Robert Benchley Further Reading

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(Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism)

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Benchley, Nathaniel. Robert Benchley. New York: McGraw-Hill Book Company, 1955, 258 p.

Study of Robert Benchley's life and work written by his son. Includes a chronological list of Benchley's movies and eight pages of photographs.

Masson, Thomas L. "Robert C. Benchley," in his Our American Humorists, pp. 47-52. Freeport, N. Y.: Books for Libraries Press, Inc., 1931.

Brief biographical sketch plus text of Benchley's essay "The Social Life of the Newt."

Rosmond, Babette. Robert Benchley: His Life and Good Times. New York: Doubleday & Company, 1970, 239 p.

Biography of Benchley featuring numerous drawings by Gluyas Williams.


Pinsker, Sanford. "Comedy and Cultural Timing: The Lessons of Robert Benchley and Woody Allen." The Georgia Review XLII, No. 4 (Winter 1988): pp. 822-37.

Comparative analysis of the two American humorists.

Redding, Robert. Starring Robert Benchley: "Those Magnificent Movie Shorts. "Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 1973, 209 p.

Overview of Benchley's work as a writer and actor in Hollywood short films and features.

Yates, Norris W. Robert Benchley. New York: Twayne Publishers, 1968, 175 p.

Critical study of Benchley's work as a writer. Yates includes a chronology of Benchley's life and career and a selected bibliography of obscure essays.

Additional coverage of Benchley's life and career is contained in the following sources published by Gale Research: Contemporary Authors, Vol. 105; Dictionary of Literary Biography, Vol. 11; and Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism, Vol. 1.