The first major biography of one of Old Hollywood’s greatest directors.
Sometime partner of the eccentric Howard Hughes, drinking buddy of William Faulkner and Ernest Hemingway, an inveterate gambler and a notorious liar, Howard Hawks was the most modern of the great masters and one of the first directors to declare his independence from the major studios. He played Svengali to Lauren Bacall, Montgomery Clift, and others, but Hawks’s greatest creation may have been himself. As The Atlantic Monthly noted, “Todd McCarthy… . has gone further than anyone else in sorting out the truths and lies of the life, the skills and the insight and the self-deceptions of the work. ”
“A fluent biography of the great director, a frequently rotten guy but one whose artistic independence and standards of film morality never failed. ” —The New York Times Book Review
“Hawks’s life, until now rather an enigma, has been put into focus and made one with his art in Todd McCarthy’s wise and funny Howard Hawks. ” —The Wall Street Journal
“Excellent… . A respectful, exhaustive, and appropriately smartass look at Hollywood’s most versatile director. ” —Newsweek