Charles Bukowski Body of Works – Oeuvre

List of books by Charles Bukowski

List of Books by Charles Bukowski with Publication Dates

Authors, who doesn’t love a good Author? This series of articles we look at lists of books by famous authors; in this case, Charles Bukowski. Find my selection in date order of Charles Bukowski books.

Charles Bukowski List of Books to Read

 Standalone Novels

Post Office          (1970)   

Factotum             (1975)   

Women (1978)   

Ham On Rye        (1982)   

The Movie Barfly              (1987)   

Hollywood          (1989)   

Pulp       (1994)   


Flower, Fist and Bestial Wail         (1960)   

Longshot Poems for Broke Players             (1962)   

Run With the Hunted       (1962)   

It Catches My Heart in its Hands  (1963)   

Cold Dogs in the Courtyard           (1965)   

Confessions of a Man Insane Enough to Live with Beasts   (1965)   

Crucifix in a Deathhand   (1965)   

The Genius of the Crowd               (1966)   

At Terror Street and Agony Way  (1968)   

Poems Written Before Jumping Out of an 8 Story Window               (1968)   

A Bukowski Sampler         (1969)   

The Days Run Away Like Wild Horses Over the Hills             (1969)   

Mockingbird Wish Me Luck           (1972)   

Erections, Ejaculations, Exhibitions, and General Tales of Ordinary Madness             (1972)   

Burning in Water, Drowning In Flame        (1974)   

South of No North           (1975)   

Love is a Dog from Hell   (1977)   

Play the Piano Drunk        (1979)   

Dangling in the Tournefortia         (1982)   

The Most Beautiful Woman in Town         (1983)   

Tales of Ordinary Madness            (1983)   

Hot Water Music              (1983)   

All’s Normal Here             (1983)   

War All the Time               (1984)   

You Get So Alone at Times that It Just Makes Sense            (1986)   

The Roominghouse Madrigals      (1988)   

Septuagenarian Stew       (1990)   

In the Shadow of the Rose            (1991)   

The Last Night of the Earth Poems             (1992)   

Betting on the Muse        (1996)   

Bone Palace Ballet           (1997)   

What Matters Most Is How Well You Walk Through the Fire            (1999)   

Open All Night    (2000)   

The Night Torn Mad with Footsteps           (2001)   

Sifting Through the Madness for the Word, the Line, the Way: New Poems Book 1 (2002)   

Sifting Through the Madness for the Word, the Line, the Way: New Poems Book 2 (2003)   

The Flash of Lightning Behind the Mountain           (2003)   

New Poems Book Three (2004)   

Slouching Toward Nirvana            (2005)   

Come on In!        (2006)   

The People Look Like Flowers At Last        (2007)   

The Pleasures of the Damned       (2007)   

Portions from a Wine-Stained Notebook  (2008)   

The Continual Condition (2009)   

Absence of the Hero        (2010)   

New Poems Book One    (2011)   

New Poems Book Two    (2011)   

New Poems Book Four    (2011)   

The Bell Tolls for No One               (2015)   

Storm for the Living and the Dead              (2017)   


Fire Station         (1970)   

Bring Me Your Love         (1983)   

There’s No Business         (1984)   

Non-Fiction Books

All the Assholes in the World and Mine     (1966)   

Notes of a Dirty Old Man               (1969)   

Shakespeare Never Did This          (1979)   

The Bukowski / Purdy Letters       (1984)   

Screams from the Balcony            (1993)   

Living on Luck     (1995)   

The Captain is Out to Lunch and the Sailors Have Taken Over the Ship          (1997)   

Reach for the Sun             (1999)   

Beerspit Night and Cursing            (2001)   

Selected Letters Volume 1: 1958-1965      (2004)   

Selected Letters Volume 3: 1971-1986      (2010)   

Selected Letters Volume 4: 1987-1994      (2010)   

More Notes of a Dirty Old Man    (2011)   

Selected Letters Volume 2: 1965-1970      (2012)   

On Writing          (2015)   

On Cats (2015)   

On Love               (2016)   

List of books by Charles Bukowski

So there you have a list of books and date of publication from the Author Charles Bukowski.

Dave Peterson

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