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By 1932, MGM Studios offered William Faulkner work as a screenwriter in Hollywood. He was not an avid movie-goer and had reservations about the movie industry. From 1932 to 1954, Faulkner worked on around 50 films. In Hollywood, he worked with director Howard Hawks, and his brother William Hawks became Faulkner’s agent.
“Another Hollywood figure captured by Benton is the author William Faulkner, pictured with his signature pipe…” – Janet C. Blyberg, American Epics, Thomas Hart Benton and Hollywood
A Tour of Hollywood | Drawings by Thomas Hart Benton
“Some while back [in 1937], Thomas Benton, the highly-rated American artist, was despatched to the West Coast to paint a composite picture of life in Hollywood. The half-dozen drawings reproduced in this portfolio are among the by-products of that mission to Hollywood. They range from sketches on the spot to labored elaborations of sketches. The artist’s base of operations was the couch in the luxuriously appointed office of Raymond Griffith, one of the producers for 20th Century Fox. From this couch he made forays into the vast departmentalized domain that is a major moving picture studio, and also a little beyond.” – Harry Salpeter, A Tour of Hollywood: Drawings by Thomas Hart Benton