WINGS. Based on the Paramount Picture. A Lucien Hubbard Production Directed by William Wyler. Illustrated with Scenes from the Photoplay. John Monk Saunders.

WINGS. Based on the Paramount Picture. A Lucien Hubbard Production Directed by William Wyler. Illustrated with Scenes from the Photoplay

New York: Grossett & Dunlap, (1927). First edition thus. Hardcover. Saunders was born in Minnesota but schooled in Seattle where his father served as U.S. Attorney. After attending the University of Washington he was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford, entering in the fall of 1919 where he was the first American to attend Magdalen College. He completed his 3-year degree there in just 1 1/2 years. While at Oxford, he formed friendships with John Masefield and Rudyard Kipling. He served in the Air Service during World War 1 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. After the war he spent time in Paris then returned to Oxford, completing his master's degree in 1923. He worked as a journalist in the US, including stints with the Los Angeles Times and New York Tribune. Saunders began selling short stories to magazines such as Cosmopolitan and Liberty magazines and became editor of American magazine. He first sold the movie rights to one of his stories in 1924, and in 1926, Famous Players-Lasky/Paramount purchased the rights to Saunders's unfinished novel about WWI pilots. Wings garnered $39,000 for the writer - the highest sum paid for film rights at that time - as well as the first Academy Award for Best Picture. A sharp near fine copy of the book bound in blue cloth with black stamping to spine and front cover in a very good bright complete dust jacket. Item #14395

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