Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Book Note

Altman, Billy. Laughter's Gentle Soul: The Life of Robert Benchley. W.W. Norton and Company, 1997.

Largely a reprise of previously published matter. Has more detail about RB's Hollywood period than other biographies. Unfortunately, lack of proofreading and
fact checking undermines the work. See the errata sheet prepared by William Hyder founder of The Lost Locomotive chapter of the Robert Benchley Society.

382 pages (with index), with 19 pages of (poor quality) reproductions of photographs. Poor quality reproductions of Gluyas Williams illustrations head each chapter. List of books and movie appearances of Benchley. Selected bibliography. (DT)

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