Peter Benchley, Author of "Jaws," Opens Exhibition of His Life’s Work at Boston University
(BOSTON) – Peter Benchley, author of “Jaws,” will speak about his life and career at the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center at Boston University, opening his new exhibition, PETER BENCHLEY: Three Decades of Writing the Sea. The exhibition will be open to the public from October 1 through November 10 on the main floor of Boston University’s Mugar Library, 771 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston.
Included in the exhibition are first editions and manuscript pages from a number of Benchley’s works including “Jaws,” “The Island,” and “Beast;” as well as film scripts and photographs.
Benchley’s longtime fascination with the sea became part of literary history in 1974 when his first novel, “Jaws”, found its place on the New York Times Best Seller list for more than 40 weeks. The film based on “Jaws” by Steven Spielberg was nominated for four Academy Awards and won three. The sea became a recurring theme in Benchley’s work with “The Deep,” “The Island,” and “The Girls of the Sea of Cortez,” and continuing with the more recent “Ocean Planet” and “Shark Trouble.”
Benchley’s personal archive is housed at the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center along with the archives of more than 2,000 other notable figures of the twentieth century, including those of his father Nathaniel, a novelist and reporter for the New York Herald Tribune and Newsweek during the 1940s; and grandfather Robert, a humorist, actor, and member of the Algonquin Round Table, who wrote for Vanity Fair and the New Yorker in the 1920s.