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BiographyCharles Bukowski, who died in 1994, was the legendary Californian writer who became famous for his semi-autobiographical books about low-life America. Novels such as Factotum and Post Office made this one-time bum, and lifelong alcoholic, rich and famous, and culminated in the making of Barfly, a major Hollywood movie based on his life starring Mickey Rourke and Faye Dunaway.
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A raw and tenderly funny look at the relationship between cats and humans from one of the world's most treasured and transgressive writers – read an extract
Charles Bukowski On Cats – read an extract
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Bukowski On Love - extract
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On Cats by Charles Bukowski – read an extract
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On Writing by Charles Bukowski – read an extract
Read an extract from 'On Love' by Charles Bukowski. Alternating between the tough and the tender, the romantic and the gritty, Bukowski exposes the myriad faces of love in the...
On Love by Charles Bukowski – read an extract