Wednesday, July 9, 2008

The Whole Tooth, and Nothing But The Tooth.

Dear B.R.,

Thank you for contacting the Robert Benchley Society. In response to your inquiry–


In 1950, I was in a public speaking class at LA High School, and was entered in a speech contest at Redlands University. My teacher had me memorize "The Tooth, The Whole Tooth, and Nothing But The Tooth", by Robert Benchley. Now, with 24 grandchildren, I'd love to re-memorize it. Can you tell me if it is in "The Best of Robert Benchley", and if not, what of his works might it be in?? Any help would be much appreciated.

The essay is found in Love Conquers All, beginning on page 131, and in Inside Benchley, beginning on page 73.

A list of Benchley's essays showing what books they appear in as well as the table of contents of each book is available on our website at

Benchley's books are available for purchase on our website at

The complete test of Love Conquers All is available free on our website at

--David Trumbull, RBS

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