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Book Title: Of All Things|
The author of the book: Robert Benchley
Edition: Common Reader
Date of issue: March 1st 2001
Format files: PDF
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ISBN 13: 9781888173611
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OF ALL THINGS! (1921). Robert Benchley. ****.
Best known as a writer and film actor, Robert was the start of the Benchley line – Nathaniel, then Peter. Robert was a member of the Algonquin Round Table and was a popular humorist of his time. The pieces in this collection were acknowledged by the author as follows:
“These sketches appeared originally in Vanity Fair, The New York Tribune Sunday Magazine, Collier’s Weekly, Life, and Motor Print, all but two of these magazines immediately afterward having either discontinued publication or changed hands. To tghose which ae old enough to remember, and to the new managements of the others, the author offers grateful acknowledgment for permission to reprint the material in this book. (As a matter of fact, permission was never asked, but they probably won’t mind anyway.)”
You probably won’t find an acknowledgment like that anywhere else. The sketches included are relatively short and deal with common everyday situations that we all bump into during the course of our lives, like: “The Tortures of Week-End Visiting,” “Thoughts on Fuel Saving,” and “A Piece of Roast Beef.” The humor is, unfortunately, dated, but still there in a tongue-in-cheek way. Having seen a few of Mr. Benchley’s short films, I can imagine him sitting at a table and recounting these tales to the watcher. It’s a cold humor that takes some thinking about in most cases. Others are simply silly by today’s standards, but standards of humor change over the years. Recommended.
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Read information about the authorRobert Charles Benchley was an American humorist best known for his work as a newspaper columnist and film actor. From his beginnings at the Harvard Lampoon while attending Harvard University, through his many years writing essays and articles for Vanity Fair and The New Yorker, and his acclaimed short films, Benchley's style of humor brought him respect and success during his life, from New York City and his peers at the Algonquin Round Table to contemporaries in the burgeoning film industry.
Benchley is best remembered for his contributions to The New Yorker, where his essays, whether topical or absurdist, influenced many modern humorists. He also made a name for himself in Hollywood, when his short film How to Sleep was a popular success and won Best Short Subject at the 1935 Academy Awards, and his many memorable appearances in films such as Alfred Hitchcock's Foreign Correspondent and a dramatic turn in Nice Girl?. His legacy includes written work and numerous short film appearances.
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