Robert Benchley


Born
in Worcester, Massachusetts, The United States
September 15, 1889

Died
November 21, 1945

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Robert Charles Benchley was an American humorist best known for his work as a newspaper columnist and film actor. From his beginnings at the Harvard Lampoon while attending Harvard University, through his many years writing essays and articles for Vanity Fair and The New Yorker, and his acclaimed short films, Benchley's style of humor brought him respect and success during his life, from New York City and his peers at the Algonquin Round Table to contemporaries in the burgeoning film industry.

Benchley is best remembered for his contributions to The New Yorker, where his essays, whether topical or absurdist, influenced many modern humorists. He also made a name for himself in Hollywood, when his short film How to Sleep was a popular success
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Average rating: 4.06 · 1,752 ratings · 173 reviews · 62 distinct worksSimilar authors
The Benchley Roundup

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4.06 avg rating — 296 ratings — published 1921 — 8 editions
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Chips Off the Old Benchley

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4.29 avg rating — 134 ratings — published 1949 — 2 editions
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The Best of Robert Benchley

4.06 avg rating — 122 ratings — published 1990 — 2 editions
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Benchley Lost and Found

4.25 avg rating — 112 ratings — published 1970 — 2 editions
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My Ten Years in a Quandary ...

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4.26 avg rating — 132 ratings — published 1936 — 8 editions
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20,000 Leagues Under the Se...

4.19 avg rating — 78 ratings — published 1928 — 3 editions
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Love Conquers All

4.06 avg rating — 139 ratings45 editions
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Benchley Beside Himself

4.47 avg rating — 51 ratings — published 1943 — 2 editions
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Of All Things

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3.84 avg rating — 118 ratings — published 2000 — 29 editions
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After 1903 -  What?

4.41 avg rating — 37 ratings — published 1938 — 2 editions
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“Opera is when a guy gets stabbed in the back and, instead of bleeding, he sings.”
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“The surest way to make a monkey of a man is to quote him.”
Robert Benchley, My Ten Years in a Quandary and How They Grew

“It took me fifteen years to discover that I had no talent for writing, but I couldn't give it up because by that time I was too famous.”
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