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Robert Benchley (1889–1945)

Forfatter af Chips off the Old Benchley

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Robert Benchley, 1899 - 1945 Writer and actor Robert Benchley was born on September 15, 1899 in Worcester, Massachusetts. Benchley was best known for being a humorist and comedian. While an undergraduate at Harvard University, he gave his first comedic performance impersonating a befuddled vis mere after-dinner speaker. He became a campus celebrity and he landed the position of editor of the Harvard Lampoon. Benchley worked as a drama critic at Life magazine in 1920. Under the pseudonym Guy Fawkes, he wrote The Wayward Press column for The New Yorker. He also briefly served as managing editor for Vanity Fair where his lieutenants were Dorothy Parker and Robert E. Sherwood. He quit in protest to the firing of Parker. The three of them were among the regulars of the Algonquin Round Table, which was a social circle of New York wits that included Harpo Marx and George Kaufman. As a member of the Algonquin Round Table, he became a poplular radio personality, film actor and screenwriter. Several of Benchley's humorous monologues were performed in short films, which include "The Treasurer's Report" (1928). His comic sketches were collected in fifteen volumes, including "My Ten Years in a Quandary, and How They Grew" (1936) and "Benchley Beside Himself" (1943). His son Nathaniel edited a collection of his essays, "The Benchley Roundup" (1954) and published a biography of his father in 1955. Robert Benchley died in 1945. (Bowker Author Biography) vis mindre
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Værker af Robert Benchley

Chips off the Old Benchley (1949) 231 eksemplarer, 5 anmeldelser
The Benchley Roundup: A Selection by Nathaniel Benchley of his Favorites (1933) — Forfatter — 228 eksemplarer, 2 anmeldelser
My Ten Years in a Quandary and How They Grew (1936) 199 eksemplarer, 3 anmeldelser
Benchley Lost and Found (1970) 107 eksemplarer, 1 anmeldelse
The Best of Robert Benchley (1996) 90 eksemplarer, 2 anmeldelser
Love Conquers All (1922) 75 eksemplarer, 2 anmeldelser
Of All Things! (2001) 73 eksemplarer, 1 anmeldelse
Benchley Beside Himself (1930) 68 eksemplarer, 1 anmeldelse
Inside Benchley (1942) 64 eksemplarer, 2 anmeldelser
Benchley or Else (1947) 43 eksemplarer, 1 anmeldelse
Pluck and Luck (1925) 37 eksemplarer, 1 anmeldelse
Benchley at the Theatre: Dramatic Criticism, 1920-1940 (1985) 35 eksemplarer, 1 anmeldelse
After 1903--what? (1938) 30 eksemplarer
The Early Worm (1923) 28 eksemplarer
From Bed to Worse (1934) 21 eksemplarer
Le Supplice des Week-Ends (1981) 21 eksemplarer, 1 anmeldelse
Good Old Fashioned Christmas (1981) 15 eksemplarer
No poems; or, Around the world backwards and sideways, (1932) 13 eksemplarer, 1 anmeldelse
The Bedside Manner (1952) 6 eksemplarer
Les Enfants, pourquoi faire ? (2011) 6 eksemplarer
Remarquable, n'est-ce pas? (2008) 6 eksemplarer
One Minute Please (1970) 6 eksemplarer
Pourquoi je déteste Noël (2011) 4 eksemplarer
Démence précoce (2007) 3 eksemplarer
L'économie, pour quoi faire ? (2015) 3 eksemplarer
The Sunday Menace 2 eksemplarer
The best of Benchley. (1983) 2 eksemplarer
An Hour for lunch 1 eksemplar
Bits and Pieces (2017) 1 eksemplar
Do Insects Think? 1 eksemplar
Benchley's Best (1991) 1 eksemplar

