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eng 481 Faulkner paper - Sabrina Baez ENG 481 May 3 2011...

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Sabrina Baez ENG 481 May 3, 2011 Final report Faulkner in Hollywood William Faulkner is known as one of America’s great novelists of the 20 th century. With such works as The Sound and the Fury and As I lay Dying he enraptured his readers with his complex and emotional stories of everyday Southern families immersed in dramatic situations. Unbeknownst to the fans of his highly intelligent line of work which dealt with class distinction, racism, and other heavy duty societal issues, Faulkner mainly wrote out of lack of income. When being a novelist just didn’t suffice he turned to Hollywood. As his family grew bigger, Faulkner turned to screenwriting to help with fiscal issues to maintain his growing brood. William Faulkner arrived in Hollywood in 1932 and signed a six year contract with MGM studios. This would begin his on and off again relationship with the movie business for over 20 years. At first Hollywood directors that Faulkner worked with such as, Howard Hawks, for whom Faulkner wrote most of his screenplays, wanted him to tone down some of his storylines that included rape, incest, suicide, etc…They were also leery of his anti-social behavior and lack of team work skills. On his first day of work as a screenwriter in Hollywood, Faulkner showed up to MGM studios late, with a giant cut on his head, and obviously he had been drinking. His boss Sam Marx explained to him that he was to be part of a Wallace Beery picture, in response Faulkner said he wanted to work on a Disney picture and ended up wandering off into Death Valley and didn’t return for nine days, when finally he was ready to work for real. Even though
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Faulkner wasn’t exactly the easiest person to work with, when he did put his mind to work on the screenplays he made magic happen.
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