N.p. S.i., 1975. Complete, heavily-corrected draft of this Notes of a Dirty Old Man story, which first appeared in the April 4, 1975 issue of the Los Angeles Free Press (No.559). The story is centered around a barfly named Harry, just getting settled for a day of heavy drinking, who encounters a wealthy woman in her mid-40's; she solicits him, takes him home, and engages in some odd fetishistic activity. A humorous and somewhat charming story, lacking the overtly perverse content of some of the stories submitted to High Times, Oui, and Hustler. While the strength of Bukowski's literary legacy rests squarely on his poetry and prose, no small degree of his notoriety as a hard-living, hard-drinking author was due to his many Notes of a Dirty Old Man columns, printed over many years in papers like Open City and L.A. Free Press. Complete stories seldom come onto the market; this one remained uncollected for 36 years, before finally being reprinted in More Notes of a Dirty Old Man: The Uncollected Columns (City Lights, 2011). Item #4596
Original carbon typescript on six leaves of white bond (measuring 8.5" x 11"), bearing the author's extensive holograph corrections, revisions, and elisions in green felt-tipped pen; signed "Charles Bukowski" on terminal leaf, dated 3-24-75. Faint paper-clip impression at upper left corners, mild handling, with a few tiny splash marks on title leaf, and a small, faint circular stain at lower margin of terminal leaf.