BLGM's mission is to promote a love of books and reading to all by offering advice and information needed to help our visitors to find their next favorite book.

Best Bukowski Books: The Ultimate List

Below I’ll give you my selections for the best Bukowski books by a few categories. I will cover these and other great books more in depth later.

1. Ham on Rye: A Novel (2007)

Best Bukowski Books: The Ultimate ListIn what is widely hailed as the best of his many novels, Charles Bukowski details the long, lonely years of his own hardscrabble youth in the raw voice of alter ego Henry Chinaski. From a harrowingly cheerless childhood in Germany through acne-riddled high school years and his adolescent discoveries of alcohol, woman, and the Los Angeles Public Library’s collection of D.H. Lawrence, Ham on Rye offers a crude, brutal, and savagely funny portrait of an outcast’s coming-of-age during the desperate days of the Great Depression. #20,158 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #129 in Teen & Young Adult Classic Literature #115…
Author(s): Charles Bukowski

2. The Pleasures of the Damned: Poems, 1951-1993 (2008)

Best Bukowski Books: The Ultimate ListTo his legions of fans, Charles Bukowski was—and remains—the quintessential counterculture icon. A hard-drinking wild man of literature and a stubborn outsider to the poetry world, he wrote unflinchingly about booze, work, and women, in raw, street-tough poems whose truth has struck a chord with generations of readers. Edited by John Martin, the legendary publisher of Black Sparrow Press and a close friend of Bukowski’s, The Pleasures of the Damned is a selection of the best works from Bukowski’s long poetic career, including the last of his…
Author(s): Charles Bukowski

3. Essential Bukowski: Poetry (2018)

Best Bukowski Books: The Ultimate ListEdited by Abel Debritto, the definitive collection of poems from an influential writer whose transgressive legacy and raw, funny, and acutely observant writing has left an enduring mark on modern culture.Few writers have so brilliantly and poignantly conjured the desperation and absurdity of ordinary life as Charles Bukowski. Resonant with his powerful, perceptive voice, his visceral, hilarious, and transcendent poetry speaks to us as forcefully today as when it was written. Encompassing a wide range of subjects—from love to death and sex to writing—Bukowski’s unvarnished and self-deprecating verse illuminates the deepest…
Author(s): Charles Bukowski

4. Notes of a Dirty Old Man (2001)

Best Bukowski Books: The Ultimate ListA compilation of Charles Bukowski’s underground articles from his column “Notes of a Dirty Old Man” appears here in book form. Bukowski’s reasoning for self-describing himself as a ‘dirty old man’ rings true in this book.”People come to my door—too many of them really—and knock to tell me Notes of a Dirty Old Man turns them on. A bum off the road brings in a gypsy and his wife and we talk . . . . drink half the night. A long distance operator from Newburgh, N.Y. sends me money. She wants me to give up drinking beer and to eat well. I hear from a…
Author(s): Charles Bukowski

5. What Matters Most is How Well You Walk Through the Fire (2002)

Best Bukowski Books: The Ultimate ListThis second posthumous collection from Charles Bukowski takes readers deep into the raw, wild vein of writing that extends from the early 70s to the 1990s. #42,710 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #135 in Dark Humor #226 in American Poetry (Books) #89 in European Poetry (Books) Would you like to ?If you are a seller for this product, would you like to ?…
Author(s): Charles Bukowski

6. Pulp (2002)

Best Bukowski Books: The Ultimate ListOpening with the exotic Lady Death entering the gumshoe-writer’s seedy office in pursuit of a writer named Celine, this novel demonstrates Bukowski’s own brand of humour and realism, opening up a landscape of seamy Los Angeles. #161,285 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #392 in Dark Humor #1200 in Classic American Literature #1476 in Hard-Boiled Mystery Would you like to ?If you are a seller for this product, would you like to ?…
Author(s): Charles Bukowski

7. Burning in Water, Drowning in Flame (2002)

Best Bukowski Books: The Ultimate ListBurning in Water, Drowning in Flame is poetry full of gambling, drinking and women. Charles Bukowski writes realistically about the seedy underbelly of life. #162,061 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #827 in American Poetry (Books) Would you like to ?If you are a seller for this product, would you like to ?…
Author(s): Charles Bukowski

