Peter Benchley





Peter Benchley

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born
in New York, New York, The United States
May 08, 1940

died
February 11, 2006

gender
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Peter Bradford Benchley was an American author best known for writing the novel Jaws and co-writing the screenplay for its highly successful film adaptation. The success of the book led to many publishers commissioning books about mutant rats, rabid dogs and the like threatening communities. The subsequent film directed by Steven Spielberg and co-written by Benchley is generally acknowledged as the first summer blockbuster. Benchley also wrote The Deep and The Island which were also adapted into films.

Benchley was from a literary family. He was the son of author Nathaniel Benchley and grandson of Algonquin Round Table founder Robert Benchley. His younger brother, Nat Benchley, is a writer and actor. Peter Benchley was an alumnus of Phillips
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Average rating: 3.89 · 90,716 ratings · 1,907 reviews · 37 distinct works · Similar authors
Jaws
3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 77,269 ratings — published 1973 — 76 editions
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The Deep
3.67 of 5 stars 3.67 avg rating — 6,097 ratings — published 1976 — 33 editions
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Beast
3.44 of 5 stars 3.44 avg rating — 2,106 ratings — published 1991 — 19 editions
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White Shark
3.45 of 5 stars 3.45 avg rating — 1,905 ratings — published 1994 — 20 editions
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The Island
3.3 of 5 stars 3.30 avg rating — 1,088 ratings — published 1979 — 13 editions
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The Girl of the Sea of Cortez
3.93 of 5 stars 3.93 avg rating — 524 ratings — published 1982 — 16 editions
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Shark Life: True Stories Ab...
3.91 of 5 stars 3.91 avg rating — 375 ratings — published 2002 — 9 editions
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Peter Benchley's Creature
3.4 of 5 stars 3.40 avg rating — 402 ratings2 editions
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Shark Trouble
3.96 of 5 stars 3.96 avg rating — 339 ratings — published 2002 — 15 editions
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Rummies
3.41 of 5 stars 3.41 avg rating — 138 ratings — published 1989 — 2 editions
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More books by Peter Benchley…
“You're gonna need a bigger boat.”
Peter Benchley

“Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water...”
Peter Benchley, Jaws

“There's nothing in the sea this fish would fear. Other fish run from bigger things. That's their instinct. But this fish doesn't run from anything. He doesn't fear.”
Peter Benchley, Jaws

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