Robert Benchley
by Nathaniel Benchley

A fond and appreciative biography by RBís first son, who pretty much followed in his footsteps at Exeter, Harvard, and writing for magazines in NYC. His son is a big fan and this book is just the sort of biography fans of RB like me are bound to relish. I was surprised to learn that RB was a tea toter and an enthusiastic supporter of Prohibition. I was less surprised to learn he was a pacifist, had thoroughly middle-class Victorian moral values, and was religious. According to NB, RB died of a brain hemorrhage, not cirrhosis of the liver.

Year Read: 2003


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