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Eric Bentley

AKA Eric Russell Bentley

Born: 14-Sep-1916
Birthplace: Bolton, Lancashire, England

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Bisexual [1]
Occupation: Critic

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: The Life of the Drama


[1] Though involved in two marriages and the father of two, is primarily homosexual. "It's not that you went into a marriage knowing for certain you are gay and deceiving your wife. You went into a marriage, typically, not being certain and thinking that because you like or love a woman, you will very likely end up totally straight. And you had every reason to be straight in those days." Interview with The Advocate, 1991.

Father: Fred Bentley
Mother: Laure Eveleen
Wife: Maja Tschernjakow (div.)
Wife: Joanne Davis (m. 1953, twin sons)
Son: Eric
Son: Philips

    High School: Bolton School
    University:
BA, Oxford University (1938)
    University: Litt B, Oxford University (1939)
    University: PhD, Yale University (1941)
    Professor: Black Mountain College (1942-44)
    Professor: University of Minnesota (1944-48)
    Professor: SUNY Buffalo (1974-82)
    Professor: University of Maryland, College Park (1982-)

    The New Republic Theater Critic (1952-56)
    American Academy of Arts and Letters
    Guggenheim Fellowship 1948-49
    Guggenheim Fellowship 1967-68
    Naturalized US Citizen 1948

Author of books:
A Century of Hero Worship (1944)
The Playwright as Thinker (1946)
Bernard Shaw: A Reconsideration (1947)
In Search of Theater (1953)
The Life of the Drama (1964)
The Importance of Scrutiny (1964)
The Theory of the Modern Theatre (1968)
What is Theatre? Incorporating the Dramatic Event, and Other Reviiews, 1944-1967 (1968)
Theatre of War (1972)
Brecht Commentaries (1981)
Thinking About the Playwright (1987)
Bentley on Brecht (1998)


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