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In 1983 he stood as chairman of the judging panel at the Cannes Film Festival.
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[from a letter to Norman Mailer, 1953] I think I'm arriving at a point which, more and more, I'm conscious of mannerisms and therefore tend to avoid them and go instead more directly to to the point. It's a hell of a hard process, but I take to it more instinctively than the other way around: the brawny method, like a big guy bellowing his way through a crowd.
He was born into a well-to-do family, and decided to become a writer when he was in his teens. His mother died when he was 13, and he attributed some of his later problems to his continuing grief. He served in WWII in the US Marines.