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Charles Bukowski

1920 - 1994

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Henry Charles Bukowski ( boo-KOW-skee; born Heinrich Karl Bukowski, German: [ˈhaɪnʁɪç ˈkaʁl buˈkɔfski]; August 16, 1920 – March 9, 1994) was an American poet, novelist, and short story writer. His writing was influenced by the social, cultural, and economic ambience of his adopted home city of Los Angeles. Bukowski's work addresses the ordinary lives of poor Americans, the act of writing, alcohol, relationships with women, and the drudgery of work. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Charles Bukowski has received more than 8,377,342 page views. His biography is available in 70 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 67 in 2019). Charles Bukowski is the 102nd most popular writer (down from 92nd in 2019), the 82nd most popular biography from Germany (down from 60th in 2019) and the 8th most popular German Writer.

Charles Bukowski is most famous for his autobiographical novels and poetry about the life of a low-income, working-class man.

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Among writers, Charles Bukowski ranks 102 out of 5,755Before him are Rainer Maria Rilke, Ismail I, José Saramago, Theodor Herzl, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, and André Gide. After him are Erich Maria Remarque, Nicolas Flamel, Cato the Elder, Anatole France, Boris Pasternak, and Du Fu.

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Among people born in 1920, Charles Bukowski ranks 4Before him are Pope John Paul II, Federico Fellini, and Isaac Asimov. After him are Yul Brynner, Frank Herbert, Toshiro Mifune, Rosalind Franklin, Ray Bradbury, Farouk of Egypt, Javier Pérez de Cuéllar, and Mario Puzo. Among people deceased in 1994, Charles Bukowski ranks 5Before him are Kim Il-sung, Karl Popper, Richard Nixon, and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. After him are Erik Erikson, Erich Honecker, Elias Canetti, Eugène Ionesco, Linus Pauling, Ayrton Senna, and Burt Lancaster.

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In Germany

Among people born in Germany, Charles Bukowski ranks 82 out of 6,142Before him are Christoph Willibald Gluck (1714), Richard Strauss (1864), Heinz Guderian (1888), Heinrich Schliemann (1822), Arminius (-17), and Charles the Bald (823). After him are Erich Maria Remarque (1898), William the Silent (1533), Peter III of Russia (1728), Joachim von Ribbentrop (1893), Albertus Magnus (1206), and Albert Speer (1905).

Among WRITERS In Germany

Among writers born in Germany, Charles Bukowski ranks 8Before him are Anne Frank (1929), Hermann Hesse (1877), Friedrich Schiller (1759), Bertolt Brecht (1898), Thomas Mann (1875), and Heinrich Heine (1797). After him are Erich Maria Remarque (1898), Heinrich Böll (1917), Novalis (1772), Friedrich Hölderlin (1770), Nelly Sachs (1891), and Jacob Grimm (1785).