Richard Condon (born 18 March 1915, died 9 April 1996) was a prolific and popular American political novelist whose satiric works were generally presented in the form of thrillers or semi-thrillers, including Prizzi’s Honor and The Manchurian Candidate.
Five quotes on writing:
- Writers are too self-centered to be lonely.
- I’m a man of the marketplace as well as an artist. I’m a pawnbroker of myth.
- Amateur psychiatric prognosis can be fascinating when there’s absolutely nothing else to do.
- 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.
- Although the paranoiacs make the great leaders, it’s the resenters who make their best instruments because the resenters, those men with cancer of the psyche, make the great assassins.