Charles Bukowski, Poet on the Edge
by The Huntington
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The Huntington’s literary manuscripts curator, Sara S. “Sue” Hodson, discusses the unordinary life of one of the most original voices in 20th-century American literature. Charles Bukowski’s raw, easy, and simple style challenged the literary and cultural establishment, forging a deep bond with his readers and his subjects – prostitutes, drunks, gamblers, and others struggling to survive in an unforgiving world – often living on the edges of society.
||An Introduction to the “Simple” Man||A brief overview of Charles Bukowski, his ordinary subjects, and a relative audience.||11/12/2010||Free||View In iTunes|
||Bukowski at The Huntington||Linda Lee, Bukowski’s widow, found a home for her husband’s papers at The Huntington, a place she often frequented while he attended horse races.||11/12/2010||Free||View In iTunes|
||Influence After Death||Bukowski continues to stimulate his readers even after his death with novel “Pulp” and his abstract artwork featured in “Heat Wave.”||11/12/2010||Free||View In iTunes|
||“He was a Rockstar”||On Bukowski’s popularity abroad, especially Germany, that lead to his iconic status in the world of literature.||11/12/2010||Free||View In iTunes|
||Keeping his Edge with Success||From cult figure to successful author, Bukowski worried he would lose his edge.||11/12/2010||Free||View In iTunes|
||John Martin and Black Sparrow Press||On the influence of John Martin, his exquisite Black Sparrow Press, and Bukowski’s representational and abstract artwork.||11/12/2010||Free||View In iTunes|
||Early Periodicals||The itinerant worker of odd jobs, Bukowski waged a constant, largely unsuccessful battle to establish himself as a writer.||11/12/2010||Free||View In iTunes|
||"Ham On Rye"||Bukowski’s autobiographical novel, Ham on Rye, portrays his abusive childhood, one that was extremely difficult for him to write.||11/12/2010||Free||View In iTunes|
||The Typer||On the importance of the typewriter and Bukowski’s transition to writing using a computer.||11/12/2010||Free||View In iTunes|