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A Week in Literary History

September 15th, 2002

American humorist Robert Benchley (The American Roundup, 1954) is born in Worcester, Mass. in 1889.

Robert Benchley, b. September 15, 1889, d. 1945

benchleyfireman.jpgHaving gained fame as a writer of wacky humorous pieces for The New Yorker, Benchley increasingly turned his pen to writing for movies. He also appeared as a funny character actor in many films and even won an Oscar for the short subject How to Sleep. He is best read now in collections of his short, hilarious, and inimitable pieces.

Suggested Reading Collections Of All Things, 1921. Love Conquers All, 1922. Pluck and Luck, 1925. The Early Worm, 1927. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea; or, David Copperfield, 1928. The Treasurer’s Report, and Other Aspects of Community Singing, 1930. From Bed to Worse; or, Comforting Thoughts About the Bison, 1934. My Ten Years in a Quandary, and How They Grew, 1936. After 1903 — What? 1938.

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