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On Writing

On Writing

The never-before-published letters of Charles Bukowski on the art of writing

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ISBN 9781782117247
Barcode 9781782117247
Published 24 August 2016 by Canongate Books Ltd
Format Paperback, Main
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Author(s) By Bukowski, Charles
Edited by Debritto, Abel
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ISBN-13 9781782117247
ISBN-10 1782117245
Stock Available
Status In stock at publisher; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Canongate Books Ltd
Imprint Canongate Books Ltd
Publication Date 24 August 2016
International Publication Date 4 August 2016
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Paperback, Main
Edition Main
Author(s) By Bukowski, Charles
Edited by Debritto, Abel
Category Collections & Anthologies Of Various Literary Forms
Essays, Journals, Letters & Other Prose Works
Number of Pages 224
Dimensions Width: 129mm
Height: 198mm
Spine: 14mm
Weight 154g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Authors, American - Correspondence - 20th century, Publishers and publishing - Correspondence - United States
NBS Text Anthologies, Essays, Letters & Miscellaneous
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 814.54
Catalogue Code Not specified

Description of this Book

'If a man truly desires to write, then he will. Rejection and ridicule will only strengthen him ...There is no losing in writing, it will make your toes laugh as you sleep, it will make you stride like a tiger, it will fire the eye and put you face to face with death. You will die a fighter, you will be honored in hell. The luck of the word. Go with it, send it.' Charles Bukowski was one of our most iconoclastic, raw and riveting writers, one whose stories, poems and novels have left an enduring mark on our culture. On Writing collects Bukowski's reflections and ruminations on the craft he dedicated his life to. Piercing, unsentimental and often hilarious, On Writing is filled not only with memorable lines but also with the author's trademark toughness, leavened with moments of grace, pathos and intimacy. In the previously unpublished letters to editors, friends and fellow writers collected here, Bukowski is brutally frank about the drudgery of work and uncompromising when it comes to the absurdities of life and of art.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review A laureate of American low life * Time * He brought everybody down to earth, even the angels -- Leonard Cohen The best poet in America -- Jean Genet Reflective, humane, tremendously evocative and absorbingly readable * The Times * The thing about Bukowski is, when you read what he has to say, he's right -- Sean Penn
UK Review Bertrams Star Rating: 3 stars (out of 5)

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Author's Bio

Charles Bukowski is one of America's best-known contemporary writers of poetry and prose, and, many would claim, its most influential and imitated poet. He was born in 1920 in Andernach, Germany, to an American soldier father and a German mother, and brought to the United States at the age of three. He was raised in Los Angeles and lived there for fifty years. He published his first story in 1944 when he was twenty-four and began writing poetry at the age of thirty-five. He died in San Pedro, California, on March 9, 1994, at the age of seventy-three, shortly after completing his last novel, Pulp.

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