Charles Bukowski 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.
Charles Bukowski, geb. am 16. August 1920 in Andernach, lebte seit seinem zweiten Lebensjahr in Los Angeles. Nach Jobs als Tankwart, Schlachthof- und Hafenarbeiter begann er zu schreiben und veröffentlichte weit über 40 Prosa- und Lyrikbände. Charles Bukowski starb am 9. März 1994 in San Pedro/L.A.