Associated Works

The Art of the Personal Essay (1994) — Bidragyder — 1,386 eksemplarer, 9 anmeldelser
Fierce Pajamas: An Anthology of Humor Writing from The New Yorker (2001) — Bidragyder — 716 eksemplarer, 6 anmeldelser
The Best of Modern Humor (1983) — Bidragyder — 294 eksemplarer, 2 anmeldelser
A Subtreasury of American Humor (1941) — Bidragyder — 279 eksemplarer, 3 anmeldelser
Russell Baker's Book of American Humor (1993) — Bidragyder — 209 eksemplarer
This Is My Best (1942) — Bidragyder — 190 eksemplarer
The Best American Humorous Short Stories (1945) — Bidragyder — 86 eksemplarer, 2 anmeldelser
The Reluctant Dragon [1941 film] (1941) — Actor — 67 eksemplarer, 1 anmeldelse
American Christmas Stories (2021) — Bidragyder — 62 eksemplarer
Desert Island Decameron (1945) — Bidragyder — 57 eksemplarer
100 Hilarious Little Howlers (1999) — Bidragyder — 54 eksemplarer
I Married a Witch [1942 film] (1942) — Actor — 52 eksemplarer, 2 anmeldelser
The Bedside Tales: A Gay Collection (1945) — Bidragyder — 46 eksemplarer
Prose and Poetry for Appreciation (1934) — Bidragyder, nogle udgaver44 eksemplarer
Food Tales: A Literary Menu of Mouthwatering Masterpieces (1992) — Bidragyder — 39 eksemplarer, 1 anmeldelse
Through the Alimentary Canal with Gun and Camera (1930) — Introduktion, nogle udgaver36 eksemplarer, 2 anmeldelser
An American Omnibus (1933) — Bidragyder — 31 eksemplarer
Road to Utopia [1945 film] (1945) — Fortæller — 24 eksemplarer, 1 anmeldelse
Chucklebait (1945) — Bidragyder — 14 eksemplarer
The World of Law, Volume I : The Law in Literature (1960) — Bidragyder — 12 eksemplarer
Joe, the Wounded Tennis Player (1945) — Introduktion, nogle udgaver9 eksemplarer
World's Great Humorous Stories (1944) — Bidragyder — 9 eksemplarer
The Bob Hope and Bing Crosby Road to Comedy Collection (2012) — Fortæller — 8 eksemplarer
Tall Short Stories (1960) — Bidragyder — 8 eksemplarer
Time to Be Young: Great Stories of the Growing Years (1945) — Bidragyder — 7 eksemplarer
The bear went over the mountain (1964) — Bidragyder — 6 eksemplarer
Dealers Choice: The Worlds Greatest Poker Stories (1955) — Bidragyder — 6 eksemplarer
The Fireside Treasury of Modern Humor (1963) — Bidragyder — 5 eksemplarer
1935 Essay Annual — Bidragyder — 4 eksemplarer
The Bathroom Reader (1946) — Bidragyder — 3 eksemplarer
Walt Disney's Story of The Reluctant Dragon (1941) — Introduktion — 3 eksemplarer
Young and Willing [1943 film] (1943) — Actor — 3 eksemplarer
See Here, Private Hargrove [1944 film] (1944) — Actor — 2 eksemplarer, 1 anmeldelse
Baby Weems [1941 short film] — Introduktion, nogle udgaver2 eksemplarer
Bedside Bedlam (Quick Reader 137) (1945) — Bidragyder — 2 eksemplarer
Reader's Digest 1962--October (1962) — Bidragyder — 1 eksemplar
The Sky's the Limit [1943 film] (1943) — Actor — 1 eksemplar
American Humor and Satire (1992) — Bidragyder — 1 eksemplar
14 American Masterpieces Vol.1 — Bidragyder — 1 eksemplar
The Avon Annual 1945: 18 Great Modern Stories (1945) — Bidragyder — 1 eksemplar
How to Be a Detective [1936 short film] (1936) 1 eksemplar, 1 anmeldelse

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Kanonisk navn
Benchley, Robert
Juridisk navn
Benchley, Robert Charles
Fødselsdato
1889-09-15
Dødsdag
1945-11-21
Begravelsessted
Prospect Hill Cemetery, Nantucket, Massachusetts, USA
Køn
male
Nationalitet
USA
Fødested
Worcester, Massachusetts, USA
Dødssted
New York, New York, USA
Dødsårsag
cerebral hemorrhage
Bopæl
New York, New York, USA
Uddannelse
Harvard University (BA|1913)
Erhverv
columnist
actor
screenwriter
drama critic
Relationer
Benchley, Nathaniel (son)
Benchley, Peter (grandson)
Organisationer
Algonquin Round Table
New York Tribune
Vanity Fair
Life
The New Yorker
King Features Syndicate (vis alle 9)
RKO Pictures
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Paramount Pictures
Priser og hædersbevisninger
Hollywood Walk of Fame (1960)
Academy Award for Best Short Subject (1935)
Kort biografi
Robert Benchley, humorist, critic, actor, writer and director was born in 1889 in Worcester, Massachusetts. His writing career began as early as his college days as president of the LAMPOON, in which he wrote many articles. His reputation as a humorist grew when he became editor of the New York Tribune's Sunday Magazine. During the 1920's he was the dramatic editor for both Life Magazine and the New Yorker. His career also included writing, acting and directing for MGM.

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Read it a while ago. Some of the humor is dated, as you'd imagine with stuff written in the 20's and 30's but some of it surprisingly holds up.
I think I was aware of Benchley via the 90's biopic of Dorothy Parker. He was her colleague & friend (& maybe lover? can't remember) and also a dry wit humorist member of Algonquin Round Table and writer for New Yorker (one of the first I think.)
 
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dtscheme | 1 anden anmeldelse | Oct 18, 2020 |
I don't appreciate much of the old New Yorker humor, but there's a lot of James Thurber I love, and I'll read anything by Bob Benchley that I can find, too.
 
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Cheryl_in_CC_NV | 4 andre anmeldelser | Jun 6, 2016 |
These essays are too light-weight for my current tastes.
 
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aulsmith | Sep 2, 2015 |

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