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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 689,458 page views. Her biography is available in 47 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 39 in 2019). Ann Radcliffe is the 740th most popular writer (up from 818th in 2019), the 599th most popular biography from United Kingdom (up from 638th in 2019) and the 71st most popular British Writer.

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

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  • 47

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  • 3.61

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Among writers, Ann Radcliffe ranks 740 out of 5,755Before her are Cornelia, mother of the Gracchi, Émile Verhaeren, Christa Wolf, Natalia Ginzburg, Nikolai Ostrovsky, and Jamal Khashoggi. After her are Aelia Eudocia, Joseph Murphy, Su Shi, Zosimus, Olga Tokarczuk, and Solomon Northup.

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Among people born in 1764, Ann Radcliffe ranks 2Before her is Élisabeth of France. After her are Laurent de Gouvion Saint-Cyr, Charles Grey, 2nd Earl Grey, Claude Victor-Perrin, Duc de Belluno, José Gervasio Artigas, Alexander Mackenzie, Fletcher Christian, Sophie de Condorcet, Duchess Augusta of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel, Princess Maria Carolina of Savoy, and Johann Gottfried Schadow. Among people deceased in 1823, Ann Radcliffe ranks 8Before her are David Ricardo, Pope Pius VII, Louis-Nicolas Davout, Lazare Carnot, Jacques Charles, and Giovanni Battista Belzoni. After her are André-Jacques Garnerin, Charles François Dumouriez, Abraham-Louis Breguet, Edmund Cartwright, Rafael del Riego, and Pierre-Paul Prud'hon.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, Ann Radcliffe ranks 599 out of 7,765Before her are Philippa of Lancaster (1360), Dirk Bogarde (1921), Leslie Howard (1893), Ramsay MacDonald (1866), Pope Adrian IV (1100), and Malcolm Young (1953). After her are John Franklin (1786), John Davis (1550), Nick Mason (1944), Edgar Adrian (1889), John Snow (1813), and Tony Iommi (1948).

Among WRITERS In United Kingdom

Among writers born in United Kingdom, Ann Radcliffe ranks 71Before her are Tony Buzan (1942), Alexander Pope (1688), Frederick Forsyth (1938), David Irving (1938), A. J. Cronin (1896), and Aubrey Beardsley (1872). After her are Douglas Adams (1952), Diana Wynne Jones (1934), Julian Barnes (1946), Ernest Thompson Seton (1860), Christopher Tolkien (1924), and Muriel Spark (1918).