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 raised in Los Angeles, where he lived 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 (1994).