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Title:Wings
Author:
Saunders, John Monk   
Published:   1927
Publisher:Grosset & Dunlap
Tags:aviation, fiction, military, romance, World War I, film/TV adaptation
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This book is about a boy with a passion for speed who decides to join World War I as a pilot. The girl next door is in love with him, but he believes he loves another. He doesn’t realize until he’s in trouble in France that Mary is the one for him. Written from the perspective of the pilot, the book was the basis for the film, Wings (1927), which was the first, and only, silent film to win the Academy Award for Best Picture. [Suggest a different description.]

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Author Bio for Saunders, John Monk

The novelist and screenwriter John Monk Saunders was born on November 22, 1897 in Hinckley, Minnesota. In 1907, his father became U.S. Attorney in Seattle, and the family moved there. Something of a “golden boy,” he was president of the freshman class and quarterback of the freshman football team at the University of Washington. In World War I, he served as a flight instructor in Florida but never made it to France. In 1919, he went to Oxford as a Rhodes scholar where he swam, played rugby, and finished his degree in half the time. He then worked as a reporter for the L.A. Times and the New York Tribune, and began to write short stories. In 1926, he sold the film rights to his unfinished novel Wings for the highest amount paid up to that time. The next year, it won the first Oscar for Best Picture. In the 1920s and 1930s, he worked as a screenwriter on stories usually with an aviation theme. He won an Oscar for Best Story for the 1930 version of The Dawn Patrol. During this time, he married twice, first to a cousin of Howard Hughes and then from 1928 to 1939 to Fay Wray. An alcoholic most of his adult life, he hanged himself on March 11, 1940 in Ft. Myers, Florida.

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