"Ernest Hemingway, Willa Cather, Thomas Mann, John Dos Passos," Faulkner replied, "and myself." "Oh," Gable maliciously replied, "do you write for a living?" "Yes," Faulkner retorted, "and what do you do?"
[Faulkner's Nobel Prize was awarded a year late -- in 1950 -- because the committee couldn't make its selection in time. It was perhaps the most difficult decision in prize history; in addition to Faulkner, the initial list included Hemingway, Steinbeck, Pasternak, Sholokhov, Mauriac, Camus, Winston Churchill, and Par Lagerkvist.]