Charles Bukowski: Locked in the Arms of a Crazy Life

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Charles Bukowski, who died in 1994, became legendary for his semi-autobiographical books about low-life America. Classic novels like "Post Office" and "Women" made this one-time bum and alcoholic rich and famous. This is a biography of Bukowski, whose life was depicted in the film "Barfly".

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Charles Bukowski--onetime bum, long-term alcoholic, and author of such now-classic novels as Post Office, Factotum, and Women--rose from obscurity to become world famous. His semi-autobiographical books about low-life America made him a cult figure and culminated in the making of Barfly, a Hollywood film based on his life. In this, the first major biography of Bukowski, Howard Sounes has drawn on years of exhaustive research-including new interviews with virtually all of Bukowski's friends, his family, and his many lovers, as well as unprecedented access to his private letters and unpublished writing-to reveal the extraordinary true story of the Dirty Old Man of American literature.

Illustrated with over sixty never-before-published photographs, Charles Bukowski: Locked in the Arms of a Crazy Life also includes original drawings by Bukowski and unique contributions by friends, including Norman Mailer, Allen Ginsberg, Sean Penn, Mickey Rourke, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, R. Crumb, and Harry Dean Stanton. Interspersed with telling excerpts from Bukowski's poetry and prose, including work that has never been published, Charles Bukowski: Locked in the Arms of a Crazy Life is a must for Bukowski devotees and new readers alike.

"Bukowski is one of those writers people remember more for the legend than for the work...but, as Howard Sounes shows in this exhaustively researched biography, it wasn't the whole story."--Los Angeles Times

"Engaging...adroit...revealing."--The New York Times Book Review

"Howard Sounes does an admirable job of re-creating Bukowski's journey through the underground passages of the American literary landscape."--Sarasota Herald-Tribune

"A must-read for anybody who is a fan of Bukowski's writing, Howard Sounes successfully conjures up the voice of this outrageous character and offers clear-eyed insight into his extraordinary life."--The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

"Excellent.... A fast-paced narrative and a great read."--Minneapolis City Pages

"Howard Sounes writes with wit and compassion about this irascible wild man of American letters."--Judith Wynn, Boston Herald

"Charles Bukowski: Locked in the Arms of a Crazy Life is a generous tribute to Bukowski's genius and it clearly and truthfully captures the essence of Bukowski both as writer and man."--John Martin, Black Sparrow Press (Bukowski's editor)

"With no shortage of anecdotes, pictures or big names, this [biography] is so thorough and sharp that it may as well be the last."--Graham Caveney, Arena

"A remarkable account of the poet laureate of Skid Row's bedeviled sojourn on planet Earth."--Iain S. Bruce, The Glasgow Herald

"This is the first in-depth biography of Bukowski and succeeds by pulling into focus the hazy image of the apocryphal barfly anti-hero...a picaresque read."--Nick Wyke, The Times (London)

"Wonderful...the first such serious and thorough Bukowski biography.... An excellent book about a remarkable man."--Ross Fortune, Time Out

"A fine storyteller, descriptive and visual, Sounes sticks with the stuff that made Bukowski a legend."--Tulsa Kinney, LA Weekly

"A lively portrait of American literature's 'Dirty Old Man.'"--William Gargan, Library Journal

"The man who emerges from Sounes's work is one who shamelessly pursued his needs for beer, women and recognition--a man capable of tenderness, who always paid child support for his daughter and who resisted the seductions of belated, relished fame. This biography is an affectionate and thorough introduction that will not be rivaled for quite some time. Its effect is to revitalize rather than reduce Bukowski's work: poems and stories that help keep people alive."--Guy Mannes-Abbott, The Independent

Howard Sounes was born in England in 1965 and currently lives in London. He has worked as a newspaper journalist in Britain and abroad and is currently at work on a biography of Bob Dylan.

About the Author:

Howard Sounes is known for writing detailed and revelatory biographies of a wide range of extraordinary personalities, including the murderers Fred and Rosemary West (Fred & Rose), the writer Charles Bukowski (Locked in the Arms of a Crazy Life), and the musicians Bob Dylan (Down the Highway) and Lou Reed (Notes from the Velvet Underground). Each book is based on extensive original research. For more information, visit www.howardsounes.com

Howard Sounes is known for writing detailed and revelatory biographies of a wide range of extraordinary personalities, including the murderers Fred and Rosemary West (Fred & Rose), the writer Charles Bukowski (Locked in the Arms of a Crazy Life), and the musicians Bob Dylan (Down the Highway) and Lou Reed (Notes from the Velvet Underground). Each book is based on extensive original research. For more information, visit www.howardsounes.com

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Verlag: Canongate Books Jan 2010 (2010)
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Buchbeschreibung Canongate Books Jan 2010, 2010. Taschenbuch. Buchzustand: Neu. Neuware - Locked in the Arms of a Crazy Life is the classic biography of Charles Bukowski, the hard-drinking barfly whose semi-autobiographical books about low-life America made him a cult figure across the globe. Extensive original research and unique contributions from friends, family and associates - including Mickey Rourke, Robert Crumb, Sean Penn, Norman Mailer and Allen Ginsberg - as well as personal photographs and drawings by Buk himself make this a must for Bukowski devotees and new readers alike. 320 pp. Englisch. Artikel-Nr. 9781847675606

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