co. [cont.]
Starts work for the Post Office as an Indefinite Substitute Carrier. Annual salary is $1615. [8/17]
|1953||268 4/6 S Coronado St., Los Angeles, CA 90057 (first court apartment)||Promoted to Temporary Carrier Grade 2, $50 raise to $1665. [4/1]||1953|
|1954||Treated at LA County Hospital for an internal hemorrhage (bleeding ulcer), nearly dies [Apr] (widely reported to have taken place in 1955, letters and hospital bills from the era indicate the year was 1954).
After hospitalization begins writing poetry in greater quantity (earlier letters show that he had not given up writing "for ten years" after the publication of Portfolio, as he later claimed).
|1237 W. 11th St., Los Angeles, CA 90015 (Bukowski-era building no longer exists)
323 1/2 N Westmoreland Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90004 [June] (Bukowski-era building no longer exists)
|Promoted to Temporary Carrier Grade 3, $50 raise to $1715. [4/1]||1954|
|1955||Sends letter of resignation to the post office (citing "ill health") after 2 1/2 years as a letter carrier. [3/11]
Sends another letter to the post office asking to be re-hired. [6/16]
Married to Barbara Fry in Las Vegas. [10/30]
|323 1/2 N Westmoreland Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90004 [June] (Bukowski-era building no longer exists)
2254 1/2 Branden St., Los Angeles, CA 90026 (with Barbara Fry)
|Promoted to Permanent Carrier, $1755 raise to $3470. [3/1] Quits 10 days later.
Works for Supreme Lighting Co., 600 E. Turner St.
Works at Graphic Arts Center, 1534 W. 7th St.
Underwood portable typewriter.
|1956||Begins first novel, A Place to Sleep the Night [unfinished].
Mother, Katherine Bukowski, dies [12/24].
Returns to Los Angeles City College to take art classes [10/56 to 2/57].
|2254 1/2 Branden St., Los Angeles, CA 90026||Works at Graphic Arts Center. [cont.]||1956|
|1957||Co-edits Harlequin with Barbara Fry.||2254 1/2 Branden St., Los Angeles, CA 90026
580 N Kingsley Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90004
|Works at Graphic Arts Center. [cont.]
P.O. Box 75-451, Sanford Station (3751 W 6th St.), Los Angeles, 5, Calif. [11/12]
|1958||Separated from Barbara Fry.
Divorced from Barbara Fry. [3/18]
Father, Henry Bukowski, dies. [12/4], Bukowski sells father's house (4927 Doreen Ave., Temple City) for $15,000 ($8000 was still owed on the mortgage).
Reconnects with Jane Cooney Baker. [Dec]
|580 N Kingsley Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90004
3806 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90004 (Hotel Felix)
1623 North Mariposa Ave., #303, Los Angeles, CA 90027
|Takes a job at the post office as a Temporary Substitute Distribution Clerk (mail sorter). [1/2]
Postal Employee Number: 106160
|1959||1623 North Mariposa Ave., #303, Los Angeles, CA 90027||Promoted to Distribution Clerk (still sorting mail, but no longer temporary). [3/21], works as a clerk until January, 1970.||1959|
|1960||First contact with Outsider publisher Jon Webb.
Begins submitting poems to small literary magazines in greater numbers.
|His Wife, The Painter (broadside) [6/16]
Flower, Fist and Bestial Wail [Oct]
A Signature Of Charles Bukowski Poetry [Dec]
|1961||Attempts suicide by gas, wakes up with a headache, opens windows.||Signature 2 [Aug/Sep]
A Charles Bukowski Album (from Outsider #1)
Longshot Pomes for Broke Players [Oct]
|Nomad editor Anthony Linnick reads 15 Bukowski poems and letter excerpts on Los Angeles radio station KPFK. [5/5]||1961|
|1962||Jane Cooney Baker dies. [1/22]
First important review of his work, by R.R. Cuscaden.
|Run with the Hunted [Jun]
Poems and Drawings [Fall]
The Priest And The Matador (broadside)
|45 minute poetry reading on Los Angeles radio station KPFK. Reading comes 15 months after Linnick's reading, the notes for which stated, "Bukowski [...] does not believe the poet's place is on the stage." [8/5] Audio release: Poetry of Charles Bukowski, CDR from Pacifica Radio, circa 2008||1962|
|1963||Meets Frances Smith.
