Chico Xavier

1910 - 2002

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Chico Xavier (Portuguese: [ˈʃiku ʃɐviˈɛʁ]) or Francisco Cândido Xavier, born Francisco de Paula Cândido ([fɾɐ̃ˈsisku dʒi ˈpawlɐ ˈkɐ̃dʒidu], April 2, 1910 – June 30, 2002), was a popular Brazilian philanthropist and spiritist medium. During a period of 60 years he wrote over 490 books and several thousand letters claiming to use a process known as "psychography". Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Chico Xavier has received more than 391,091 page views. His biography is available in 18 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 16 in 2019). Chico Xavier is the 1,423rd most popular writer (up from 1,465th in 2019), the 106th most popular biography from Brazil (down from 100th in 2019) and the 6th most popular Brazilian Writer.

Memorability Metrics

  • 390k

    Page Views (PV)

  • 58.95

    Historical Popularity Index (HPI)

  • 18

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 4.25

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 2.29

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

Notable Works

Poetry from Beyond the Grave
Poetry by individual poets
Poetry from Beyond the Grave is the first English publication of a large selection of poems by the Brazilian medium and Spiritist leader Francisco Cândido ?Chico? Xavier. These poems, originally collected in the volume Parnaso de Além-Túmulo, were dictated to Xavier by a variety of spirits of Brazilian poets from the afterlife, as journeying souls or as witnesses of the spiritual city Nosso Lar, ?our house.? Poetry from Beyond the Grave is a veritable collection of haunted writing, in which poets present their posthumous work as if they were alive. The brilliant translation by Vitor Pequeno is supplemented by an extensive afterword by Jeremy Fernando, who traces what it means to speak through the other.

Page views of Chico Xaviers by language

Over the past year Chico Xavier has had the most page views in the with 309,659 views, followed by Spanish (59,256), and English (43,562). In terms of yearly growth of page views the top 3 wikpedia editions are Egyptian Arabic (88.02%), Interlingua (62.93%), and Russian (50.20%)


Among writers, Chico Xavier ranks 1,423 out of 7,302Before him are Béla Balázs, Ryū Murakami, Joseph Mohr, Qiu Jin, Du Mu, and Jane Hawking. After him are Else Lasker-Schüler, Fran Krsto Frankopan, Károly Kerényi, Ihara Saikaku, Marcel Aymé, and Karin Boye.

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Among people born in 1910, Chico Xavier ranks 70Before him are Miguel Najdorf, Eero Saarinen, Karel Zeman, A. J. Ayer, Tjalling Koopmans, and Kim Yong-sik. After him are Ferdinand Daučík, Barthélemy Boganda, Giulietta Simionato, Aladár Gerevich, Nguyễn Hữu Thọ, and Rudolf Lange. Among people deceased in 2002, Chico Xavier ranks 61Before him are Stephen Jay Gould, Henri Verneuil, Hugo Banzer, Agatha Barbara, John Frankenheimer, and Joe Strummer. After him are Shigeo Sugimoto, Abba Eban, Erwin Chargaff, Joaquín Balaguer, Cyrus Vance, and Roberto Matta.

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In Brazil

Among people born in Brazil, Chico Xavier ranks 106 out of 2,236Before him are Antônio Wilson Vieira Honório (1943), Emílio Garrastazu Médici (1905), Leonardo Araújo (1969), Elis Regina (1945), João Figueiredo (1918), and Moacir Barbosa Nascimento (1921). After him are Juninho Pernambucano (1975), Émerson Leão (1949), Bernardino Machado (1851), Vanderlei Luxemburgo (1952), Fernando Collor de Mello (1949), and Robinho (1984).

Among WRITERS In Brazil

Among writers born in Brazil, Chico Xavier ranks 6Before him are Paulo Coelho (1947), Jorge Amado (1912), Vinicius de Moraes (1913), Machado de Assis (1839), and Reinaldo Arenas (1943). After him are Mário de Andrade (1893), José Mauro de Vasconcelos (1920), Augusto Boal (1931), Osvaldo Moles (1913), Carlos Marighella (1911), and Carlos Drummond de Andrade (1902).