Literary Birthday – 18 March – Richard Condon

Richard Condon was born 18 March 1915, and died 9 April 1996.

Five Quotes

  1. Writers are too self-centred to be lonely.
  2. I’m a man of the marketplace as well as an artist. I’m a pawnbroker of myth.
  3. I think the most important part of storytelling is tension. It’s the constant tension of suspense that in a sense mirrors life, because nobody knows what’s going to happen three hours from now.
  4. Amateur psychiatric prognosis can be fascinating when there is absolutely nothing else to do.
  5. Although the paranoiacs make the great leaders, it is the resenters who make their best instruments because the resenters, those men with cancer of the psyche, make the great assassins.

Richard Condon was a prolific and popular American political novelist. His satiric works were generally presented in the form of thrillers or semi-thrillers, including Prizzi’s Honor and The Manchurian Candidate.

by Amanda Patterson

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Posted on: 18th March 2014