Run With The Hunted: A Charles Bukowski Reader [NOOK Book]

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The best of Bukowski's novels, stories, and poems, this collection reads like an autobiography, relating the extraordinary story of his life and offering a sometimes harrowing, invariably exhilarating reading experience. A must for this counterculture idol's legion of fans.

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Run With The Hunted: A Charles Bukowski Reader

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Overview

The best of Bukowski's novels, stories, and poems, this collection reads like an autobiography, relating the extraordinary story of his life and offering a sometimes harrowing, invariably exhilarating reading experience. A must for this counterculture idol's legion of fans.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062272294
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 12/26/2012
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 512
  • Sales rank: 135,104
  • File size: 613 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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2001

    Can't beat old Buk

    Beware literature buffs THIS IS NOT YOUR AUTHOR!!! This is a great first book to get yourself hooked by the blatant realism of Charles Bukowski. Disguised as Henry Chinaski, Buk takes us from his early days smoking cigarettes in grade school to his later and more wild years on the bar circuit, at the horse track, and living in various flop houses. His stories will prove absolutely revolting to the newcomer, but hold on, because old Henry is a master of observation. The language and flowing beauty that composes his poetry makes you wonder how exactly he ended up in such raw situations. He must have firmly believed that if you want the sweetest juice, you've got to squeeze the fruit as tight as you can. And squeeze it he does. Once he starts drinking that juice, look out. His drunken escapades are a force to be reckoned with. This book is not for the faint hearted. It's for someone who is comfortable with life's billions of possibilities and wants to get a few good laughs too. But proceed with caution! If you think you're a fan, you'll probably end up buying all of his books. Bukowski was a master of words and imagery. His poetry will leave you laughing, crying and maybe a little enlightened too. His short stories will give you a hint on which horse to play this weekend, and how NOT to treat the person you're in love with. I truly recommend that every serious reader / writer at least get a little piece of what this funny old man left us. He makes life seem a bit more comforting to the man who finds solace in a cold beer, a warm steak, and the thunderous gallop of a thoroughbred as he races across the finish line....

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2013

    Snapshots From A Master

    Bukowski may be the bwst American writer most people have never read. No high school teacher would dare give a Bukowski book to a classroom of teenagers, except on the day of retirement.

    His 20 novels, dozens of short stories, and hundreds of poems were written about his life and the people he knew. Bukowski was a heavy boozer, a womanizer, and the guy you avoid at the corner bar. He abused the women in his life and women lined up for his attention. He writes honestly about being a really rotten person, and makes his rotteness interesting.

    This book takes a page or two from a novel, jumps to a short story and then to a poem. The result is a scrapbook from his writing and his life. Theresult is piwerful proof that great writers are often from from being great human beings.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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