BUKOWSKI, CHARLES. 1920-1994.
5 Typed Letters Signed and 3 Typed Notes Signed, ("Buk"), with a few holograph annotations and including 3 letters with marginal ink sketches (one with color), 8 pp, 8vo, Los Angeles, [December?, 1970]-June 6, 1975, to Don Schenker, envelopes (one with signed holograph note), two letters unevenly toned, faint spotting to one other, pinholes at corners, folding creases. With 2 black & white portrait photographs of Bukowski, 5 x 7 inches.
Provenance: Serendipity Books.
Bukowski is crass, direct, thoughtful, and generous in commenting on the writing and drinking life, giving advice on publishing, and assessing Schenker's work, among other subjects. On finding a publisher: "I don't know shit." On persistence in writing: "take a few drinks when you feel low and look over at ye old typer knowing that almost everything is possible from it." On Schenker's work: "I like the natural way you work a line into a man without making him feel like he's being screwed or clipped or cheated.... [But] you need more ROUGHAGE, reality, piss dirt." On the back of one envelope he has written, "I wrote this drunk last night, and sealed it. I don't know what's inside. Buk." The margins of 3 letters have been filled out by Bukowski with whimsical sketches.