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Christopher Hampton Plays 1 Total Eclipse; The Philanthropist; Savages; Treats by Christopher Hampton

Christopher Hampton Plays 1 Total Eclipse; The Philanthropist; Savages; Treats


Christopher Hampton Plays 1 Total Eclipse; The Philanthropist; Savages; Treats by Christopher Hampton

This first collection of Hampton's work includes The Philanthropist, which premiered at the Royal Court Theatre in 1970 and went on to become one of the Court's longest-running West End transfers. The volume also contains Treats, Savages and Hampton's deeply affecting drama about the relationship of the French poets Rimbaud and Verlaine, Total Eclipse.


The Philanthropist A wonderful evening, intellectually stimulating, touchingly sympathetic and gloriously, gloriously funny. -- Sunday Times

Total Eclipse A fine play...A deeply affecting work, simply and directly expressed in a language which does not need to strive to achieve its poetic effects. -- Sunday Times

Savages A play that delicately, and with cumulative power, transcribes Mr Hampton's sorrow and indignation at the gradual extinction of the Brazilian Indians, and his reluctant but inexorable disillusionment with freedom fighters and liberal champions of good causes. -- Sunday Times

Treats Mr Hampton writes with wit, elegance and a strong sense of character...Thoughtful, thought-provoking and funny. -- Times Educational Supplement

About the Author

Christopher Hampton was born in the Azores in 1946. He wrote his first play, When Did You Last See My Mother? at the age of eighteen. Since then, his plays have included The Philanthropist, Savages, Tales from Hollywood, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, White Chameleon and The Talking Cure. He has translated plays by Ibsen, Molière, von Horváth, Chekhov and Yasmina Reza (including Art and Life x 3). His television work includes adaptations of The History Man and Hotel du Lac. His screenplays include The Honorary Consul, The Good Father, Dangerous Liaisons, Mary Reilly, Total Eclipse, The Quiet American, Carrington, The Secret Agent and Imagining Argentina, the last three of which he also directed.

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Book Info

Publication date

17th February 1997


Christopher Hampton

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Faber & Faber


352 pages


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