Thanks, Ponder! I just glanced through that thread. Never heard of a bio by Cherkovski either. Next time I go online shopping, I'm tracking down Sounes.
Thing is, there's no such a thing as "evidence" when it comes to the 30s, 40s, and early 50s, save a few letters -and B. could be contradictory in his letters!- and very few surviving documents re. his birth, marriage, etc. Those are the "unverifiable" years. If someone wrote a biography using factual evidence, the 1920-1958 period would not amount to more than 15-20 pages, and there would be quite a bit of "gloss" in those 15-20 pages.
No, no, no, no and no.But we have Ben Pleasants' memoirs...
One of the nice things about writing a dissertation on Bukowski and his writing is that you don't need to necessarily prove/disprove anything. But as you note, you sensed the BS factor. Go through Pleasant's bio a bit and then read what Buk had to say on the same subject. All you need are a few examples to opine that, while the book is out there, it shouldn't necessarily be taken as absolute truth. You don't need to disprove anything; you only need cast some doubt and then decide to draw your conclusions from other sources.I'm very grateful that you're telling me this. I will have to mention that "memoir" anyway so do you have any source I can quote to prove that he had strong biases?
and on top of that you add "biographers" who may have strong personal bias or worse. :rollfool:went to great lengths to avoid conclusions being made about himself.
Most Germans think so. But it isn't. Not in the sense that it's forbidden to have or sell it.Is 'Mein Kampf' still outlawed in Germany?