Awards & Winners

Eric Bentley

Date of Birth 14-September-1916
Place of Birth Bolton
(United Kingdom, Greater Manchester, Lancashire, England)
Nationality United States of America, United Kingdom
Profession Critic, Playwright, Singer, Editor, Translator
Eric Bentley is a British-born American critic, playwright, singer, editor and translator. In 1998, he was inducted into the American Theatre Hall of Fame and is a member of the New York Theater Hall of Fame in recognition of his many years of cabaret performances. Born in Bolton, Lancashire, England, Bentley attended Oxford University, receiving his degree in 1938, and subsequently attended Yale University, where he received the John Addison Porter Prize. Beginning in 1953, Bentley taught at Columbia University and simultaneously was a theatre critic for The New Republic. Known for his blunt style of theatre criticism, Bentley incurred the wrath of playwrights Tennessee Williams and Arthur Miller, both of whom threatened to sue him for his unfavorable reviews of their work. From 1960-1961, Bentley was the Norton professor at Harvard University. Bentley is considered one of the preeminent experts on Bertolt Brecht, whom he met at UCLA as a young man and whose works he has translated extensively. He edited the Grove Press issue of Brecht's work, and recorded two albums of Brecht's songs for Folkways Records, most of which had never before been recorded in English.

Awards by Eric Bentley

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Award Nominated Nominated Work
National Book Award for Arts and Letters (Nonfiction) Life of the Drama