I have a Benchley mysters. I am researching an illustrator, Frank Kelly Freas. I have come across a interior illustration he did for Benchley's The Woolen Mitten Situation, an essay.
It is dated by the artist as 1958.
I have found that this essay was published in books in 1928 and 1942.
Do you know of any other collections which would have included that essay in the 1950's or 1960's?
The Robert Benchley Society responded:
Thank you for contacting the Robert Benchley Society.
According to Benchley scholar Gordon Ernst (Robert Benchley: An Annotated Bibliography, Greenwood Press, 1995) "The Woolen Mitten Situation" was originally published by the Association of National Advertisers Through the Courtesy of the Champion Coated Paper Company (1926) as a speech given by Benchley to the Association in Atlantic City, N.J. on November 9, 1926.
It was subsequently published in two books of essays during Benchley's life:
--20,000 Leagues under the Sea, or David Copperfield (1928) beginning on page 212.
--Inside Benchley (1942) beginning on page 298.
This illustration is possibly from a later humor anthology or magazine printing of the essay. They are numerous and difficult to identify.