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Tender love and whores: Why alcoholic womanizer poet Charles Bukowski endures 14 years after his death

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Bukowski's most recently published book: a collection of poetry put out in 2007 by publisher Ecco, and imprint of HarperCollins. (Courtesy of Ecco)


Charles Bukowski goes digital. The author immortalized on the cover of a new DVD of one of his last poetry readings. (Courtesy of mondayMEDIA)


The recording of what was ostensibly Charles Bukowski's very last poetry reading, in Redondo Beach, Calif. Bukowski often had a contentious relationship with his audiences. (Courtesy of mondayMEDIA)

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Henry Charles Bukowski, poet and novelist, was famous for his hard-drinking, womanizing ways, which he often wrote explicitly of in his works. But, despite being decried by critics, he has found a home in readers who like his straightforward language and enduring themes. Fourteen years after his death, Bukowski is showing up in DVDs, online video, new publications of his poetry, and even on a fan website. Bukowski, despite derision, lives on.