Robert Benchley was a prankster. Among his practice jokes, he left a note for the milkman at Grant's Tomb, and left two Beacon Hill Boston families in confusion as to the origin and ownership of a sofa (which is why "We've Come for the Davenport" is the name of the Boston Chapter of the Robert Benchley Society.
With April Fools' Day just ten days away, I invite Society members, friends, and followers, to submit suggested short essays or excerpts from longer works, that contain a practical joke. Your submissions will be collected into a list to be posted on the Robert Benchley Society blog and Facebook page.
Each submission must include:
- The name of the author,
- the name of the work (is okay to submit your own work),
- the date of the work, and
- a link to the work so people can read it.
Optionally, a brief sentence on why you chose this particular piece.
The list of your submissions will be published on the eve of April Fools' Day.
To submit, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.