Outsider of the year award from the Webbs.
First published interview in Chicago Literary Times.
|It Catches My Heart In Its Hands [11/26]
Same Old Thing, Shakespeare Through Mailer (Wormwood Review broadside/mailer)
|1964||Marina Louise Bukowski born. [9/7]
Bukowski runs an ad in Ole #1 offering to write a book of prose ("certainly to be colossal whatever it is") for anyone who would send him $500.
|His Wife The Painter, The Old Man On The Corner, The Paper On The Floor, Waste Basket (broadsides contained in Coffin #1)
Grip The Walls (Wormwood Review #16 center section) [Winter]
|5126 1/4 DeLongpre Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90027 [May] (with a pregnant Frances Smith, Bukowski-era building no longer exists)
5124 DeLongpre Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90027
|1965||Writes poems for Crucifix in A Deathhand in New Orleans. [March 6 - March 20]
Suffers from vertigo at work, is prescribed Librium. [Summer]
Receives first letter from future publisher John Martin. [10/19]
Visits the Webs again who have now relocated to Santa Fe. [Oct]
Separated from Frances Smith, doesn't "shack up" with a woman again until he moves (briefly) to Silver Lake with Linda King in 1973. [Nov]
|Crucifix in a Deathhand [Apr]
Confessions of a Man Insane Enough to Live with Beasts [Aug]
Cold Dogs in the Courtyard [Summer]
|5124 DeLongpre Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90027||Temporarily writes in longhand due to "dead" typewriter. Replaces it with a cheap used portable typewriter that he does not like. [Apr]||1965|
|1966||Bukowski and John Martin meet for the first time. [1/22]
Hemorrhoid operation. [3/2]
Starts novel The Way the Dead Love [unfinished].
|John Martin publishes the first of five Bukowski broadsides to be released in 1966, True Story in an edition of 30. Price: $10 each. (First Black Sparrow publication) [Apr]
On Going Out To Get The Mail Black Sparrow broadside [May]
To Kiss The Worms Goodnight Black Sparrow broadside [June]
The Genius of the Crowd [June]
The Girls/For The Mercy Mongers Black Sparrow broadside [July]
All The Assholes In The World and Mine [Sep]
The Flower Lover/I Met A Genius Black Sparrow broadside [Oct]
Night's Work (Wormwood Review #24 center section) [Dec]
|Home recording. Audio releases: 1) 90 Minutes in Hell, double vinyl LP, 1977, 2) 70 Minutes in Hell, CD edited from original LP, 1997||Still driving 1957 Plymouth that he and Barbara Fry bought new ten years earlier.||1966|
|1967||Takes train to visit Webbs in Tucson. [Jun/Jul]||2 Poems [4/7]
Notes of a dirty old man column debuts in Open City weekly [Vol. 2 No. 2, May 12 - 18] - ran 87 weeks.
The Curtains Are Waving And People Walk Through The Afternoon Here And In Berlin And In New York City And In Mexico [10/13]
|Home recording [2/18] Audio releases: 1) A Cold Turkey Press Special - LP [three poems], 1972, 2) Poems and Insults CD [two poems], 2004, 3) 12 Great Americans CD [four poems], 2006||1967|
|1968||Post office officials and FBI interview Bukowski. [2/8]||At Terror Street and Agony Way, book and open reel tape (tape sells for $10) [5/15]
Poems Written Before Jumping Out Of An 8 Story Window [Summer]
|Reads 18 poems from the upcoming At Terror Street and Agony Way onto tape for the limited edition tape released along with the book. Audio release: At Terror Street and Agony Way, reel to reel tape, 1968||At the urging of John Martin, Bukowski begins keeping carbon copies of the work he submits to publishers. [May]
Telephone: (213) 661-6385
|1969||John Martin offers to pay Bukowski a quarter of his own income ($100/mo at the time) "for life" to quit the post office and write full time. [Dec] (As a clerk with 10 years on the job, Bukowski's post office job would have paid more than six times what Martin offered - about $625/mo.)
