Peter Bradford Benchley (May 8, 1940 – February 11, 2006) After graduating from Harvard in 1961, Peter Benchley worked as a reporter for The Washington Post, then as an editor at Newsweek and a speechwriter in the White House. Jaws was his first novel and became a bestseller. It was followed by seven other novels, the nonfiction Shark Trouble, and dozens of magazine articles and television documentaries about the sea. In addition to writing, he worked full-time as a marine conservationist, speaking to audiences around the world and preparing and appearing in many short films for aquariums and museums. Peter Benchley died in 2006.
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