Peter Benchley (8 May, 1940 – 11 February, 2006) was an American author and screenwriter, mostly known for his novel Jaws and subsequent screenplays adapting the story.
2) After graduation from college, Mr. Benchley traveled around the world for a year, an experience which led to his first book, Time and a Ticket (1964), a travel memoir.
4) The first novel Mr. Benchley wrote was Jaws – but it took more than ten years to write.
5) The Doubleday editor who met with the author didn’t care for his idea of a non-fiction book about pirates, but loved the man eating shark terrorizing a community pitch. It is said that Mr. Benchley wrote a page in the Doubleday offices and immediately got an advance check.
6) Frank Mundus, Montauk charterboat captain, who caught several great white sharks in Long Island and Block Island inspired Jaws.
7) The first draft of Jaws was… funny.
8) The title Jaws was settled on minutes before the book was sent to production.
10) In his last years, Mr. Benchley was a devoted ocean conservationist.
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