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Huntington Library’s Exhibit on Charles Bukowski opens Oct. 9

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The Huntington Library will open a major exhibition on California poet Charles Bukowski on Oct. 9.  The show. “Charles Bukowski: Poet on the Edge” will run until Feb. 14, 2011.  For information, click here to connect to the libary’s website for the exhibition.

From the Huntington’s website:

One of the most original voices in 20th-century American literature, Charles Bukowski (1920-1994) lived and wrote at the edge of society. With unflinching honesty and strong language, his poems and tales speak of life on the streets of Los Angeles among the prostitutes, drunks, gamblers, and outcasts  struggling to survive in an unforgiving world.  In telling these stories, Bukowski wrote without artifice in simple, natural language, repudiating the formal conventions of the literary establishment. He strove to keep his writing “raw, easy, and simple,” to grasp the “hard, clean line that says it.”

This fall, The Huntington presents a much-anticipated exhibition on the life and works of Charles Bukowski, drawn from the archive of his papers donated to The Huntington by his wife, Linda Lee Bukowski, in 2006. “Charles Bukowski: Poet on the Edge” opens Oct. 9 in the West Hall of the Library and continues through Feb. 14, 2011.


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