Peter Benchley


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

Died
February 11, 2006

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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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Jaws (Jaws #1)

3.97 avg rating — 136,610 ratings — published 1974 — 141 editions
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The Deep

3.74 avg rating — 10,685 ratings — published 1976 — 40 editions
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Beast

3.60 avg rating — 4,322 ratings — published 1991 — 30 editions
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White Shark

3.53 avg rating — 3,671 ratings — published 1994 — 29 editions
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The Island

3.35 avg rating — 1,805 ratings — published 1979 — 24 editions
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The Girl of the Sea of Cortez

4.04 avg rating — 1,014 ratings — published 1982 — 22 editions
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Shark Life: True Stories Ab...

really liked it 4.00 avg rating — 680 ratings — published 2002 — 9 editions
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Shark Trouble

really liked it 4.00 avg rating — 538 ratings — published 2002 — 15 editions
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Rummies

3.42 avg rating — 236 ratings — published 1989 — 5 editions
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Q Clearance

3.60 avg rating — 202 ratings — published 1986 — 13 editions
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More books by Peter Benchley…
“You're gonna need a bigger boat.”
Peter Benchley

“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

“The past always seems better when you look back on it than it did at the time. And the present never looks as good as it will in the future.”
Peter Benchley, Jaws

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