Many times we hear educated people claim Peter Benchley was inspired by the 1916 Jersey Shore attacks for the 1974 Novel “JAWS”.


Published: September 8, 2001

An article on Wednesday and one in the New Jersey section on Sunday about fears over sharks referred incorrectly to the inspiration for the 1974 novel ”Jaws.” Its author, Peter Benchley, says the book was not inspired by attacks off New Jersey in 1916.