The Novel JAWS

Myth

The novel JAWS by Peter Benchley was inspired by the 1916 New Jersey Shark Attacks.

Appearing in New York Times is a correction to this myth.

Correction: September 8, 2001, Saturday 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.

A picture of the novel by Peter Benchley called JAWS which had many people attacked by a shark at a town called Amity