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Laughter's Gentle Soul: The Life of Robert Benchley

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Benchley was a best-selling author of a dozen hilarious books chronicling the comic futility of the human condition, and one of the most influential humorists not only of his own generation but of successive ones as well. A sharp-witted theater critic whose reviews graced the pages of Life and The New Yorker for nearly two decades, he was a much sought after radio personal ...more
Hardcover, 382 pages
Published April 1st 1997 by W. W. Norton & Company
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Rob Smith
Feb 15, 2015 Rob Smith rated it really liked it
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This is a fantastic book that thoroughly tells the life of humorist Robert Benchley. Altman does a great job with research and cohesively piecing a lot of parts together to present this book.

One of the most obvious things about this book is that Altman read all he could about Benchley. To the point that a drawback is the nearly exact lifting of many parts of many books. There is much in this book that I'd already read from books about Benchley or include him. That might be considered bad, but in
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Barb
Apr 14, 2011 Barb rated it liked it
This book sat on my bookshelf among others from my deceased Aunt Macky's collection. I remember having seen some humorous movie shorts with Benchley which prompted some interest in his biography. The book is well-written and I found this telling of his life story interesting.

Benchley was one of the original Algonquin Round Table members back in the 1920's and worked for The New Yorker for many years, before getting into into the movie business which he hated. He started out as a tea-totaller and
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