Love Is a Dog from Hell: Poems, 1974-1977 [NOOK Book]

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First published in 1977, Love Is a Dog from Hell is a collection of Bukowski's poetry from the mid-seventies. A classic in the Bukowski canon, Love Is a Dog from Hell is a raw, lyrical, exploration of the exigencies, heartbreaks, and limits of love.

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Love Is a Dog from Hell: Poems, 1974-1977

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Overview

First published in 1977, Love Is a Dog from Hell is a collection of Bukowski's poetry from the mid-seventies. A classic in the Bukowski canon, Love Is a Dog from Hell is a raw, lyrical, exploration of the exigencies, heartbreaks, and limits of love.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061847011
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/17/2009
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 312
  • Sales rank: 132,527
  • File size: 398 KB

Meet the Author

Charles Bukowski

Charles Bukowsk is one of America's best-known contemporary writers of poetry and prose, and, many would claim, its most influential and imitated poet. He was born in 1920 in Andernach, Germany, to an American soldier father and a German mother, and brought to the United States at the age of three. He was raised in Los Angeles and lived there for fifty years. He published his first story in 1944 when he was twenty-four and began writing poetry at the age of thirty-five. He died in San Pedro, California, on March 9, 1994, at the age of seventy-three, shortly after completing his last novel, Pulp.

Biography

During the course of his long, prolific literary career, Charles Bukowski was known as a poet, novelist, short story writer, and journalist. But it is as a cult figure, an "honorary beat" who chronicled his notorious lifestyle in raw, unflinching poetry and prose, that he is best remembered. Born in the aftermath of World War I to a German mother and an American serviceman of German descent, he was brought to the U.S. at the age of three and raised in Los Angeles. By all accounts, his childhood was lonely and unhappy: His father beat him regularly, and he suffered from debilitating shyness and a severely disfiguring case of acne. By his own admission, he underwent a brief flirtation with the far right, associating as a teenager with Nazis and Nazi sympathizers. After high school, he attended Los Angeles City College for two years, studying art, literature, and journalism before dropping out.

Although two of his stories were published in small literary magazines while he was still in his early 20s, Bukowski became discouraged by his lack of immediate success and gave up writing for ten years. During this time he drifted around the country, working odd jobs; fraternizing with bums, hustlers, and whores; and drinking so excessively that he nearly died of a bleeding ulcer.

In the late 1950s, Bukowski returned to writing, churning out copious amounts of poetry and prose while supporting himself with mind-numbing clerical work in the post office. Encouraged and mentored by Black Sparrow Press publisher John Martin, he finally quit his job in 1969 to concentrate on writing full time. In 1985, he married his longtime girlfriend Linda Lee Beighle. Together they moved to San Pedro, California, where Bukowski began to live a saner, more stable existence. He continued writing until his death from leukemia in 1994, shortly after completing his last novel, Pulp.

Bukowski mined his notorious lifestyle for an oeuvre that was largely autobiographical. In literally thousands of poems, he celebrated the skid row drunks and derelicts of his misspent youth; and, between 1971 and 1989, he penned five novels (Post Office, Factotum, Women, Ham on Rye, and Hollywood) featuring Henry Chinaski, an alcoholic, womanizing, misanthrope he identified as his literary alter ego. (He also wrote the autobiographical screenplay for the 1987 film Barfly, starring Mickey Rourke and Faye Dunaway.) Yet, for all the shock value of his graphic language and violent, unlovely images, Bukowski's writing retains a startling lyricism. Today, years after his death, he remains one of the 20th century's most influential and widely imitated writers.

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    1. Date of Birth:
      August 16, 1920
    2. Place of Birth:
      Andernach, Germany
    1. Date of Death:
      March 9, 1994
    2. Place of Death:
      San Pedro, California
    1. Education:
      Los Angeles City College, 2 years

Read an Excerpt

Love is a Dog From Hell

Sandra

is the slim tall
ear-ringed
bedroom damsel
dressed in a long
gown



she's always high
in heels
spirit
pills
booze


Sandra leans out of
her chair
leans toward
Glendale


I wait for her head
to hit the closet
doorknob
as she attempts to
light
a new cigarette on an
almost burnt-out
one


at 32 she likes
young neat
unscratched boys
with faces like the bottoms
of new saucers


she has proclaimed as much
to me
has brought her prizes


over for me to view:
silent blonde zeros of young
flesh
who
a) sit
b) stand
c) talk at her command


sometimes she brings one
sometimes two
sometimes three
for me to
view


Sandra looks very good in
long gowns
Sandra could probably break
a man's heart


I hope she finds
one.


Love is a Dog From Hell. Copyright © by Charles Bukowski. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2005

    Another Bukowski Must-have!

    Charles Bukowski was such a talented writer, one of few true writers with the ability to compose words into beautiful lakes of refuge. His poems contained in this book are brutally honest; some of them are in a sense crude, but not without the beauty of a man who speaks his mind.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 27, 2010

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    The thought of this book is a smile

    Charles Bukowski is shocking! Sometimes your jaw drops and you can't help but think, my god! Is this a memory of his!? He didn't really do that did he!? And other poems will reach out and place the emptiness of his life directly inside you. When I am angry in my relationships I grab this book because I can relate to Bukowski on an odd level, in a way that both feels distance as much as understood. Sometimes I want to call my man really mean & nasty names in the way that I think he never held fear of, lol. The man was a great writer; I would have like to have met him despite the way he may have behaved towards me ;) This is a must have for any real poetry lover!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2005

    Ole Buk

    The best volume of the underground world of poetry. Whitman sympathized with the working man, but Bukowski was 'one of us.'

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    Posted August 26, 2012

    Love it.

    You can never go wrong with Bukowski!

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    Posted April 26, 2002

    RAW BUKOWSKI

    buy it, read it, love it.

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