János Székely (1901-1958) was a novelist and screenwriter. He often wrote under the pen name John Pen. At the age of 18, he fled World War I, leaving his native Hungary for Berlin, Germany, where he began writing screenplays. He emigrated to the US in 1938, moving to Hollywood to work at the invitation of Ernst Lubitsch. He became a sought-after screenwriter and won the 1940 Academy Award for Best Story for Arise, My Love. He left the US for Mexico during the McCarthy era and eventually landed in East Berlin where he lived until his death.