From Joseph Blotner's Faulkner: A Biography (2005)
"One of [Howard Hawks'] friends, Clark Gable, had a .410 over-and-under shotgun that Faulkner admired so much he wanted one like it. The first time they had driven into the Imperial Valley for some dove-hunting, Hawks began to talk about books. He would remember the conversation clearly. Faulkner entered into it, but Gable remained silent. Finally he ventured a question.
'Mr. Faulkner,' he said, 'what do you think somebody should read if he wants to read the best modern books? Who would you say are the best living writers?'
After a moment, Faulkner answered. 'Ernest Hemingway, Willa Cather, Thomas Mann, John Dos Passos, and myself.'
Gable took a moment to absorb that information. 'Oh,' he said. 'Do you write?'
'Yes, Mr. Gable,' Faulkner replied. 'What do you do?' "