At the time he quit the post office he was paying $45 a month in child support.
|Notes of a Dirty Old Man [1/24]
A Bukowski Sampler [7/15]
The Days Run Away Like Wild Horses Over The Hills [12/30]
Penguin Modern Poets
|Records 6 hours of poetry for Beatles short-lived experimental/spoken word label, Zapple [Jan]. Zapple record is never released. Audio releases: 1) At Terror Street and Agony Way (Not to be confused with the 1968 Black Sparrow tape), double CD, 1993, 2) Bukowski Reads His Poetry, CD (17 of the 41 poems on the 1993 release), 1995
First known public readings at The Bridge bookstore, Los Angeles. [12/19, 12/20]
|1970||Quit post office for the last time. [1/7]
Finishes first novel Post Office. [Feb]
Starts novel The Horseplayer [unfinished].
Meets Linda King.
First airplane trip (to Washington state for readings).
|If We Take (Black Sparrow New Years Greeting)
Fire Station [Mar]
Notes of a Dirty Old Man published in Germany, first of many German translations.
|Heritage Room, Cal State L.A. [2/17]
The Kiva, University of New Mexico [5/15]
West Washington State College [5/29]
Bellevue Community College [5/30] Video releases: 1) Bukowski at Bellevue, VHS, 1988, 2) Bukowski at Bellevue, DVD, 2004
The Bridge, Los Angeles [7/2]
Bookstore (name unknown) [7/3]
California State University Long Beach [7/22]
Venice, CA coffeehouse [8/5]
Rembrandt Hall, Pomona College, CA [Nov]
Home recording (New Orleans) Audio releases: 1) Cassette Gazette (one Bukowski story), 1971, 2) Cassette Gazette, poems, 1985, 3) King of Poets, CD [bootleg], circa 1995
|1971||Sells his literary archive and papers to UCSB for $5,000.
Starts novel The Poet [unpublished].
|Post Office [2/8]||Venice, CA coffeehouse [1/27]
University of Southern California [4/23]
Benefit for Kenneth Patchen [date unknown]
|Switches from an Underwood typewriter to a Royal (Quiet De Luxe). [Jan]. Used mainly portable Underwood typewriters prior to the Royal.
Drives 1962 Mercury Comet.
|1972||Travels to Phoenix, AZ with Linda King. [Jan]
Monthly income from Black Sparrow Press is $300 (roughly equal to what he was earning as a full time letter carrier 12 years earlier, and only half what he was earning as a clerk two years earlier).
Splits with Linda King and begins seeing Liza Williams. [May - July]
Reunites with Linda King. [Aug]
|Erections, Ejaculations, Exhibitions And General Tales Of Ordinary Madness [Apr]
Mockingbird Wish Me Luck [6/1]
Me And Your Sometimes Love Poems
|St. Mark's Church Poetry Project, New York [2/3]
Two readings in one day (noon and early evening), California State University Long Beach [Apr]
City Lights Poets Theater, 555 Chestnut, San Francisco [9/14] Audio releases: 1) Poems and Insults, CD, 2004, 2) Bukowski Reads His Poetry, LP and CD 2004
Papa Bach's bookstore, Los Angeles [maybe two readings, dates unconfirmed]
|1973||Receives a $5,000 grant from National Endowment of the Arts to "further his writing career." [May]
Bukowski performs in a staged reading of one act of a Linda King penned play, Only a Tenant, at the Pasadena Museum of the Arts.
