Charles Bukowski, American Author

His life, work and influence on modern literature

Author Charles Bukowski was a prolific 20th century poet, short story writer and novelist. His work has been published in more than 100 books and 1,200 magazines. Bukowski spent most of his life in Los Angeles, and the city and its marginalized inhabitants figure prominently in his work.

Here at, the most comprehensive Bukowski resource available anywhere, you can access 1,500 poem and letter manuscripts and search our massive publications database to find extensive details about poems, stories, books and recordings. The database is the result of decades of research by a wide range of experts, and is continuously updated.

If you're looking for something to read, take a look at our Checklist of every Bukowski book, and browse a selection of Bukowski poems, stories and interviews. You can also read the entire FBI file that was compiled on Bukowski, along with an illustrated timeline of his life and times, hundreds of examples of art that he made, photos, even an interactive map showing where he lived and worked.

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Bukowski died on March 9, 1994, but his influence on modern poetry continues to be felt, despite his epitaph: Don't try.

The Bukowski database currently contains:

  • 5213 works (4596 unique works, 617 alternate titles or versions)
  • 5130 works in 131 books
  • 2555 works in 1188 magazines
  • 57 broadsides
  • 1666 manuscripts
  • 42 releases of 21 different recording sessions or readings
  • 268 links to audio recordings
  • 698 links to scans of unpublished or uncollected work, first magazine appearances and original texts in the forum