Charles Bukowski, American Author

His life, work and continuing influence on modern literature

Charles Bukowski was an American author, prolific poet, short story writer and novelist. He was born on August 16, 1920, and died on March 9, 1994.

You have found the world's premiere Charles Bukowski website and discussion forum. The only place where you can see more than 1,400 poem and letter manuscripts or search our exclusive database for a poem or story.

Looking for something to read? No doubt you've heard of Bukowski's novel Women, and probably Post Office. But you have some catching up to do. Read Ham on Rye, Factotum and Hollywood, then dive in to the short story collections like South of No North and Hot Water Music. If you still haven't had enough, start reading the poetry. If you need a handy reference, look at the Checklist of every Bukowski book.

As long as you're here you may as well check out all of the other things that make this site one of a kind. We already mentioned the comprehensive, searchable poem and short story database. But it's worth mentioning again, because it is the result of years of research, and the only one of its kind in the world. You can also read the entire FBI file that was compiled on Bukowski, along with an incredible illustrated timeline of his life and times, dozens of examples of art that he made, photos, even a map showing where he lived and worked so you can go bother the people who live there now.

Maybe best of all, if you have questions about anything Bukowski-related, just ask them in the forum and you are guaranteed to get an answer. You don't even need to register - you can log in with your Google+, Twitter or Facebook login.

It's ripe for exploring, this site, and if you want to know anything at all about Bukowski, this is the best place to find it. Your questions will be answered, your fears allayed. You will be made to feel normal, even though all indications are that you are not normal at all. Why else would you be here?

And remember: Don't try.

The Bukowski database currently contains:

  • 5153 works (4557 unique works, 596 alternate titles or versions)
  • 5075 works in 130 books
  • 2552 works in 1187 magazines
  • 55 broadsides
  • 1471 manuscripts
  • 42 releases of 21 different recording sessions or readings
  • 268 links to audio recordings
  • 659 links to scans of unpublished or uncollected work, first magazine appearances and original texts in the forum