Ann Radcliffe

1764 - 1823

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Ann Radcliffe (née Ward; 9 July 1764 – 7 February 1823) was an English novelist and a pioneer of Gothic fiction. Her technique of explaining apparently supernatural elements in her novels has been credited with gaining respectability for Gothic fiction in the 1790s. Radcliffe was the most popular writer of her day and almost universally admired; contemporary critics called her the mighty enchantress and the Shakespeare of romance-writers, and her popularity continued through the 19th century. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Ann Radcliffe has received more than 712,962 page views. Her biography is available in 51 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 47 in 2019). Ann Radcliffe is the 929th most popular writer (down from 739th in 2019), the 705th most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 599th in 2019) and the 85th most popular British Writer.

Ann Radcliffe was a British author, best known for her novel The Mysteries of Udolpho.

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Notable Works

The romance of the forest
The mysteries of Udolpho
Gaston de Blondeville
Great Britain
The castles of Athlin and Dunbayne
A Sicilian romance
The Italian


Among writers, Ann Radcliffe ranks 929 out of 7,302Before her are Jens Peter Jacobsen, Miep Gies, Lucius Accius, Vinicius de Moraes, Joost van den Vondel, and Hans Jakob Christoffel von Grimmelshausen. After her are W. G. Sebald, Aimé Césaire, Thomas Pynchon, Jean de La Bruyère, Mirza Fatali Akhundov, and Lafcadio Hearn.

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Among people born in 1764, Ann Radcliffe ranks 4Before her are Élisabeth of France, Laurent de Gouvion Saint-Cyr, and Claude Victor-Perrin, Duc de Belluno. After her are José Gervasio Artigas, Charles Grey, 2nd Earl Grey, John Goodricke, Duchess Augusta of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel, Fletcher Christian, Johann Gottfried Schadow, Nikolai Rezanov, and Princess Maria Carolina of Savoy. Among people deceased in 1823, Ann Radcliffe ranks 9Before her are Pope Pius VII, Louis-Nicolas Davout, Lazare Carnot, Jacques Charles, Giovanni Battista Belzoni, and Charles François Dumouriez. After her are André-Jacques Garnerin, Edmund Cartwright, Abraham-Louis Breguet, Rafael del Riego, Karl Leonhard Reinhold, and Pierre-Paul Prud'hon.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, Ann Radcliffe ranks 705 out of 8,785Before her are Peter Greenaway (1942), Francis Hutcheson (1694), David Brewster (1781), William Webb Ellis (1806), Julian Huxley (1887), and Chris Rea (1951). After her are John Surtees (1934), Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex (1964), Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford (1550), Oliver Reed (1938), John Gurdon (1933), and Offa of Mercia (800).

Among WRITERS In United Kingdom

Among writers born in United Kingdom, Ann Radcliffe ranks 85Before her are Wilkie Collins (1824), Aubrey Beardsley (1872), Philip Pullman (1946), Ben Jonson (1572), Bruce Chatwin (1940), and James May (1963). After her are Patrick White (1912), Percy Fawcett (1867), H. Rider Haggard (1856), James Hadley Chase (1906), John Fowles (1926), and Samuel Richardson (1689).