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Cameron Hawley (September 19, 1905 – February 9, 1969) was an American writer of fiction from Howard, South Dakota. Much of Hawley's output concerned the pressures of modern life, particularly in a business setting. He published numerous novels and short stories. Born Elmer Cameron Hawley in South Dakota, he worked as an executive at the Armstrong Cork Company; after a 24-year career, he retired and turned to novel writing.


''Executive Suite''

Hawley's novel ''Executive Suite'' was the first title published by
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in 1952.
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announced that he would "offer trade publishers a plan for simultaneous publishing of original titles in two editions, a hardcover 'regular' edition for bookstore sale, and a paper-cover, 'newsstand' size, low-priced edition for mass market sale." The publishing industry sat up and took notice, because the simultaneous hardcover and paperback editions of ''Executive Suite'' were obvious successes. Houghton Mifflin published the $3.00 hardcover at the same time Ballantine distributed its 35¢ paperback. By February 1953 Ballantine had sold 375,000 copies and was preparing to print 100,000 more. Houghton Mifflin sold 20,500 hardback copies. Instead of hurting hardback sales, the paperback edition gave the book more publicity.


Film adaptation

Movie rights to ''Executive Suite'' were sold to
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MGM
, and
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directed the 1954 film of the screenplay by
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, also titled ''
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'', and featuring
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William Holden
,
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,
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. It was nominated for four
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s. A short-lived television series based on the film and titled ''
Executive Suite ''Executive Suite'' is a 1954 American Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer drama film directed by Robert Wise and written by Ernest Lehman, based on the novel of the same name by Cameron Hawley. The film stars William Holden, June Allyson, Barbara Stanwyck, Fr ...
'' lasted only six months for a total of 18 episodes. It was telecast on
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CBS
from September 20, 1976 until February 11, 1977.


Other works

Hawley's novel ''Cash McCall'' was made into a
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film of the same name
in 1960 starring
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James Garner
and
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Natalie Wood
.


Selected bibliography

* ''Executive Suite'' (1952) * ''Cash McCall'' (1955) * ''The Lincoln Lords'' (1960) * ''The Hurricane Years'' (1968)


References

{{DEFAULTSORT:Hawley, Cameron 1905 births 1969 deaths 20th-century American novelists American male novelists Writers from South Dakota People from Howard, South Dakota 20th-century American male writers