Athol Fugard

1932 - Today

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Athol Fugard OIS HonFRSL (born 11 June 1932) is a South African playwright, novelist, actor, and director widely regarded as South Africa's greatest playwright. He is best known for his political and penetrating plays opposing the system of apartheid. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Athol Fugard has received more than 563,888 page views. His biography is available in 24 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 21 in 2019). Athol Fugard is the 6,267th most popular writer (down from 5,830th in 2019), the 190th most popular biography from South Africa (down from 185th in 2019) and the 16th most popular South African Writer.

Memorability Metrics

  • 560k

    Page Views (PV)

  • 42.27

    Historical Popularity Index (HPI)

  • 24

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 1.94

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 4.01

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

Notable Works

Drama, South African drama (English), Drama texts: from c 1900 -
Drama, Race relations
Notebooks, 1960-1977
Biography, Diaries, Notebooks, sketchbooks
Criminals, Fiction, Infants
The road to Mecca
Aging, Women artists, Owl House (Nieu-Bethesda, South Africa)
"Master Harold"-- and the boys
Drama, Race relations, Social life and customs

Page views of Athol Fugards by language

Over the past year Athol Fugard has had the most page views in the with 62,859 views, followed by German (2,071), and Persian (1,785). In terms of yearly growth of page views the top 3 wikpedia editions are Simple English (72.52%), Hebrew (32.92%), and Persian (28.42%)


Among writers, Athol Fugard ranks 6,267 out of 7,302Before him are Philip G. Epstein, Matti Yrjänä Joensuu, Derek Taylor, Lauren Weisberger, Renata Viganò, and Gita Mehta. After him are Ingvar Ambjørnsen, George Farquhar, Howard Jacobson, Mah Laqa Bai, Róža Domašcyna, and Lloyd C. Douglas.

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Among people born in 1932, Athol Fugard ranks 518Before him are Slide Hampton, Daniel Kleppner, Poul Pedersen, Derek Taylor, Barbara Shelley, and Vitold Kreyer. After him are Robert L. Forward, Danny Hodge, Coxsone Dodd, Gennadiy Shatkov, Bob Lutz, and Mae Faggs.

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In South Africa

Among people born in South Africa, Athol Fugard ranks 190 out of 454Before him are Albertina Sisulu (1918), Roger Michell (1956), Steven Pienaar (1982), Reeva Steenkamp (1983), Clarence Walker (1898), and Mzilikazi (1790). After him are Karel Schoeman (1939), Griselda Pollock (1949), Florence Fuller (1867), Charlbi Dean (1990), Baleka Mbete (1949), and Govan Mbeki (1910).

Among WRITERS In South Africa

Among writers born in South Africa, Athol Fugard ranks 16Before him are Deon Meyer (1958), Ingrid Jonker (1933), Alan Paton (1903), Andrew Murray (1828), Elsa Joubert (1922), and Antjie Krog (1952). After him are Karel Schoeman (1939), Damon Galgut (1963), Bessie Head (1937), John Langalibalele Dube (1871), Fatima Meer (1928), and Es'kia Mphahlele (1919).