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 a German–American poet, novelist, and short story writer. His writing was influenced by the social, cultural, and economic ambience of his home city of Los Angeles. His 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 5,888,132 page views. His biography is available in 67 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 65 in 2019). Charles Bukowski is the 92nd most popular writer, the 60th most popular biography from Germany (down from 58th in 2019) and the 7th 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 92 out of 5,794Before him are Octave Mirbeau, Robert Frost, George Bernard Shaw, François Rabelais, Astrid Lindgren, and Toni Morrison. After him are Heinrich Heine, Cato the Elder, José Saramago, Theodor Herzl, Mary Shelley, and Stephen King.

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

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In Germany

Among people born in Germany, Charles Bukowski ranks 60 out of 5,289Before him are William I, German Emperor (1797), Georg Ohm (1789), Alexander von Humboldt (1769), Eva Braun (1912), Heinrich Hertz (1857), and Frederick the Great (1712). After him are Heinrich Heine (1797), William the Silent (1533), Jacques Offenbach (1819), Johann Gottlieb Fichte (1762), Christoph Willibald Gluck (1714), and Karl Lagerfeld (1933).

Among WRITERS In Germany

Among writers born in Germany, Charles Bukowski ranks 7Before him are Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749), Anne Frank (1929), Thomas Mann (1875), Hermann Hesse (1877), Friedrich Schiller (1759), and Bertolt Brecht (1898). After him are Heinrich Heine (1797), Erich Maria Remarque (1898), Heinrich Böll (1917), Novalis (1772), Gotthold Ephraim Lessing (1729), and Jacob Grimm (1785).