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Guide to the Charles Bukowski Manuscript
MS-L016  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Charles Bukowski manuscript,
    Date (inclusive): circa 1980-circa 1994
    Collection number: MS-L016
    Creator: Bukowski, Charles
    Extent: 0.1 linear feet (1 oversize folder)
    Repository: University of California, Irvine. Library. Special Collections and Archives.
    Irvine, California 92623-9557
    Abstract: The collection comprises an unsigned, untitled, and undated handwritten manuscript of a prose piece composed by Charles Bukowski, noted American poet. The 8-page text consists of a monologue about life, the arts, friends, and many other matters, written in a free-form style--often without punctuation or page numbers--with the honesty and humor characteristic of Bukowski's other works.
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information

    Access

    Collection open for research.

    Publication Rights

    Property rights reside with the University of California. Literary rights are retained by the creators of the records and their heirs. For permissions to reproduce or to publish, please contact the Head of Special Collections and University Archives.

    Preferred Citation

    Charles Bukowski manuscript. MS-L16. Special Collections and Archives, The UC Irvine Libraries, Irvine, California. Date accessed.
    For the benefit of current and future researchers, please cite any additional information about sources consulted in this collection, including permanent URLs, item or folder descriptions, and box/folder locations.

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired, 1999.

    Processing Information

    Processed by Andre Ambrus, 2004.

    Biography

    Henry Charles Bukowski, renowned 20th century American poet, was born August 16, 1920 in Andernach, Germany. In 1923, his family left Germany for the United States settling in Los Angeles in 1924. Following his graduation from high school in 1939, Bukowski enrolled at Los Angeles City College but left Los Angeles after receiving failing grades and experiencing discouraging changes in his family life. He worked in physically demanding jobs before he decided to leave California to travel and experience life in other parts of the country. In 1946 he moved back to Los Angeles, where he found employment working for the postal service, first as a mail carrier and later as a mail sorter.
    Bukowski published his first book Flower, Fist and Bestial Wail in 1960. He gained national recognition after the publication of It Catches My Heart in Its Hands (1963) and Crucifix in a Deathhand (1965). In 1965, he met John Martin, founder of Black Sparrow Press, who long admired his work and became his life-long primary publisher. Bukowski published more than 45 books of poetry and prose including a number of novels and a screenplay. He died in 1994, in San Pedro, California.
    For further biographical information, see Howard Sounes, Charles Bukowski: Locked in the Arms of a Crazy Life. New York: Grove Press, 1998.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The collection comprises an unsigned, untitled, and undated handwritten manuscript of a prose piece composed by Charles Bukowski, noted American poet. The 8-page text consists of a monologue about life, the arts, friends, and many other matters, written in a free-form style--often without punctuation or page numbers--with the honesty and humor characteristic of Bukowski's other works

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.

    Subjects

    Bukowski, Charles -- Archives.

    Genres and Formats of Materials

    Holographs (autographs) -- 20th century.

    Titles

    Online Archive of California.