Robert Benchley


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drama critic, humorist, and actor, after graduating from Harvard (1912) wrote for New York newspapers and magazines, and was theater critic of Life (1920–29) and The New Yorker (1929–40). His sketches of the tribulations of the average man are collected in 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 (1930), No Poems (1932), From Bed to Worse (1934), My Ten Years in a Quandary (1936), After 1903– What? (1938), Inside Benchley (1942), and Benchley Beside Himself (1943). He also played in motion pictures and on the radio.

Subjects: Literature.

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