Critics of Bukowski
Charles Bukowski wrote because that's what he loved and that's all he knew. Fame and money did eventually come to him, but only after years of struggling just to get by and "living on one candy bar a day." After quitting his job at the post office he was quoted as saying "I have one of two choices-- stay in the post office and go crazy...or stay out here and play at writer and starve. I have decided to starve."

In 1962, when Bukowski was pretty much a complete unknown, Charles William Corrington predicted that "by the end of the century Hank would be known as the guy who liberated poets from the clutches of the academics."

During the time of Hank's work in the 1960's and 1970's, he seemed to get pretty mixed reviews, either they loved him or hated him. Some viewed him as a maverick of writing, with his honest and original approach. Others thought he was just an old, vulgar, drunk who only knew how to write about his drunken womanizing. A lot of critics have chosen simply to ignore the work he's done because of his subject matter and language. Another criticism of Bukowski is that he has quantity, but lacks quality. That being said, Bukowski most definitely has a cult following that lacks generational gaps.
Some of his biggest fans include Bono, Sean Penn, and Tom Waits.
Hank's most popular books were Love is a Dog From Hell, Post Office, Ham on Rye, and Women.