Charles Bukowski (1920-1994)

Death: 9th March 1994.
Location: Green Hills Memorial Park, Rancho Palos Verdes, California, United States
Cause of death: Cancer - Leukaemia
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American poet and author, whose work was influenced by the dark side of life in Los Angeles. He was born in Germany to a German mother and American serviceman father and the family moved to the US when Bukowski was two years old.
Bukowski studied literature, journalism and art at college and had his first short story published in a magazine when he was twenty-four, but he stopped writing for nearly ten years after he became critical of the publication process.
During this period travelled around the US and undertook a series of temporary jobs, including one with the US Postal Service. In the mid 50’s he nearly died due to a bleeding ulcer and he also entered into an unsuccessful marriage with the poet Barbara Frye. After they divorced he spent his time drinking and writing poetry, and he also returned to work for the post office, where he remained as a clerk for over ten years. In 1965 he had a daughter with Frances Smith, although they never married.
In 1969 he quit his job to write full time. His first novel was called Post Office. In 1976 he met Linda Lee Beighle, but they did not marry until 1985. 
In the 1980’s he wrote the screenplay for the film Barfly, which was based on his own life, and was released in 1987 staring Mickey Rourke. He was an extremely prolific author and as well as writing six novels he wrote thousands of poems and short stories.
His gravestone reads: "Don't Try", a phrase where Bukowski uses in one of his poems, advising aspiring writers and poets about inspiration and creativity.

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