And here's a description of those letters.
(What sort of mother would name her kid "Loss"?)
Author: Bukowski, Charles
Title: Archive of 16 letters signed by Bukowski to the editor of the Bukowski Primer book, Loss PequeÃ±o Glazier; plus a copy of the book, All's Normal Here
Place: San Pedro, CA, et al.
Item # : 187232
Comprises: 16 letters (13 are typed letters signed with some holographic corrections/notes and 3 are autograph letters signed), each signed by Bukowski to Loss Glazier, editor of All's Normal Here: A Charles Bukowski Primer (1985). Each 11x8Â½. One 3-page, rest single page, most end with small ink drawings by Bukowski. Includes all but two of the original mailing envelopes. Also, with copy No. 2 of 27 "officially-issued copies" of All's Normal Here (4to., pictorial wrappers, first edition), signed with star drawing and a epigram by Bukowski "When they blow us all to shit with the Bomb they won't have killed much" and signed by Glazier, on the title page. Together, all housed inside 3-ring binder.
Charts the course of Loss Glazier's primer book of Bukowski, All's Normal Here, from the inception in February 1983 to the completion of the project in late 1985. Also, sheds light of Glazier's 1984 publication of Going Modern (Oro Madre No. 10) [Krumhansl 92], which "was suppressed by Bukowski...he objected to the formatting and the amateur reproduction...according to John Martin ninety percent of this publication was destroyed" - Krumhansl. In these letters, Bukowski gives Glazier permission to use his piece (later titled Going Modern), for publication but did not want it produced in a chapbook format, but Glazier did, and therefore Bukowski wanted it suppressed/destroyed. Only a few copies survived, thus making it one of the most difficult "A" item Bukowski piece to obtain. In these letters, Bukowski writes: "I'm not writing much better now than I was decades ago when I was starving to death in those small rooms and on those park benches and in those flophouses, and while I was being nearly murdered in those factories and in the post office..." And about fame: "But things happen very quickly - one moment you're a drunken bum fighting with drunken and drugged and insane women in a low-class apartment, then it seems the next thing you're in Europe and you walk into a hall and there are 2,000 wild people waiting for you to read some poems...Getting famous when you're in your twenties is a very difficult thing to overcome. When you get half-famous when you're over 60, it's easier to make adjustments." Influences: "I've had my crutches: F.Dos[toevsky], Turgenev, some of Celine...Hamsun, most of John Fante...Sherwood Anderson, very early Hemingway,, all of Carson McCullers, the longer poems of Jeffers; Nietzche and Schopenhauer; the style of Saroyan without the content; Mozart, Mahler, Bach, Wagner, Eric Coates, Mondrian; e.e. cummings and the whores of East Hollywood...". Teaching creative writing: "Take some poets. Some start very well. There is a flash, a burning, a gamble in their way of putting it down. A good first or second book, then they seem to dissolve. You look around and they are teaching Creative Writing at some university. Now they think they know how to Write and they are going to tell others how to. This is a sickness: they have accepted themselves. It's unbelievable that they can do this. It's like some buy coming along and trying to tell me how to fuck because he thinks he fucks good."
Original folds to letters, expected wear to envelopes; mild edge wear to the book; else a fine collection. A revealing and interesting archive that shows Bukowski's no-nonsense attitude towards life, writing and art.
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