The Most Beautiful Woman in Town

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The Most Beautiful Woman in Town & Other stories
First edition cover
Author Charles Bukowski
Language English
Genre Short story collection
Publisher City Lights Books
Publication date
Media type Print (paperback)
Pages 240 pp
ISBN 0-87286-156-2
OCLC 10071524
813/.54 19
LC Class PS3552.U4 M66 1983

The Most Beautiful Woman in Town & Other Stories is a collection of anecdotal short stories by American author Charles Bukowski. The stories are written in both the first and third-person, in Bukowski's trademark semi-autobiographical short prose style. In keeping with his other works, themes include: Los Angeles bar culture; alcoholism; gambling; sex and violence. However, many of the stories contain elements of fantasy and surrealism. The book was initially printed as Erections, Ejaculations, Exhibitions, and General Tales of Ordinary Madness[citation needed]. The stories originally appeared in Open City, Nola Express, Knight, Adam, Adam Reader, Pix, The Berkeley Barb and Evergreen Review.


  • Kid Stardust on the Porterhouse
  • Life in a Texas Whorehouse
  • Six Inches
  • The Fuck Machine
  • The Gut-Wringing Machine
  • 3 Women
  • 3 Chickens
  • Ten Jack-Offs
  • Twelve Flying Monkeys Who Won't Copulate Properly
  • 25 Bums in Rags
  • Non-Horseshit Horse Advice
  • Another Horse Story
  • The Birth, Life and Death of an Underground Newspaper
  • Life and Death in the Charity Ward
  • The Day We Talked About James Thurber
  • All the Great Writers
  • The Copulating Mermaid of Venice, Calif
  • Trouble with a Battery
  • (swastika symbol)
  • Politics is like Trying to Screw a Cat in the Ass
  • My Big-Assed Mother
  • A Lovely Love Affair
  • All the Pussy We Want
  • The Beginner
  • The Fiend
  • The Murder of Ramon Vasquez
  • A Drinking Partner
  • The White Beard
  • A White Pussy