Christopher James Hampton (born 26 January 1946) is a British playwright, screen writer and film director. He is best known for his play based on the novel Les Liaisons dangereuses and the film version Dangerous Liaisons (1988) and also more recently for writing the nominated screenplay for the film adaptation of Ian McEwan's Atonement. more »
Click here to add this poet to your My Favorite Poets.
Quotationsmore quotations »
''I have always thought of sophistication as rather a feeble substitute for decadence.''Christopher Hampton (b. 1946), British playwright. Braham, in The Philanthropist, sc. 3.
''I always divide people into two groups. Those who live by what they know to be a lie, and those who live by what they believe, falsely, to be the truth.''Christopher Hampton (b. 1946), British playwright. Don, in The Philanthropist, sc. 6.
''I think there's something degrading about having a husband for a rival. It's humiliating if you fail and commonplace if you succeed.''Christopher Hampton (b. 1946), British playwright. Merteuil, in Dangerous Liaisons screenplay (1989).
''Asking a working writer what he thinks about critics is like asking a lamp-post what it feels about dogs.''Christopher Hampton (b. 1946), British playwright. Sunday Times Magazine (London, Oct. 16, 1977).
''To seduce a woman famous for strict morals, religious fervour and the happiness of her marriage: what could possibly be more prestigious?''Christopher Hampton (b. 1946), British playwright. Valmont, in Dangerous Liaisons (1989).