Travels to Utah with Linda King. [Jul]
Separates from Linda King. [8/1]
Bukowski, Taylor Hackford's film premieres at Barnsdall Park Municipal Gallery Theater. [11/25]
Bukowski, Taylor Hackford's film (60 minute version) airs on KCET in Los Angeles. [11/26]
|While The Music Played (Sparrow #5) [2/12]
South of No North [12/17]
|5124 DeLongpre Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90027
2440 Edgewater Terrace, Los Angeles, CA 90039 (with Linda King, it lasted only 6 months; February through July)
151 S. Oxford Ave. #24, Los Angeles, CA 90004
|USC, Pasadena, Long Beach and UC Irvine [readings and dates unconfirmed]
Moorpark College [11/14]
California State University Long Beach [11/28, 11/29]
San Francisco Museum of Art, Poetry Center [12/6] Audio and video release: VHS and cassette, San Francisco Museum of Art, circa 2006
|P. O. box 26469, Los Angeles, 90026 [10/19]||1973|
|1974||55 Beds in the Same Direction (Wormwood Review #54 center section) [Spring]
Burning in Water, Drowning in Flame [6/21]
Poems Written Before Jumping Out Of An 8 Story Window German translation sells 50,000 copies.
|151 S. Oxford Ave. #24, Los Angeles, CA 90004 [Feb]
5526 Carlton Way, Los Angeles, CA 90027 (Bukowski-era building no longer exists)
5437 2/5 Carlton Way, Los Angeles, CA 90027 (Bukowski-era building no longer exists)
|Specimen 73: Poetry as Performance, Pasadena (CA) Art Museum [6/16]
Underwater Poetry Festival, Salt Lake City [10/5] Audio release: Underwater Poetry Festival, 2007
MCCC-TV (Macomb County Community College), Warren, MI (paid $500 plus expenses) [10/31] Audio release: Totally Corrupt, The Dial-A-Poem Poets (five poems), LP, 1976
Paperbacks Unlimited, Ferndale, MI [10/31]
Riverside, CA [Nov]
Santa Cruz Poetry Festival [11/25]
|Telephone: (213) 462-0614||1974|
|1975||Bukowski, Taylor Hackford's film, is screened at the Whitney Museum in New York as part of their New American Filmmakers Series. [2/12 - 2/18]
Meets Pamela "Cupcakes" Miller (the subject of the book Scarlet) for the first time when she brings her friend Georgia to his apartment. [11/10]
Black Sparrow Press moves from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara. [Fall]
Linda King (possibly pregnant with Bukowski's child) has a miscarriage. [Dec]
|Africa, Paris, Greece (Sparrow #30) [3/21]
|5437 2/5 Carlton Way, Los Angeles, CA 90027 (Bukowski-era building no longer exists)||University of Arkansas, Fayetteville [1/15]
West Coast Bodega, Long Beach [3/5]
Golden Bear, Huntington Beach [May]
Northern California [May]
Telegraph Hill Gym, San Francisco [5/31]
Golden Bear, Huntington Beach [6/25]
Moulton Theatre, Laguna Beach [8/15]
Baudelaire's, Santa Barbara [Oct]
Houston, TX [10/4]
Golden Bear, Huntington Beach [10/31]
Amazingrace, Evanston, IL [11/18]
Northwestern University [11/19]
|Switches from Royal typewriter to a used Olympia SG-1 (The $143 cost paid by John Martin) after Linda King smashes the Royal in the street. The Olympia would be his last manual typewriter. [Dec]||1975|
|1976||Major profile in Rolling Stone magazine. [6/17]
Meets future wife Linda Lee Beighle at a reading at the Troubadour. [9/29]
First trip outside the U.S. for a reading in Canada. [Oct]
|The last Poem and Tough Company (Black Sparrow New Years Greeting)
Scarlet (Black Sparrow limited edition, 195 copies) [4/14]
Art (Black Sparrow New Years Greeting)[12/13]
|University of Pittsburgh, S.U. Lower Lounge, Tom Waits opens both nights [3/12, 3/13]
St. Mark's Church Poetry Project, New York [June]
Golden Bear, Huntington Beach [Jun/Jul]
Troubadour, Los Angeles [7/11 opening for comedian Steve Martin, paid $1,000]
San Francisco War Memorial and Performing Arts Center [9/10]
Troubadour, Los Angeles [9/29]
Troubadour, Los Angeles [10/3]
Western Front, Vancouver [Oct]
Santa Cruz Poetry Festival [11/13]
|Drives Volkswagon Beetle.||1976|
|1977||Maybe Tomorrow (Sparrow #54) [3/1]
Love is a Dog From Hell [9/15]
|Los Angeles reading, location unknown [1/30]
Baudelaire's, Santa Barbara [6/5] Audio release: MP3 from cassette [bootleg], 2007
|1978||Monthly income from Black Sparrow Press is $500.
