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Eric Russell Bentley (September 14, 1916 – August 5, 2020) was a British-born American theater critic, playwright, singer, editor, and translator.[1] In 1998, he was added into the American Theatre Hall of Fame. He was born in Bolton, Lancashire. Beginning in 1953, he taught at Columbia University and was a theatre critic for The New Republic. He was sued by Tennessee Williams and Arthur Miller because he gave them negative reviews on their plays.

Bentley was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1969.[2]

Bentley died at his home in New York City on August 5, 2020, at the age of 103.[3]

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