Benchley Roundup: A Selection by Nathaniel Benchley of his Favorites

Benchley Roundup: A Selection by Nathaniel Benchley of his Favorites

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Robert C. Benchley

Robert C. Benchley's sketches and articles, published in periodicals like Life, Vanity Fair, and The New Yorker, earned him a reputation as one of the sharpest humorists of his time; his influence--on contemporaries such as E. B. White, James Thurber, and S. J. Perelman, or followers like Woody Allen, Steve Martin, and Richard Pryor--has left an indelible mark on the American comic tradition. The Benchley Roundup collects those pieces, selected by Benchley's son Nathaniel, ''which seem to stand up best over the years''-a compendium of the most endearing and enduring work from one of America's funniest and most penetrating wits.''In all Benchley, a fresh wind stirs in every page. In all his books, you find him ducking swiftly, looking closely, writing sharply. . . . He used to sit the night out in a lighted room with friends. When he died, one of them said, 'They're going to have to stay up late in heaven now.' Yes, they're staying up late, I know, and, what is more, they must be having the time of their infinities. Lucky angels.''--James Thurber''I was always looking for Benchley's stuff, and thought he was wonderful, and still think he was wonderful.''--E. B. White''It took me fifteen years to discover that I had no talent for writing, but I couldn't give it up because by then I was too famous.''--Robert Benchley

ISBN: 9780226042183

359 pages

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