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Beginning in 1967, Bukowski wrote the column "Notes of A Dirty Old Man" for the underground newspaper "Open City". Perennially drunk, broke and in search of a woman, Bukowski takes on the guise of a wise fool as he ventures through America's seedy lowlife. Peopled by Kerouac, Burroughs and other much less salubrious characters, his exploits provoke humour and despair, whilst highlighting the inherent beauty and futility of life.

Notes of a Dirty Old Man 2008, Virgin Books, London

ISBN-13: 9780753513828

Mass-market paperback

Notes of a Dirty Old Man 2001, City Lights Books, San Francisco, CA

ISBN-13: 9780872860742

2nd edition

Trade paperback