8. Hollywood (Canons) (2019)

Best Bukowski Books: The Ultimate List‘What will you do?’ ‘Oh, hell, I’ll write a novel about writing the screenplay and making the movie.’ ‘What are you going to call it?’ ‘Hollywood.’ Henry Chinaski has a penchant for booze, women and horse-racing. On his precarious journey from poet to screenwriter he encounters a host of well-known stars and lays bare the absurdity and egotism of the film industry. Poetic, sharp and dangerous, Hollywood – Bukowski’s fictionalisation of his experiences making the film Barfly – explores the many dark shadows to be found in the neon-soaked glare of Hollywood’s limelight. #429,629 in Books (See Top 100…
Author(s): Charles Bukowski

9. On Cats (2017)

Best Bukowski Books: The Ultimate List“Acclaimed writer Charles Bukowski turns his signature eye on the world of felines. A series of essays and poems all about cats, Bukowski’s classic funny and frank tone becomes, at times, even endearing as he explores and honors the majestic creatures and our relationship with them.” —BustleFelines touched a vulnerable spot in the unfathomable soul of Charles Bukowski, the Dirty Old Man of American letters. For the writer, there was something elemental about these inscrutable creatures, whose searing gaze could penetrate deep…
Author(s): Charles Bukowski

10. Tales of Ordinary Madness (2001)

Best Bukowski Books: The Ultimate ListWith Bukowski, the votes are still coming in. There seems to be no middle ground—people seem either to love him or hate him. Tales of his own life and doings are as wild and weird as the very stories he writes. In a sense, Bukowski was a legend in his time . . . a madman, a recluse, a lover . . . tender, vicious . . . never the same . . . these are exceptional stories that come pounding out of his violent and depraved life . . . horrible and holy, you cannot read them and ever come away the same again.Bukowski . . . “a professional disturber of the peace . . . laureate of Los…
Author(s): Charles Bukowski, Gail Chiarrello

Best Bukowski Books: The Ultimate List

We highly recommend you to buy all paper or e-books in a legal way, for example, on Amazon. But sometimes it might be a need to dig deeper beyond the shiny book cover. Before making a purchase, you can visit resources like Genesis and download some bukowski books mentioned below at your own risk. Once again, we do not host any illegal or copyrighted files, but simply give our visitors a choice and hope they will make a wise decision.

Reliable, Secure and Resilient Logistics Networks: Delivering Products in a Risky Environment

Author(s): Lech Bukowski
Publisher: Springer International Publishing, Year: 2019, Size: 5 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2309603

Coping with Lack of Control in a Social World

Author(s): Marcin Bukowski; Immo Fritsche; Ana Guinote
Publisher: Routledge, Year: 2016, Size: 2 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2387947

Renal Cell Carcinoma: Molecular Targets and Clinical Applications

Author(s): Ronald M. Bukowski, Robert A. Figlin, Robert J. Motzer (eds.)
Publisher: Springer-Verlag New York, Year: 2015, Size: 7 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 1312371

On Writing

Author(s): Charles Bukowski
Publisher: Canongate, Year: 2015, Size: 2 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 1399520

Bodyweight Training: 20 Bodyweight Exercises To Gain Muscle and Strength

Author(s): Bukowski, Jonathan
Publisher: , Year: 2015, Size: 695 Kb, Download: epub
ID: 2071181

Living On Luck

Author(s): Charles Bukowski
Publisher: HarperCollins e-Books, Year: 2014, Size: 443 Kb, Download: epub
ID: 2415928

Charles Bukowski, King of the Underground: From Obscurity to Literary Icon

Author(s): Abel Debritto
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan US, Year: 2013, Size: 2 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 1583675

More Notes of a Dirty Old Man: The Uncollected Columns

Author(s): Charles Bukowski, David Stephen Calonne
Publisher: City Lights Books, Year: 2011, Size: 476 Kb, Download: mobi
ID: 815703

Please note that this booklist is not absolute. Some books are really record-breakers according to USA Today, others are drafted by unknown writers. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant links you could recommend? Leave a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

Affiliate Disclaimer: We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.
Leave a Reply