Jaws (Paperback)

Author: Benchley, Peter

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"Relentless terror." The Philadelphia Inquirer.
The classic, blockbuster thriller of man-eating terror that inspired the Steven Spielberg movie and made millions of beachgoers afraid to go into the water. Experience the thrill of helpless horror again -- or for the first time!

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Publisher Random House
Mfg Part# 9780449219638
SKU 30070541
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0449219631
Release Date 4/10/2007
Author Info
Peter Benchley
Born into a family with several prominent writers, Peter Benchley is the grandson of drama critic and humorist Robert Benchley and the son of novelist Nathaniel Benchley. Deciding early on to follow in their footsteps, Benchley worked as a journalist at several publications before becoming Lyndon Johnson's presidential speechwriter in 1967. It was not until 1974 that he found his true calling, when he published his debut novel, JAWS. The book became a New York Times bestseller almost immediately, and remained one for more than three years, making it the most successful debut novel ever written up until that time. The film version, based on a script co-written by Benchley (who had a walk-on scene in the film), became one of the highest grossing films of all-time. His subsequent novels, though not quite as popular as JAWS, have all done reasonably well, with most being filmed in one form or another. Benchley devotes much of his spare time to speaking and writing about the importance of environmental responsibility and preserving the oceans and seas.
Born into a family with several prominent writers, Peter Benchley was the grandson of drama critic and humorist Robert Benchley and the son of novelist Nathaniel Benchley. Deciding early on to follow in their footsteps, Benchley worked as a journalist at several publications before becoming Lyndon Johnson's presidential speechwriter in 1967. It was not until 1971 that he found his true calling, when he turned his fascination with sharks into his debut novel, JAWS. Published in 1974, the book became a New York Times bestseller almost immediately, and remained one for more than three years, making it the most successful debut novel ever written up until that time. The film version, based on a script co-written by Benchley (who had a walk-on scene in the film), became one of the highest grossing films of all-time. Several of his subsequent novels, which included THE DEEP, THE ISLAND, and BEAST, also invoked the sea. Though not quite as popular as JAWS, they all did reasonably well, with most being filmed in one form or another. Benchley devoted much of his spare time to speaking and writing about the importance of environmental responsibility and preserving the oceans and seas. He died on February 12, 2006, of pulmonary fibrosis, a lung disease.
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Annotation Gruff loner into fishing seeks elusive (but huge) shark for sea chase off the coast of Long Island.
Editors Note "Relentless terror." The Philadelphia Inquirer.The classic, blockbuster thriller of man-eating terror that inspired the Steven Spielberg movie and made millions of beachgoers afraid to go into the water. Experience the thrill of helpless horror again -- or for the first time!
Editors Note 2 It's out there in the water...waiting. Nature's most fearsome predator. The seaside community of Amity is at its mercy. A small-town police chief, a marine biologist, and a modern-day Ahab must try to stop it. But they are only three men...alone against the Great White Death.
Editors Note 3 When three people are killed by a great white shark in three different incidents, the police chief of a Long Island resort town is forced to take action
Editors Note 4 "Relentless terror." The Philadelphia Inquirer.The classic, blockbuster thriller of man-eating terror that inspired the Steven Spielberg movie and made millions of beachgoers afraid to go into the water. Experience the thrill of helpless horror again -- or for the first time!
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Book Format Pocketbook
Number of Pages 0288
Publisher Fawcett Books
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