First trip to Europe. [May]
Travels to France and appears on (and walks off) popular arts program Apostrophe. [Oct]
|You Kissed Lilly [2/8]
Legs, Hips And Behind (Wormwood Review #71, all-Bukowski issue) [Summer]
We'll Take Them (Sparrow #72) [9/5]
|1148 W. Santa Cruz St., San Pedro, CA 90731 [Oct] (Bukowski lived at this address longer than any other during his lifetime)||Milwaukee, U of W [4/17]
Hamburg, Germany [5/18] Audio releases: 1) Hello. It's good to be back., LP, 1978, 2) Solid Citizen, CD [bootleg], 2004, 3) Hello. It's good to be back., CD (out of print), 2008
|1979||Meets Barbet Schroeder and begins writing the screenplay, The Rats of Thirst, which would eventually be filmed as Barfly.
Buys first new car (with his own money), a BMW.
|A Love Poem (Black Sparrow New Years Greeting)
Play the Piano Drunk Like a Percussion Instrument until the Fingers Begin to Bleed a Bit [7/25]
Shakespeare Never Did This, City Lights [Sep]
|Viking Inn, Vancouver [10/12] Video release: There's Gonna Be a God Damn Riot in Here, DVD, 2008||Martin expresses concern for Bukowski's "image" when he buys a new BMW. Volkswagon Beetle is relegated to the garage. [JuneS]
His Olympia typewriter in the shop for repairs, Bukowski buys a portable typewriter, but complains that it does not have the "soul" of the Olympia. [Aug]
|1980||Final live reading at the Sweetwater in Redondo Beach [3/31] Audio and video release: Hostage LP, 1985, CD, 1994, The Last Straw, DVD, 2008||Bukowski stops using carbon paper and begins to use a Xerox machine to make manuscript submission copies. [May]||1980|
|1981||Italian film production of Tales of Ordinary Madness starring Ben Gazzara released. [9/11]||Good-By to Hollywood (Wormwood Review #81-82 center section) [Spring]
Dangling in the Tournefortia [9/25]
|Temporary split with Linda. [Feb]
Phone: (213) 832-3170
|1982||1982 earnings from foreign royalty payments (does not include Black Sparrow, City Lights, etc.): $89,389.37.
