1920 – Born on August 16th in Andernach, Germany. American author noted for his use of violent images and graphic language in poetry and fiction that depict survival in a corrupt, blighted society.
1939-1941 – Bukowski lived most of his life in Los Angeles. He briefly attended Los Angeles City College and worked at menial jobs while writing short stories, the first of which were published in the mid-1940s.
1955-1959 – He began publishing poetry. Beginning with Flower, Fist and Bestial Wail, volumes of his poetry appeared almost annually.
1963 – He published It Catches My Heart in Its Hands—a collection of poetry about alcoholics, prostitutes, losing gamblers, and down-and-out people—Bukowski had a loyal following.
1969-1984 – Collections of his stories include Notes of a Dirty Old Man, taken from his underground newspaper column of that name, and Erections, Ejaculations, Exhibitions, and General Tales of Ordinary Madness. His later works include the novels Post Office and Factotum and the screenplay (published) for the motion picture Barfly, a semiautobiographical comedy about alcoholic lovers on skid row.
1989 – The filming of Barfly was the subject of his novel Hollywood.
1994 – The novel Pulp was published posthumously.
– Died on March 9th in San Pedro, California.