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- DescriptionWith the cooperation of Benchley family members, and using diaries and correspondence and much archival material, Gehring has written a fresh and lively biography of humorist Robert Benchley. Kwn for his development of the comic anti-hero in essays, columns, film scripts, as a screen actor, and on stage and radio, Benchley emerges as a fascinating individual whose significance as a pivotal American humorist is fully documented. Benchley's times and places--including New York's Algonquin Round-Table set of the 1920s and Hollywood in the 1930s and 1940s--are colorfully depicted, and there are interesting glimpses of friends and colleagues such as Dorothy Parker, S. J. Perelman, Donald Ogdon Stewart, and Groucho Marx. The flavor of Benchley comes through t only in observations and anecdotes but in a section reprinting ten of his letters, six of his Life Drama columns, and a collage of his published comments on favorite comedians. Author Gehring also provides an antated bibliography of Benchley's books and selected shorter works and a bibliography of books and articles about him, a chrology of events highlighting his life and career, an antated filmography, and a selected discography. Illustrations include photographs spanning Benchley's career and reproductions of his own sketches and cartoons. Mindful of Benchley's warning t to get too serious over laughter, Gehring has produced a thorough critical and bibliographical examination of a comic persona, which is also a fond celebration of a great humorist.
- Author BiographyWES D. GEHRING is Professor of Film at Ball State University where he specializes in film comedy. A humor essayist, columnist, and poet, he has published numerous scholarly articles in the Journal of Popular Film and Television, Literature/Film Quarterly, Studies in American Humor and Thalia: Studies in Literary Humor. He is the editor and chief contributor of the Handbook of American Film Genres (Greenwood, 1988) and the author of bio-bibliographical studies of Charlie Chaplin, W.C. Fields, The Marx Brothers, and Laurel and Hardy (Greenwood, 1983, 1984, 1987, 1990). He is currently working on individual film genre studies of populism, black humor, and parody to complement his earlier Screwball Comedy: A Genre of Madcap Romance (Greenwood, 1986) as well as an exploration of comic personality and a biography of comedian Red Skelton. He also authored Leo McCarey and the Comic Anti-Hero in American Film (1980).
- Author(s)Wes D. Gehring
- Date of Publication21/10/1992
- SubjectBiography: General
- Place of PublicationWestport
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintGreenwood Press
- Content Note1, black & white illustrations
- Weight579 g
- Width156 mm
- Height234 mm
- Spine17 mm
- Format DetailsLaminated cover
- Edition Statementannotated edition
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