black and white head shot of Robert Benchley looking thoughtful with his hand to his chin

Robert Benchley

(1889 - 1945)

Along with Robert Sherwood, Robert Benchley resigned from Vanity Fair in 1920 to protest the magazine’s firing of Dorothy Parker; the three friends soon became members of the Algonquin Round Table. Of the small office he at one time shared with Parker, he remarked, “One cubic foot less of space, and it would have constituted adultery.” Benchley served as the drama critic for The New Yorker from 1929 to 1940. Having taken actor David Niven’s advice to visit Venice, Benchley wired back on arrival, “Streets full of water. Advise.” 

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Tell us your phobias and we will tell you what you are afraid of.

—Robert Benchley, 1935

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