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Legend has it that Hollywood lures gifted writers into its service with sunshine and money, only to treat them as glorified typists and plot-mechanics, peripheral to the main business of moviemaking. This is what Ian Hamilton describes as ‘the writer-in-chains saga that emerges from any study of Hollywood during its so-called golden years – the period I have marked as running from 1915-1951.’
But in this superb account of what befell the likes of Faulkner, Fitzgerald, Chandler and Huxley by working for the Dream Factory, Hamilton argues that these writers ‘were in the movies by choice: they earned far more money than their colleagues who did not write for films, and in several cases they applied themselves conscientiously to the not-unimportant task at hand. And they had a lot of laughs…’
‘Fascinating and enjoyable.’ New Statesman
‘Abounds in marvelous stories, apocryphal, fabulous, funny and even true.’ Observer
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