"Asking a working writer what he thinks about critics is like asking a lamp
post how it feels about dogs."
Christopher Hampton (born 1946) is a British playwright, screen writer and film director. His list of credits for both writing, producing and directing is extensive (full list) and includes both the play based on the novel, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, and the film Dangerous Liaisons. His latest project appears to be a screen adaptation of the book, Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell, which is planned for release in 2006.
He is also the translator of Yasmina Reza's plays from the original French, Art (1996) and Conversations after a Burial (2000).
As a child he lived in Aden, Egypt and Zanzibar; at 13 he went to Lancing College, a British boarding school; then to New College, Oxford as a Sacher Scholar, where he studied German and French, and graduated with a First Class Degree in 1968. He became involved with the theater while at university, and became the youngest writer to ever have a play performed in the West End (the London theater district) in 1966.
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