Pierre Daninos

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Pierre Daninos
Pierre Daninos.jpg
Born26 May 1913
Paris, France
Died7 January 2005(2005-01-07) (aged 91)
Paris, France
OccupationWriter, humorist, novelist
GenreFiction, humor

Pierre Daninos (26 May 1913, Paris – 7 January 2005, Paris)[1] was a French writer and humorist.[2]


Daninos wrote Les carnets du Major Thompson, which was published in 1954, and was followed by many sequels. The books in the series pretended to be the observations of a retired British officer living in France, and were witty collections of comparisons between French and British society. Daninos is also the author of Un Certain Monsieur Blot, a critique of French middle class taste and habits.

Some of these books were translated into English and published as Major Thompson Lives in France and Discovers the French, Major Thompson and I and Major Thompson Goes French.

Les carnets du Major Thompson was filmed by Preston Sturges in 1955.[3] The film was released in the U.S. under the title The French, They Are a Funny Race.[3]

These works were not praised by everyone, the Guardian's obituary considered that this sort of thing had been done before and sometimes done better, and that Daninos had uncritically repeated instead of critically examining national stereotypes.[4]

Daninos was the brother of the industrialist Jean Daninos, who produced the Facel Vega luxury cars.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Kirkup, James (January 11, 2005). "Pierre Daninos, Creator of Major Thompson, the typical Englishman in France". The Independent.
  2. ^ "Obituaries - Pierre Daninos". The Times. January 15, 2005. Archived from the original on April 16, 2015.
  3. ^ a b Crowther, Bosely (May 21, 1957). "Screen: Mellow Sturges; 'French Are a Funny Race' at the Baronet". The New York Times.
  4. ^ Boston, Richard (January 12, 2005). "Pierre Daninos, Creator of the French stereotype of the perfect Englishman abroad, bowler-hatted and umbrellaed Major W Marmaduke Thompson". The Guardian.