Who said: "Asking a working writer what he thinks about critics..."

BookBrowse's Favorite Quotes

"Asking a working writer what he thinks about critics is like asking a lamp post how it feels about dogs."
— Christopher Hampton

Christopher HamptonChristopher 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; and the screenplay for the film adaptation of Ian McEwan's Atonement.

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.

More Quotes

This quote & biography originally ran in an issue of BookBrowse's membership magazine. Full Membership Features & Benefits.

Support BookBrowse

Become a Member
and discover your next great read!

Join Today!

Book Discussion
Book Jacket
The Opposite of Everyone
by Joshilyn Jackson

"Quirky and appealing characters, an engaging story, and honest dialogue make this a great book!"
- BookBrowse

About the book
Join the discussion!

Award Winners

  • Book Jacket: A Great Reckoning
    A Great Reckoning
    by Louise Penny
    Canadian author Louise Penny is back with her twelfth entry in the Chief Inspector Armand Gamache ...
  • Book Jacket: Homegoing
    Homegoing
    by Yaa Gyasi
    It's all very well to challenge people to be the masters of their own destiny, but when you&#...
  • Book Jacket: When Breath Becomes Air
    When Breath Becomes Air
    by Paul Kalanithi
    When Breath Becomes Air is the autobiography of Paul Kalanithi, written in the time period between ...

First Impressions

  • Book Jacket

    Victoria
    by Daisy Goodwin

    Daisy Goodwin breathes new life into Victoria's story, and does so with sensitivity, verve, and wit." - Amanda Foreman

    Read Member Reviews

Who Said...

Experience is not what happens to you; it's what you do with what happens to you

Click Here to find out who said this, as well as discovering other famous literary quotes!

Word Play

The Big Holiday Wordplay:
$400+ in Prizes

Enter Now

Books that     
entertain,
     engage

 & enlighten

Visitors can view some of BookBrowse for free. Full access is for members only.

Join Today!

Your guide toexceptional          books

BookBrowse seeks out and recommends books that we believe to be best in class. Books that will whisk you to faraway places and times, that will expand your mind and challenge you -- the kinds of books you just can't wait to tell your friends about.