Arthur Waley

1889 - 1966

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Arthur David Waley (born Arthur David Schloss, 19 August 1889 – 27 June 1966) was an English orientalist and sinologist who achieved both popular and scholarly acclaim for his translations of Chinese and Japanese poetry. Among his honours were the CBE in 1952, the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry in 1953, and he was invested as a Companion of Honour in 1956.Although highly learned, Waley avoided academic posts and most often wrote for a general audience. He chose not to be a specialist but to translate a wide and personal range of classical literature. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Arthur Waley has received more than 170,598 page views. His biography is available in 18 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 16 in 2019). Arthur Waley is the 3,530th most popular writer (down from 3,160th in 2019), the 2,627th most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 2,290th in 2019) and the 315th most popular British Writer.

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Among writers, Arthur Waley ranks 3,530 out of 5,794Before him are René Wellek, Alaiza Pashkevich, Alexander Kazbegi, Juan Valera y Alcalá-Galiano, Vsevolod Ivanov, and Lyudmila Petrushevskaya. After him are Georgette Heyer, Sophie Kinsella, Apion, Ivanka Trump, Erri De Luca, and José Cadalso.

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Among people born in 1889, Arthur Waley ranks 159Before him are Julius Skutnabb, Géo André, Otto Tief, Bodil Ipsen, Sadhu Sundar Singh, and Jean-Baptiste Janssens. After him are Sewall Wright, Marcel Moyse, Willi Baumeister, Grigory Levenfish, Francis Spellman, and Ronald Fairbairn. Among people deceased in 1966, Arthur Waley ranks 118Before him are Cordwainer Smith, Hedda Hopper, Dirk Brouwer, Jan Brzechwa, Gʻafur Gʻulom, and John Taylor. After him are Brian O'Nolan, Agostinho Fortes Filho, Harry Beaumont, Elliot See, Friedrich Wilhelm Foerster, and Christian Herter.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, Arthur Waley ranks 2,627 out of 6,924Before him are Veronica Cartwright (1949), John Bodkin Adams (1899), William Shanks (1812), Natalie Dormer (1982), Jim Marshall (1923), and Enoch Powell (1912). After him are Georgette Heyer (1902), Sophie Kinsella (1969), Dominic West (1969), Timothy West (1934), John Anderson (1833), and Radclyffe Hall (1880).

Among WRITERS In United Kingdom

Among writers born in United Kingdom, Arthur Waley ranks 315Before him are Iain Banks (1954), Paul Johnson (1928), Minette Walters (1949), W. W. Jacobs (1863), Frances Burney (1752), and John Farey Sr. (1766). After him are Georgette Heyer (1902), Sophie Kinsella (1969), Radclyffe Hall (1880), E. L. James (1963), Bob Shaw (1931), and Edith Durham (1863).