John Monk Saunders
|John Monk Saunders|
November 22, 1897|
Hinckley, Minnesota, U.S.
|Died||March 11, 1940
Fort Myers, Florida, U.S.
|Cause of death||Suicide|
|Education||University of Washington in Seattle|
|Occupation||Novelist, screenwriter, film director|
(m. 1922; div. 1927)
(m. 1928; div. 1939)
|Awards||Academy Award for Best Story (1930)|
John Monk Saunders (November 22, 1897 – March 11, 1940) was an American novelist, screenwriter, and film director.
Early life and career
Born in Hinckley, Minnesota, Saunders received his education at University of Washington in Seattle and then was a Rhodes Scholar. He later served in the Air Service during World War I as a flight instructor in Florida, but was never able to secure a posting to France, a disappointment that frustrated him for the remainder of his life.
His screenwriting credits include Wings (1927), The Legion of the Condemned (1928), The Last Flight (1931) which he adapted from his own novel Single Lady, and the documentary film Conquest of the Air (UK, 1936), which he also co-directed.
Saunders was married to Avis Hughes (1922–27) and to actress Fay Wray (1928–39), with whom he had a daughter, Susan.
- Star of the Circus (1938)