The Pleasures of the Damned

The Pleasures of the Damned : Selected Poems 1951-1993

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The Pleasures of the Damned is a selection of the best poetry from America's most iconic and imitated poet, Charles Bukowski. Celebrating the full range of his extraordinary sensibility and uncompromising linguistic brilliance, these poems cover a lifetime of experience, from his renegade early work to never-before-collected poems penned during the final days before his death.

Selected by John Martin, Bukowski's long-time editor and the publisher of the legendary Black Sparrow Press, this stands as what Martin calls 'the best of the best of Bukowski'.

The Pleasures of the Damned is an astonishing poetic treasure trove, essential reading for both long-time fans and those just discovering this unique and important American voice.
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  • Paperback | 528 pages
  • 153 x 234 x 37mm | 680g
  • Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Main
  • 9781847675491
  • 42,587

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He brought everybody down to earth, even the angels. LEONARD COHEN
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He brought everybody down to earth, even the angels. -- LEONARD COHEN Likely to stand as the definitive volume of Bukowski's poems. It is well edited by John Martin, the publisher of the estimable Black Sparrow Press, who was Bukowski's editor for most of his working life. * * New York Times Book Review * * The best poet in America. -- JEAN GENET A laureate of American low life. * * Time * * Bukowski wrote poetry as minimal as a bullet. He could be funny and heartbreaking in the same sentence. -- Colin Waters * * Sunday Herald * * This bulbous collection contains a frankly astonishing amount of poems - it's a paperback of such great dimensions that it could be wood-pannelled and used as a small bar. * * Dazed and Confused * * Extraordinary: unsentimental, vigorous and profound. * * Good Book Guide * *
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About Charles Bukowski

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 Andernach, Germany, 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 when he was thirty-five.

Bukowski acknowledged influences including Anton Chekhov, James Thurber, Knut Hamsun, Louis-Ferdinand Celine, Ernest Hemingway, John Fante, D. H. Lawrence and e.e. cummings, though he achieved a distinctive sensibility and voice in his work that set him apart as one of the most iconic writers of the twentieth century.

He died in San Pedro, California, on 9 March 1994, at age seventy-three, having published over forty-five books of poetry and prose.
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