Saturday, April 17, 2010

The Huntington: Charles Bukowski: Poet on the Edge


Upcoming Exhibitions

Charles Bukowski: Poet on the Edge

hamonryeOct. 9, 2010–Feb. 14, 2011
Library, West Hall


Los Angeles writer Charles Bukowski (1920–1994) was one of the most original voices in 20th-century American literature. In his poetry and prose, Bukowski used experience, emotion, and imagination, along with violent and sexual imagery, to capture life at its most raw and elemental. With unflinching honesty, he spoke for the social outcasts—the drunks, prostitutes, addicts, lay-abouts, and petty criminals—as well as those who are simply worn down by life. The exhibition will include corrected typescripts of Bukowski’s poems and such novels as his autobiographical work, Ham on Rye (1982), and his screenplay Barfly, made into a film in 1987, starring Faye Dunaway and Mickey Rourke. There also will be early periodicals containing his poetry and rare special editions of his writings published by John Martin, proprietor of the Black Sparrow Press, as well as memorabilia and photographs of Bukowski. The exhibition will include items on loan from Linda Lee Bukowski as well as material from the Huntington’s Bukowski papers, donated by Mrs. Bukowski.
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