Author(s): Charles Bukowski
"The Pleasures of the Damned" is a selection of the best works from Bukowski's long poetic career, including the last of his never-before-collected poems. Celebrating the full range of the poet's extraordinary and surprising sensibility, and his uncompromising linguistic brilliance, these poems cover a rich lifetime of experiences and speak to Bukowski's "immense intelligence, the caring heart that saw through the sham of our pretenses and had pity on our human condition" (New York Quarterly). "The Pleasures of the Damned" is an astonishing poetic treasure trove, essential reading for both longtime fans and those just discovering this unique and legendary American voice.
"This long and well-edited collection is likely to stand as the definitive volume of Bukowski's poems."--New York Times Book Review
Charles Bukowski is one of America's best-known contemporary writers of poetry and prose, and, many would claim, its most influential poet. He was born in Andernach, Germany, and brought to the United States at the age of three. During his lifetime he published over forty-five books of poetry and prose-many translated into more than a dozen languages. His worldwide popularity remains undiminished.