Christopher Lehmann-Haupt is an American journalist, critic and novelist who has worked in the field of books all of his professional career. He began as an editor for various New York City publishing houses, among them Holt, Rinehart and Winston and The Dial Press, from where he moved in 1965 to become an editor on The New York Times Book Review. In 1969, he was appointed senior Daily Book Reviewer for The New York Times, a position he held until 1995, when he became a regular daily book reviewer. From 1965 until 2000, he wrote more than 4,000 book reviews and articles, on every subject from trout fishing to Persian archaeology. In April 2000, he assumed the job of Chief Obituary Writer for The Times and wrote advance obituaries and occasional daily obits until his retirement on June 30, 2006. Obituaries bearing his byline continued to run in the Times as of mid-2012.
Since that time he has continued to write advance obits as a freelancer for The Times, as well as teach writing at the Marymount College Writing Center and College of Mount Saint Vincent in Riverdale, the Bronx, New York. He also teaches at Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism. He was just appointed the Editorial Director of Delphinium Books, a literary small press that publishes works of fiction.