Charles Bukowski & Notes From The Underground

In the sixties, Bukowski was given a forum to voice his reflections and opinions on life and literature. The underground Los Angeles newspaper, "Open City" brought Bukowski on as a contributing writer. He called his column, "Notes of a Dirty Old Man."

His column was controversial and it enabled his opinions to spread beyond the literary circles which he was so well known already. One of his first articles for Open City was a critique of a biography of Hemingway called, "An Old Drunk Who Ran Out of Luck."

A collection of these articles was eventually published in 1969. "Notes Of A Dirty Old Man" was Bukowski's first widespread success in the publishing world. Twenty thousand copies sold in the first few months, establishing Charles Bukowski as a recognized writer in California.