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Bukowski Rarities Donated to Fancy Library

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Instead of selling a large collection of rare Charles Bukowski manuscripts, originals, and books for about $1 million, the LA poet's widow has donated the works to the hoity-toity Huntington Library in San Marino.

Linda Lee Bukowski told the LA Times that she thought her beer-drinking husband would have gotten a kick out of such a large chunk of his writing being housed in such a high-class joint.

"It's going to be scandalous. This would tickle my husband. It would crack him up," she said. Although Mrs. Bukowski lives in coastal San Pedro, she explains that she is a frequent visitor of the library located near Pasedena.

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LAist wonders why the widow didn't choose the downtown LA library, which Bukowski frequented when he was down-and-out and struggling. Or why not a Hollywood branch near where he lived for many years?

One thing we do agree with Mrs. Bukowski about is that it will most likely be scandalous. Charles Bukowski had a gift for mixing the crude with the beautiful in a very subtle manner. Especially in his poems.

For an example of this, click for more... if you dare. (not safe for work)