Alexander Herzen

1812 - 1870

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Alexander Ivanovich Herzen (Russian: Алекса́ндр Ива́нович Ге́рцен, romanized: Aleksándr Ivánovich Gértsen; 6 April [O.S. 25 March] 1812 – 21 January [O.S. 9 January] 1870) was a Russian writer and thinker known as the precursor of Russian socialism and one of the main precursors of agrarian populism (being an ideological ancestor of the Narodniki, Socialist-Revolutionaries, Trudoviks and the agrarian American Populist Party). With his writings, many composed while exiled in London, he attempted to influence the situation in Russia, contributing to a political climate that led to the emancipation of the serfs in 1861. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Alexander Herzen has received more than 470,108 page views. His biography is available in 55 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 53 in 2019). Alexander Herzen is the 610th most popular writer (down from 607th in 2019), the 193rd most popular biography from Russia (up from 210th in 2019) and the 23rd most popular Russian Writer.

Alexander Herzen was a Russian journalist and thinker who is most famous for his book, "From the Other Shore."

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From the other shore
Byloe i dumy
Kto vinovat?


Among writers, Alexander Herzen ranks 610 out of 7,302Before him are Dimitrie Cantemir, Erich Kästner, Hugo von Hofmannsthal, John Irving, Elisabeth of Wied, and Columella. After him are Stieg Larsson, Madame Roland, Ferenc Molnár, Anton Makarenko, Dietrich Eckart, and Olga Tokarczuk.

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Among people born in 1812, Alexander Herzen ranks 6Before him are Charles Dickens, Kaspar Hauser, Théodore Rousseau, Johann Gottfried Galle, and Truganini. After him are Louise of Orléans, Ivan Goncharov, Moses Hess, Sigismond Thalberg, Amélie of Leuchtenberg, and Mirza Fatali Akhundov. Among people deceased in 1870, Alexander Herzen ranks 9Before him are Prosper Mérimée, Robert E. Lee, Frédéric Bazille, Comte de Lautréamont, Josef Strauss, and Francisco Solano López. After him are Leopold II, Grand Duke of Tuscany, Marie-Caroline of Bourbon-Two Sicilies, Duchess of Berry, Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer, Heinrich Gustav Magnus, Ferdinand von Wrangel, and Victor Noir.

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In Russia

Among people born in Russia, Alexander Herzen ranks 193 out of 3,761Before him are Igor Kurchatov (1903), Ivan I of Moscow (1288), Gotthard Heinrici (1886), Vladimir Propp (1895), Andrei Tupolev (1888), and Grigori Perelman (1966). After him are Maria Eleonora of Brandenburg (1599), Aleksandr Ulyanov (1866), Grand Duchess Olga Alexandrovna of Russia (1882), Valery Gerasimov (1955), Vasily Smyslov (1921), and Alexei Petrovich, Tsarevich of Russia (1690).

Among WRITERS In Russia

Among writers born in Russia, Alexander Herzen ranks 23Before him are Mikhail Lermontov (1814), Sergei Yesenin (1895), Vladimir Vysotsky (1938), Yevgeny Zamyatin (1884), Ivan Bunin (1870), and Marina Tsvetaeva (1892). After him are Nikolay Chernyshevsky (1828), Ivan Goncharov (1812), Aleksey Nikolayevich Tolstoy (1883), Ivan Krylov (1769), Arthur Adamov (1908), and Alexander Blok (1880).