Bukowski Never Did This: A Year in the Life of an Underground Writer & His Family

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Charles Bukowski is the ultimate underground writer success story. Publisher John Martin gave him an allowance to quit his job at the post office and write a novel, Post Office, which became a huge success in Europe. Bukowski toured Europe with a personal paparazzo to document his journey, and wrote a book called Shakespeare Never Did This.

He was still largely unknown in the United States, where he is better known for the movie he wrote about himself, Barfly, than for his many novels and books of poetry.

One of the things Bukowski wrote about was going ten rounds with Hemingway. In Bukowski Never Did This, underground legend Jack Saunders writes about going ten rounds with Bukowski.

Writing over 250 books while working full-time jobs, taking on the literary establishment, and raising a family aren't easy things to do. Jack Saunders has done them. Bukowski Never Did This is a partial record of his journey, sans paparazzo.

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Jack Saunders has been writing for 34 years, without selling a word to New York or Hollywood, winning a grant, a writer-in-residence position, or a literary prize.

He is working on a 40-year roman-feuilleton, or saga-novel, that is too large for small presses to publish and too outspoken and freewheeling for the mainstream commercial houses. A vernacular writer, he calls himself. In the sense self-taught. But also in the sense ambassador-in-bonds.

He shoots his leaflets into the void and presses on to Boulogne, like Tristram Shandy. His stack now stands at 267 volumes, 268 roaring in his veins like a camphor injection. The stopped-up toilet of American letters, fixing to erupt, like the Wakulla Volcano, or an explosion in a charnel house.

He calls his coterie of steadfast readers the Buzzard Cult, after the Southeastern Ceremonial Complex, a revitalization movement that swept the Lower Mississippi Valley just before and after European contact, and calls himself the salvage archeologist of the Mall Builder culture.

America’s greatest living unpublished, or underpublished writer, perhaps the greatest unpublished, or underpublished American writer ever.

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