Forgot your password?  

Hollywood: A Novel Summary
Charles Bukowski

Everything you need to understand or teach Hollywood (novel) by Charles Bukowski.

  • Hollywood Summary & Study Guide
  • 2 Literature Criticism
  • ...and more
  • 30 Hollywood: A Novel Lessons
  • 20 Activities
  • 180 Multiple Choice Questions
  • 60 Short Essay Questions
  • 20 Essay Questions
  • Pre-Made Tests and Quizzes
  • ...and more

Hollywood Summary

Plot Summary

This novel is a barely fictionalized memoir of the writing and production of the Hollywood film "Barfly". Bemused screenwriter Hank Chinaski observes and narrates the story of a group of ambitious individuals with big personalities and even bigger dreams striving to gain control in an industry where control is a greater illusion than what plays out on the screen. As it satirizes Hollywood's excesses, attitudes and self-obsessions, the novel also explores themes related to the nature and craft of writing and the differences between reality and fiction.

The narrative begins in the aftermath of a telephone conversation between Chinaski and producer/director Jon Pinchot, who is desperate to make a film based on a screenplay, any screenplay, written by the renowned and respected author. The hard-drinking Chinaski, reluctant to turn his talents to a form of writing he believes to be less substantial than the forms in which...

(read more from the Study Guide)

Study Pack

The Hollywood: A Novel Study Pack contains about 75 pages of study material in 7 products, including:

Hollywood Study Guide

Lesson Plan

All teaching products sold separately.

Hollywood Lesson Plans contain 113 pages of teaching material, including:

Follow Us on Facebook