LA Weekly asks him to write a weekly column, he submits first installment but the weekly column never happens. [Sep]
|The Last Generation (Black Sparrow New Years Greeting)
Ham on Rye [7/28]
|Temporary split with Linda. [Oct - Dec]||1982|
|1983||Sparks (Black Sparrow New Years Greeting)
Bring Me Your Love [7/8]
Hot Water Music [9/28]
The Bukowski/Purdy Letters [Nov]
The Most Beautiful Woman in Town and Other Stories [Dec]
Tales of Ordinary Madness [Dec]
|Olympia typewriter breaks down and he writes letters by hand. [7/16]
Temporary split with Linda. [Aug]
Switches from Olympia typewriter to an IBM Selectric. [9/9]
|1984||One For The Old Boy (Black Sparrow New Years Greeting)
There's No Business [3/28]
Horses Don't Bet On People and Neither Do I (Wormwood Review #95, all-Bukowski issue) [Summer]
War All the Time [10/16]
Barfly - The Movie [Dec]
|Phone: (213) 519-7279||1984|
|1985||Proposes to Linda Lee Beighle. [3/20]
Marries Linda Lee at the Church of the People in the Los Feliz area of Los Angeles. [8/18]
|Alone In A Time Of Armies (Black Sparrow New Years Greeting)
Cornered (30 copies published by Martin under the fictitious "Burn Again Press" imprint) [Oct]
Good Stuff (Wormwood Review #100 center section) [Winter]
|Barbet Schroeder short film interviews and readings Video releases: The Charles Bukowski Tapes, VHS, 1985, DVD, 2006||1985|
|1986||Gold In Your Eye (Black Sparrow New Years Greeting)
The Wedding (Black Sparrow limited edition, 40 copies) [Jan]
The Day It Snowed In L.A. [Sep]
You Get So Alone at Times That It Just Makes Sense [9/26]
Relentless As The Tarantula
|Interview/reading Audio release: Do You Use a Notebook?, Movable Feast #3, Cassette, 1986||P. O. box 132, San Pedro, 90731 [Mar]||1986|
|1987||Barfly film released. [10/16]
Belgian film Crazy Love, released, based on Bukowski stories. [Oct]
The Bukowski Tapes premieres in America at EZTV in Santa Monica, CA (with Bukowski and Schroeder in attendance), limited release on VHS by Lagoon Video.
|Luck (Black Sparrow New Years Greeting)
Bukowski Photographs 1977-1987 [Sep]
|1988||Undergoes three treatments for removal of separate skin cancers. [summer]||The Movie Critics (Black Sparrow New Years Greeting)
The Roominghouse Madrigals [5/25]
Beauti-Ful (Wormwood Review #110/111, all-Bukowski issue) [Spring/Summer]
|1989||Undergoes treatment for Tuberculosis, which forces him to temporarily give up drinking.
Buys new car; Acura Legend.
|If You Let Them Kill You, They Will (Black Sparrow New Years Greeting)
Red (50 copies published by Martin under the fictitious "Burn Again Press" imprint) [1/30]
|1990||We Ain't Got No Money, Honey, Be We Got Rain (Black Sparrow New Years Greeting)
Septuagenarian Stew [5/10]
This (50 copies published by Martin under the fictitious "Burn Again Press" imprint) [5/25]
Not Quite Bernadette [Fall]
Darkness & Ice (50 copies published by Martin under the fictitious "Burn Again Press" imprint) [Nov]
|1991||First full-length biography published, Neeli Cherkovski's Hank: The Life of Charles Bukowski.
Takes Linda to Disneyland for her birthday and has a good time, despite his firmly held belief that Mickey Mouse has no soul. [11/14]
|In The Morning And At Night And In Between (Black Sparrow New Years Greeting)
In The Shadow Of The Rose (Black Sparrow limited edition, 814 copies) [7/25]
People Poems (Wormwood Review #122/123, all-Bukowski issue) [Spring/Summer]
|Home recording Audio release: Two Poems, Beat Scene Magazine #12 Flexi-Disc, 1991||Switches from the IBM Selectric to an Apple MacIntosh. [1/18]
Abandons the Xerox machine and now uses only a computer printer to make manuscripts. [Apr]
|1992||Undergoes treatment for cataracts, diminishing his vision.
Monthly income from Black Sparrow Press is $7,000.
|Now (Black Sparrow New Years Greeting)
The Last Night of the Earth Poems [3/23]
Three Poems (Black Sparrow limited edition, 1131 copies) [5/21]
|Home recording [2/25] Video release: Born Into This, DVD (extras), 2003||1992|
|1993||Spends 64 days in the hospital receiving chemotherapy treatment for Leukemia, quits drinking and smoking.
