Charles Bukowski (Great Writers) by Michael Gray Baughan

By Michael Gray Baughan

The nice Writers sequence explores the lives of a few of the main mentioned literary figures of the prior half-century. a favourite of scholars for his poetry of uncooked angst and uprising, Bukowski revolutionised modern literature together with his anti- institution method. a while 14+.

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CHAPTER TH R E E Outsider of the Year ... [P]eople keep sending me poems and novels to read and collections of poesy—I mean people I have never written to or heard of—and all the stuff is bad, bad, bad. I wonder if you realize how much bad stuff is written in all earnestness? and they’ll keep right on with it. thinking that they are undiscovered genius.... —Charles Bukowski, Screams from the Balcony, 213 signaled a new beginning for Bukowski. Divorced from Barbara, with both parents dead, he was freed from the pressure to fulfill anyone’s expectations of maintaining the status quo.

Hank was immediately attracted to her tragic bearing and slightly faded good looks. That his come-ons were met with a hard-edged indifference and a weary fatalism only increased his interest, and it did not hurt that she was every bit the boozer he was and willing to sleep with him the night they met. Ten years his senior, Jane was already well on her way to alcoholic oblivion by the time she met Charles Bukowski. Traumatized by the early demise of her father, impregnated and married just out of high school (in that order), widowed by the drunk-driving death of a man who may or may not have divorced her just before he died, and too drunk and despondent to care for her two children, Jane Baker put to shame any claims Bukowski made to having lived a hard life.

FrancEyE didn’t tell him at first, while she considered an abortion, but in the end she decided to have the baby with or without him. Bukowski took the news as best as could be expected and even proposed marriage, but FrancEyE declined, having long before soured on the institution. Instead, they moved into a bungalow together on De Longpre Ave, in East Hollywood. Despite the dinginess of his old apartment, and the terrible neighbors, Bukowski had fond feelings for the place and all the writing he had done there, as evidenced by a letter to the Webbs, written May 1, 1964, in which he says “Old 1623 is gone and it was a magic number and magic place” before launching into a tirade about the nitpicking landlords (Screams, 107).

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