by Barry Miles
Charles Bukowski chronicled the seedy underside of the city in which he spent most of his life--Los Angeles. His heroes were the panhandlers and ... Show synopsis Charles Bukowski chronicled the seedy underside of the city in which he spent most of his life--Los Angeles. His heroes were the panhandlers and hustlers, the drunks and the hookers, his beat the racetracks and strip joints, and his inspiration a series of dead-end jobs in warehouses, offices, and factories. It was in the evenings that he would put on a classical record, open a beer, and begin to type. Brought up by a violent father, Bukowski suffered childhood beatings before developing horrific acne and withdrawing into a moody adolescence. Much of his young life epitomized the style of the Beat generation--riding Greyhound buses, bumming around, and drinking himself into a stupor. Yet his novels sold millions of copies worldwide in dozens of languages. In this definitive biography Barry Miles, celebrated author of "Jack Kerouac: King of the Beats," turns his attention to the exploits of this hard-drinking, belligerent wild man of literature. This is an essential addition to every Bukowski fan's collection.