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JAWS In the novel Jaws written by Peter Benchley Critics are correct when they claim that the novel has a lack of characterization the book is used as an escape Benchley is a master of suspense writing the novel displays the facts of Great Whites and critics claim that the novel also displays formuliac plotting and is an allusion to classic fish tales such as Herman Melvilles Moby Dick and Hemingways The Old Man and the Sea Critics need to loosen up on irritating Benchley with obvious but not intentional comparison to fish tales and sub plotting Peter Benchley was born 1940 may 8 in New York He is the son of a very literary oriented family His father Nathaniel Goddard was also an author Benchley was educated at Harvard University Some of Benchleys interests are Divingtennis wildlife the theater and films In addition to all this Benchley has a love for the ocean Benchley has been a novelist a reporter an editor staff assistance to the president and has worked in the White House doing other various things There is a particular interesting moment in Benchleys life When he was working in the White House the president picked up some of his work to read it and said something along the lines of Bull shit The president basically called it trash The majority of his novels are closely related to the ocean if not in the ocean An example of some of these are The Beast or White Shark Both of those of which were made into screen plays He also wrote a childrens book called Jonathan Visits the White House One of Benchleys greatest successes is that his novel Jaws was on the New York Times best-seller list for over forty weeks This made him the most successful first novelist in literary history Jaws the motion picture was so successful that there was were sequels Jaws 2 Jaws
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