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On Writing - by Charles Bukowski (Paperback)

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Number of Pages: 240

Genre: Literary Collections

Sub-Genre: Letters

Format: Paperback

Publisher: Ecco Press

Age Range: Adult

Author: Charles Bukowski

Language: English

Street Date: July 26, 2016
TCIN: 51135428
UPC: 9780062417404
Item Number (DPCI): 248-16-2922
Origin: Made in the USA or Imported

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About the Book



Charles Bukowski's stories, poems, and novels have left an enduring mark on our culture. In this collection of correspondence--letters to publishers, editors, friends, and fellow writers--the writer shares his insights on the art of creation.



Book Synopsis



Sharp and moving reflections and ruminations on the artistry and craft of writing from one of our most iconoclastic, riveting, and celebrated masters.

Charles Bukowski's stories, poems, and novels have left an enduring mark on our culture. In this collection of correspondence--letters to publishers, editors, friends, and fellow writers--the writer shares his insights on the art of creation.

On Writing reveals an artist brutally frank about the drudgery of work and canny and uncompromising about the absurdities of life--and of art. It illuminates the hard-edged, complex humanity of a true American legend and counterculture icon--the "laureate of American lowlife" (Time)--who stoically recorded society's downtrodden and depraved. It exposes an artist grounded in the visceral, whose work reverberates with his central ideal: "Don't try."

Piercing, poignant, and often hilarious, On Writing is filled not only with memorable lines but also with Bukowski's trademark toughness, leavened with moments of grace, pathos, and intimacy.



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Charles Bukowki's stories, poems, and novels have left an enduring mark on our culture. In this collection of previously unpublished material--letters to publishers, editors, friends, and fellow writers--Bukowski shares his insights on the art of creation.

On Writing reveals an artist brutally frank about the drudgery of work, and canny and uncompromising about the absurdities of life--and of art. It illuminates the hard-edged, complex humanity of a true American legend and countercultural icon--the "laureate of American lowlife" (Time)--who stoically recorded society's downtrodden and depraved. It exposes an artist grounded in the visceral, whose work reverberates with his central ideal: "Don't try."

Piercing, poignant, and often hilarious, On Writing is filled not only with memorable lines but also with Bukowski's trademark toughness, levened with moments of grace, pathos, and intimacy.



Review Quotes




"By turns, the poet's letters are humorous, boastful, self-deprecating, and angry at the world, but they are always entertaining. VERDICT: Bukowski fans will welcome this new collection tied to the celebration of what would have been his 95th birthday."--Library Journal

"The letters are a wild ride informed in equal parts by ego, alcoholism, misanthropy, erudition, and the genius, as Bukowski puts it, of one 'touched by the grace of the word."--Publishers Weekly

Always passionate, frequently funny, occasionally incoherent excerpts from a significant 20th-century American writer.--Kirkus Reviews
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