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The Pleasures of the Damned: Selected Poems 1951-1993
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THE BEST OF THE BEST OF BUKOWSKI



The Pleasures of the Damned is a selection of the best poetry from America's most iconic and imitated poet, Charles Bukowski. Celebrating the full range of his extraordinary sensibility and uncompromising linguistic brilliance, these poems cover a lifetime of experience, from his renegade early work to never-before-collected poems penned during the final days before his death.



Selected by John Martin, Bukowski's long-time editor and the publisher of the legendary Black Sparrow Press, this stands as what Martin calls 'the best of the best of Bukowski'.



The Pleasures of the Damned is an astonishing poetic treasure trove, essential reading for both long-time fans and those just discovering this unique and important American voice.

Fiction & PoetryPoetryPoetry by individual poets Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd Publication Date: 14/01/2010 ISBN-13: 9781847675491  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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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 Andernach, Germany, 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 when he was thirty-five. Bukowski acknowledged influences including Anton Chekhov, James Thurber, Knut Hamsun, Louis-Ferdinand Celine, Ernest Hemingway, John Fante, D. H. Lawrence and e.e. cummings, though he achieved a distinctive sensibility and voice in his work that set him apart as one of the most iconic writers of the twentieth century. He died in San Pedro, California, on 9 March 1994, at age seventy-three, having published over forty-five books of poetry and prose.

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