"BARD OF THE BARROOM AND THE BROTHEL": SIGNED LIMITED FIRST EDITION OF BUKOWSKI'S WOMEN, ONE OF ONLY 300 COPIES
BUKOWSKI, Charles. Women. Santa Barbara: Black Sparrow, 1978. Octavo, original half blue cloth, paper spine label, original pictorial brown paper boards. $2500.
Signed limited first edition of Bukowski's Women, number 113 of 300 copies (375 total), continuing his fictional saga of the semi-autobiographical Henry Chinaski, also featured in Factotum (1975) and Bukowski's screenplay for the 1987 film Barfly, starring Mickey Rourke.
"Charles Bukowski was a bard of the barroom and the brothel, a direct descendant of the Romantic visionaries who worshiped at the altar of personal excess, violence and madness… Bukowski's skeletal, self-referential poems and stories, barren of metaphor but crackling with hard truth told in American barroom vernacular, brought him adulation… [that] came late… Flower, Fist and Bestial Wail, his first poetry collection, was published in 1959, and over the years at least 40 more books followed, all of them rooted in the experiences of a loner and outcast with a keen eye for the absurd" (New York Times). Bukowski's 1978 novel, Women, continues his fictional saga of Henry Chinaski, the semi-autobiographical protagonist found in works such as Post Office (1971), Factotum (1975) and Bukowski's screenplay for Barfly, the 1987 film directed by Barbet Schroeder and starring Mickey Rourke as Chinaski. Signed limited edition of 300 copies, issued along with a signed limited edition of 75 copies with a painting by Bukowski. Krumhansl 63d. Fogel, 68.
A fine signed copy.