Begins practicing Transcendental Meditation. [9/19]
|Those Marvelous Lunches (Black Sparrow New Years Greeting)
Bukowski Photographs 1977-1991 [Jan]
Run With the Hunted (collection of previously published poems) [5/4]
Screams from the Balcony (letters) [11/15]
|Home recording/interview Audio releases: 1) Run with the Hunted, Cassette, 1998, 2) Charles Bukowski: Uncensored - from the Run With the Hunted Sessions, CD, 2000||1993|
|1994||Bukowski dies. [3/9]
Buried at Green Hills Memorial Park in Rancho Palos Verdes, near his home in San Pedro. [3/14]
|Between The Earthquake, The Volcano And The Leopard (Black Sparrow New Years Greeting)
|Writing until the very end, he uses a fax machine to send his "first fax poem" to John Martin. [2/18] Bukowski dies less than 3 weeks later.||1994|
|1995||Confessions Of A Coward (Black Sparrow New Years Greeting)
Shakespeare Never Did This Black Sparrow expanded version of previous City Lights publication [6/15]
Heat Wave [Oct]
Living On Luck (Letters) [11/15]
|1996||The Laughing Heart (Black Sparrow New Years Greeting)
Betting on the Muse [5/13] (The final "unadulterated" Bukowski poetry collection. Subsequent collections contain numerous changes to the work.)
|1997||A New War (Black Sparrow New Years Greeting)
* Bone Palace Ballet [3/25]
The Captain Is Out To Lunch And The Sailors Have Taken Over The Ship [3/23]
|1998||To Lean Back Into It (Black Sparrow New Years Greeting)||1998|
|1999||The Singer (Black Sparrow New Years Greeting)
Reach for the Sun (Letters) [June]
* What Matters Most is How Well You Walk Through the Fire [Sep]
|2000||Popcorn In The Dark (Black Sparrow New Years Greeting)
* Open All Night [Oct]
|2001||Pink Silks (Black Sparrow New Years Greeting)
Beerspit Night and Cursing (Letters) [May]
* The Night Torn Mad With Footsteps (Final Black Sparrow "Bukowski" poetry release) [Sep]
|2002||* Sifting Through The Madness For The Word, The Line, The Way (first release published by Ecco/HarperCollins) [12/24]||2002|
|2003||The Simple Truth (Black Sparrow New Years Greeting)
Bukowski (Photographs, Black Sparrow limited edition) Final Black Sparrow publication
* The Flash of Lightning Behind the Mountain [12/23]
|2004||Born Into This documentary feature released. [5/28]||2004|
|2005||Factotum film released in Europe (U.S. release in 2006).||* Slouching Toward Nirvana [1/18]||2005|
|2006||Linda donates Bukowski's papers to the Huntington Library in Los Angeles. [June]
Huntington Library event, "Celebrating Bukowski," to announce Linda's donation. [9/20]
The Bukowski Tapes gets wide release on DVD (then promptly goes out of print).
|* Come On In! [1/3]||2006|
|2007||* The People Look Like Flowers At Last [4/1]
* The Pleasures of the Damned (collection of previously published poems, includes a few uncollected works). [10/30]
|2008||Portions from a Wine-Stained Notebook [Sep]||2008|
|2009||* The Continual Condition [10/2]||2009|
|2010||Charles Bukowski's Scarlet by Pamela "Cupcakes" Wood. [May]
"Bukowski Aloud" event at the Huntington Library to mark the opening of the exhibition, "Charles Bukowski: Poet on the Edge." [10/27]
|Absence of the Hero [Apr]||2010|
|2011||More Notes of a Dirty Old Man [9/15]||2011|
|2012||Charles Bukowski by David Calonne [9/25]
Charles Bukowski Epic Glottis: His Art & His Women (& me) by Joan Jobe Smith [11/24]