Speaking of Bukowski and money..........there's possibly thousands of references in his work regarding skid row and being broke although I think this is somewhat exaggerated. He apparently sold his parents' place for $15,000 in the early? 60's. That was a tidy sum of money in those days
But to your original question - I believe Bukowski did get "just compensation" for his work - because I've read sooo many letters from Buk, discussing financials with John Martin. (the 3 BSP letters books)
He was aware of the deals going on and displayed real diligence in pursuing the rewards.
I think he was on top of things.
And he must have been one of the worlds most highly paid poets, surely.
I mean... what's the competition?!
I heard, years ago, that Diane Wakoski (spelling?) was one of the few poets in America who was making a living from writing, besides Bukowski. He was very concerned with money, his income, his bank account. Not quite living on the edge in that respect.
Only I'd guess, Buk's expenses would make a more valid point in finding 'the sum' to quit his job, than Martin's income.
Looking forward to your source.
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