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Nathaniel Benchley (November 13, 1915 — December 14, 1981) was an American author.

Born in Newton, Massachusetts to a literary family, he was the son of Gertrude Darling and Robert Benchley (1889-1945), the noted American writer, humorist, critic, actor, and one of the founders of the Algonquin Round Table in New York City.

Nathaniel Benchley was the highly-respected author of many children's/juvenile books that provided learning for the youthful readers with stories of various animals or through the book's historical settings. Benchley dealt with diverse locales and topics such as "Bright Candles", which recounts the experiences of a 16-year-old Danish boy during the German occupation of his country in World War II; and "Small Wolf", a story about a Native American boy who meets white men on the island of Manhattan and learns that their ideas about land are different from those of his own peoples'.

Film director/producer, Norman Jewison made Benchley's 1961 novel The Off-Islanders into a motion picture titled The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming for which he received the nomination for an Academy Award for Writing Adapted Screenplay. He was a close friend of actor Humphrey Bogart and wrote his biography in 1975.

Benchley's novel Welcome to Xanadu was made into the 1975 motion picture Sweet Hostage.

His elder son, Peter Benchley (1940-2006), was a writer best known for writing the novel Jaws and the screenplay of the 1975 Steven Spielberg film made from it. His younger son, Nat Benchley, is a writer and actor who has portrayed his grandfather, Robert Benchley, in a one-man, semi-biographical stage show, "Benchley Despite Himself". The show was a compilation of Robert Benchley's best monologues, short films, radio rantings and pithy pieces as recalled, edited, and acted by his grandson Nat, and combined with family reminiscences and friends' perspectives."

Nathaniel Benchley died in 1981 in Boston, Massachusetts and was interred in the family plot at Prospect Hill Cemetery in Nantucket.

Partial bibliography, children/juvenile books:
  • Sinbad the Sailor (1960)
  • Red Fox and His Canoe (1964)
  • Oscar Otter (1966)
  • The Strange Disappearance of Arthur Cluck (1967)
  • Ghost Named Fred (1968)
  • Sam the Minuteman (1969)
  • The Several Tricks of Edgar Dolphin (1970)
  • Feldman Fieldmouse: A Fable (1971)
  • The Magic Sled (1972)
  • Small Wolf (1972)
  • Only Earth and Sky Last Forever (1972)
  • The Deep Dives of Stanley Whale (1973)
  • Bright Candles: A Novel of the Danish Resistance (1974)
  • Beyond the Mists (1975)
  • Snorri and the Strangers (1976)
  • Kilroy and the Gull (1977)
  • George the Drummer Boy (1977)
  • Running Owl the Hunter (1979)
  • Walter, the Homing Pigeon (1981)
  • Welcome to Xanadu (1968)
Partial bibliography, novels (unless otherwise noted):

  • Robert Benchley: A Biography(1955)
  • Sail a Crooked Ship (1960)
  • The Off-Islanders (1961)
  • Catch a Falling Spy (1964)
  • A Winter's Tale (1964)
  • The Visitors (1965)
  • The Monument (1966)
  • Welcome to Xanadu (1968)
  • The Wake of the Icarus (1969)
  • Lassiter's Folly (1971)
  • A Necessary End: A Novel of World War II (1976)
  • Sweet Anarchy (1979)
  • Portrait of a Scoundrel (1979)
  • All Over Again (1981)
  • Speakeasy (1982)
Partial bibliography, short stories:
  • "Short cut" The New Yorker 25/49 (28 January 1950) : 26-29
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Total Books: 113
Red Fox and His Canoe
2009 - Red Fox and His Canoe [I Can Read Series] (Other)
ISBN-13: 9781442005167
ISBN-10: 1442005165

Small Wolf
1999 - Small Wolf [I Can Read Book, An: Level 3] (Other)
ISBN-13: 9780785732044
ISBN-10: 0785732047
Genre: Children's Books

Oscar Otter
1999 - Oscar Otter [I Can Read Book] (Other)
ISBN-13: 9780808593836
ISBN-10: 0808593838
Genre: Children's Books

George the Drummer Boy
1999 - George the Drummer Boy [I Can Read Books Harper Hardcover] (Other)
ISBN-13: 9780808594352
ISBN-10: 0808594354

Sam the Minuteman
1999 - Sam the Minuteman [I Can Read Books Harper Hardcover] (Other)
ISBN-13: 9780808594451
ISBN-10: 0808594451
Genre: Children's Books

A Ghost Named Fred
1997 - A Ghost Named Fred (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover, Audio Cassette
ISBN-13: 9780060204730
ISBN-10: 0060204737
Genre: Children's Books
  • Currently 3/5 Stars.

Small Wolf
1994 - Small Wolf [I Can Read Book 3] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780064441803
ISBN-10: 0064441806
Genre: Children's Books
  • Currently 4.3/5 Stars.

Only Earth and Sky Last Forever
1992 - Only Earth and Sky Last Forever (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780844665832
ISBN-10: 0844665835
Genre: Children's Books
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

Sam the Minuteman Book and Tape
1991 - Sam the Minuteman Book and Tape [I Can Read Book 3] (Audio Cassette)
ISBN-13: 9781559943543
ISBN-10: 1559943548
Genre: Children's Books

Sam the Minuteman
1987 - Sam the Minuteman [I Can Read, Level 3] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780064441070
ISBN-10: 0064441075
Genre: Children's Books
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.

1981 - Snip (Other)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780385159982
ISBN-10: 0385159986

Demo and the Dolphin
1981 - Demo and the Dolphin (Other)
ISBN-13: 9780060205096
ISBN-10: 0060205091
Genre: Children's Books

Oscar Otter
1980 - Oscar Otter [I Can Read Book 1] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780064440257
ISBN-10: 0064440257
Genre: Children's Books
  • Currently 3/5 Stars.

Several Tricks of Edgar Dolphin
1980 - Several Tricks of Edgar Dolphin [I Can Read] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780437960429
ISBN-10: 0437960420

The Strange Disappearance of Arthur Cluck
1979 - The Strange Disappearance of Arthur Cluck [I Can Read Book] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780064440240
ISBN-10: 0064440249
Genre: Children's Books

Kilroy and the Gull
1979 - Kilroy and the Gull (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780200726009
ISBN-10: 0200726005

Sweet  Anarchy
1979 - Sweet Anarchy (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780385148672
ISBN-10: 0385148674
Genre: Literature & Fiction
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.

Portrait of a scoundrel
1979 - Portrait of a Scoundrel (Other)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780816130092
ISBN-10: 0816130094

A Necessary End A Novel of World War II
1976 - A Necessary End a Novel of World War II (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780060204983
ISBN-10: 0060204982
Genres: Children's Books, History

1975 - Sweet Hostage (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780671803667
ISBN-10: 0671803662
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.

Humphrey Bogart
1975 - Humphrey Bogart (Other)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780316088862
ISBN-10: 0316088862
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment
  • Currently 3/5 Stars.

1966 - Oscar Otter [I Can Read Book] (Other)
Running Owl the Hunter [An I can read history book] (Hardcover)
Snorri and the Strangers [A History 'I Can Read' book] (Hardcover)
Strange Disappearance of Arthur Cluck [I Can Read Mystery Book] (Other)
The Magic Sled [Harpercrest] (Other)
Feldman Fieldmouse [Grasshopper Books] (Hardcover)Paperback
Dino Der Delphin [Reinbeker Kinderbucher] (Paperback)