New Book edited by Thomas Saunders: 105 articles by Robert C. Benchley, American humorist, that originally appeared in the Detroit Athletic Club News.

Robert C. Benchley, America’s greatest humorist, was famous for being one of the members of the Algonquin Round Table and for writing hysterical pieces for Vanity Fair, Life, and many other publications.

Robert C. Benchley, Father of Nonsense', illustrated by Gluyas Williams.Robert Benchley was the Drama Critic for Life for years and Benchley's reviews of plays were required reading for the New York theater public. Robert Benchley went on to make many movies, with a list of Hollywood stars that no one else could claim, and was known for his books of short hilarious articles.

What most people do not realize is that Robert Benchley, and the most famous and talented writers in the 20th country, also wrote for The Detroit Athletic Club News, the monthly house organ for members of that legendary auto and advertising club.

For years the Detroit Athletic Club News brought to its readers, who were and are the leaders of American industry and commerce, not only Club doings in athletics and the arts, but writers who dominated the scene in plays, novels, humor, news journals and articles.

Perhaps the most beloved Detroit Athletic Club News writer was Robert Benchley, commentator on the impedimenta of daily life.


Now, for the first time, Robert Benchley’s articles written for the Detroit Athletic Club News are available to the public.

 

Presenting:  The Athletic Benchley
105 Exercises from the Detroit Athletic Club News

These articles, in their original presentation and with the original artwork,
are sure to recruit new fans for Robert C. Benchley's humor - the "Master of Nonsense".

 

Page header illustration by Burt Thomas for a Robert C. Benchley article that appeared in the Detroit Athletic Club News in 1927.


Famous Robert Benchley pieces in their original form are here, along with articles that have never before been seen outside the membership of the Detroit Athletic Club.

A partial Table of Contents includes:

  • WHAT TO DO WHILE THE FAMILY IS AWAY

  • WELCOME HOME-AND SHUT UP

  • NEW THINGS IN THE THEATER (JUST ABOUT THE SAME, THANK YOU)

  • HOW TO WATCH FOOTBALL

  • HERE COME THE CHILDRENRobert Benchley wrote for Detroit Athletic Club News. The book 'The Athletic Benchley' contains many original illustrations like this one by Rea Irvin.

  • A CHEERY LOOK BACKWARD IN RETROSPECT

  • A MIDWINTER SPORT CARNIVAL

  • THE SHAKESPEARE SEASON

  • “HOWDY, NEIGHBOR”

  • THE LURE OF THE ROD

  • THE CHURCH SUPPER

  • SOMETHING NEW IN SUMMER WEAR

  • KIDDIE-KAR TRAVEL

  • PRIZE BREEDING

  • STARTING THE FURNACE

  • CARNIVAL TIME IN SUNNY LAS LOS

  • And the ever popular UNCLE EDITH STORIES

Each of Robert Benchley's articles is presented in its original format, with illustrations from the day's most popular illustrators, including: Rea Irvin, Burt Thomas, Ralph Barton, Herb Roth, R. F. Heinrich, Constantine Aladjalov, Don Herald and the incomparable Gluyas Willams.
 


 



The "Father of Nonsense"

The Athletic Benchley, a book edited by Thomas Saunders and published by Glendower Media, features articles written for the Detroit Athletic Club News by Robert C. Benchley.



Typifying the rise of sophisticated humor (the transition from pie-in-the-face gags to the use of nonsense words), Robert Benchley's humor has long been enjoyed and revered.

In fact, Benchley’s pieces have become the foundation for generations of comics, writers and commentators. 

Pulitzer Prize winners (Dave Barry), Academy Award winners (Woody Allen), Avery Hopwood winners and television and movie writers all hail Robert Benchley as the Father of Nonsense for its own sake.

Benchley is heralded as the inventor of the Rant against all things inanimate and a man dedicated to letting the air out of the tires of the pompous, while keeping a watchful eye on his martini.



Now, 105 of Robert Benchley's essays, written from 1920 - 1933 and reprinted in their original format, are available in Glendower Media's new book:

The Athletic Benchley, 105 Exercises from the Detroit Athletic Club News


A page from 'The Athletic Benchley, 105 Exercises from the Detroit Athletic Club News', edited by Thomas Saunders and featuring articles by Robert C. Benchley.
 

'The Athletic Benchley', edited  by Thomas Saunders, features a collection of articles by Robert C. Benchley, which first appeared in the Detroit Athletic Club News.


 

The Athletic Benchley is available in both hard and soft cover editions.

Order now and receive your copy of this historically important yet lighthearted book of Robert Benchley's humor.

Some of these articles have never been seen except by Detroit Athletic Club members.

Some were modified to appear in Robert Benchley's books.
 

Now, for the first time, the original versions
of 105 of Robert Benchley's Detroit Athletic Club News articles
- with the original illustrations -
are available in book form.


 

THE ATHLETIC BENCHLEY
105 Exercises from the Detroit Athletic Club News

258 pages

8 1/2" x 11"

Including:

  • introduction by Ken Voyles, current editor of the DAC News

  • original covers from the DAC news

  • pieces by Donald Ogden Stewart and Don Herold about Robert Benchley

  • selected pieces from DAC News columns, like Heard in the Lobby and We Nominate for Our Own Hall of Fame, that mention Robert Benchley

  • original illustrations

  • information on how to join the Robert Benchley society

 

Plus . . .

Be among the first 500 people to purchase The Athletic Benchley
and receive a free copy of the 2009 Benchley Award Winner
Ed Tasca's new comic novel, Lub Dub: 
"Love stories wrapped up like a valentine
into one long, frantic chase scene."

Tasca's work has appeared in humor publications in the U.S., Canada and Mexico.
Lub Dub is his 4th novel.

152 page paperback, 5" x 8"

Roseheart Publishing

 

And . . .

100% Money Back Guarantee

If you are not fully satisfied with The Athletic Benchley,
return the book within 30 days for a full refund.

 

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Order the Hard Cover Version - $36.95 + Shipping

 

Order the Soft Cover Version - $28.95 + Shipping


 

"Way to go. Another generation gets to discover SOB (Sweet Old Bob)."

- Horace Digby, 2005 Robert Benchley Award Winner

 


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