1968. Typed letter signed from novelist Peter Benchley to Daniel Selznick, dated October 24, 1968, on Benchley's personal Siasconset, Massachusetts stationery. At this point in time, Benchley had published only a nonfiction book titled "Time and a Ticket," but had conceived the idea for "Jaws," loosely based on shark attacks on the Jersey shore beaches in 1916. He originally wanted to write "Jaws" as a nonfiction book, but was convinced by Doubleday to write a novel. The book was published in 1974, and was a monstrous bestseller. Benchley went on to co-write the screenplay for Steven Spielberg's 1975 film version, an even bigger success, and would write several more thrillers through 1994, all in maritime settings.
Here Benchley responds to an invitation from Selznick, and makes mention of his residency in Washington DC, spending "a year and a half as I toiled in the vineyards of the government."
Daniel Selznick, the son of David O. Selznick, is best known as a producer for films such as Peter Bogdanovich's "Targets" (1968) and various documentaries about Hollywood. His association with his father allowed him many opportunities to meet and correspond with numerous actors, actresses, and directors of note.
7.25 x 10.5 inches. Bonded stationery stock, folded twice for mailing, small closed tear at the left edge, about Near Fine.