Charles Bukowski was one of the most influential poets of the late 20th Century. In a late interview, he said, "The nine-to-five is one of the greatest atrocities sprung upon mankind. You give your life away to a function that doesn’t interest you. This situation so repelled me that I was driven to drink, starvation, and mad females, simply as an alternative. The ideal, for one like me, of course, is to make it off of your writing, your creativity." Bukowski died on March 9, 1994.