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By Michael Gray Baughan

The nice Writers sequence explores the lives of a few of the main noted literary figures of the prior half-century. a favourite of scholars for his poetry of uncooked angst and uprising, Bukowski revolutionised modern literature along with his anti- institution method. a while 14+.

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A grammar school teacher in early adulthood who went on to become a police reporter for the Cleveland Plain Dealer and other large newspapers, Webb also wrote short fiction and developed acquaintances with some major literary figures, like Hemingway and Sherwood Anderson. In 1930, Webb’s life took a strange turn when he was arrested for the armed robbery of a jewelry store and sent to a reformatory for three years. While inside, he produced a prison newspaper and learned the basics of typesetting.

On the contrary, he was ecstatic. He was now beholden to no one, blessedly free to do as he pleased. Still, he performed his duties as a son, making funeral arrangements and contacting everyone he thought would want to know. The list was not long. Virtually all the Bukowskis were already dead, the Fetts still in Germany. A few neighbors came, and fewer friends. The only person crying at the funeral was Henry’s pitiful fiancé and it took everything Bukowski had not to slap her sensible with the truth about the man she nearly married.

In New York he took another stock boy job and shivered in his West Coast clothes. In Philadelphia he worked as a shipping clerk for Fairmount Motor Products and, when that gig ended, survived by gophering for fellow lushes in a downtown bar, placing their bets with bookies, making lunchtime runs to the deli, and perpetually picking fights with a hulking barback named Frank McGilligan. Inevitably Bukowski took a beating but his indomitable spunk always earned him a few drinks and the respect of the bar.

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