John Leslie Palmer was born on September 4, 1885. He was educated at Balliol College, Oxford, where he was the Brackenbury scholar. Palmer married Mildred Hodson Woodfield in 1911, and the union produced a son and a daughter. Palmer was drama critic and assistant editor of The Saturday Review of Literature in London from 1910 until 1915, after which he was drama critic of London’s Evening Standard until 1919. During the same period, he served in the British War Trade Intelligence Department. Palmer was a member of the British delegation to the Paris Peace Conference, and from 1920 to 1939, he was on the staff of the League of Nations Permanent Secretariat in Geneva. He produced several novels, one play, and numerous nonfictional works, most concerning the theater, including a study of the life and works of Molière, and a two-volume work titled Political [Comic] Characters of Shakespeare (1945-1946). Palmer died on August 5, 1944.
Hilary Aidan St. George Saunders, born January 14, 1898, was, like his collaborator, a graduate of Oxford’s Balliol College. After the death of his first wife, Helen Foley, in 1917, he married Joan Bedford. During World War I, Saunders served in the Welch Guards and was awarded the Military Cross. He worked on the staff of the League of Nations Permanent Secretariat from 1920 to 1937 and was with the British Air Ministry during World War II. He was librarian of the British House of Commons from 1946 to 1950. Both anonymously and under his own name, Saunders produced a number of works concerned with military operations. Saunders died December 16, 1951.