WRITER

Chikamatsu Monzaemon

1653 - 1725

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Chikamatsu Monzaemon (近松 門左衛門, real name Sugimori Nobumori, 杉森 信盛, 1653 – 6 January 1725) was a Japanese dramatist of jōruri, the form of puppet theater that later came to be known as bunraku, and the live-actor drama, kabuki. The Encyclopædia Britannica has written that he is "widely regarded as the greatest Japanese dramatist". His most famous plays deal with double-suicides of honor bound lovers. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Chikamatsu Monzaemon has received more than 141,680 page views. His biography is available in 30 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 28 in 2019). Chikamatsu Monzaemon is the 1,495th most popular writer (down from 1,488th in 2019), the 385th most popular biography from Japan (up from 389th in 2019) and the 30th most popular Japanese Writer.

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Among WRITERS

Among writers, Chikamatsu Monzaemon ranks 1,495 out of 5,794Before him are Seamus Heaney, Surdas, Jane Jacobs, Diagoras of Melos, Ibn al-Khatib, and Samuel R. Delany. After him are Naim Frashëri, Juan Marsé, Rafael Sabatini, Karl-Maria Kertbeny, Ruy González de Clavijo, and Paul Goma.

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Contemporaries

Among people born in 1653, Chikamatsu Monzaemon ranks 9Before him are Eleanor of Austria, Queen of Poland, Claudia Felicitas of Austria, Prince George of Denmark, André-Hercule de Fleury, Claude Louis Hector de Villars, and Georg Muffat. After him are Maria Amalia of Courland, Frederick Louis, Duke of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Beck, Carlo Ruzzini, and Muhammad Azam Shah. Among people deceased in 1725, Chikamatsu Monzaemon ranks 3Before him are Peter the Great and Alessandro Scarlatti. After him are Mahmud Hotak, Arai Hakuseki, Jonathan Wild, José Benito de Churriguera, and Sulkhan-Saba Orbeliani.

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In Japan

Among people born in Japan, Chikamatsu Monzaemon ranks 385 out of 5,560Before him are Tatsuya Nakadai (1932), Shigechiyo Izumi (1865), Keizō Obuchi (1937), Konishi Yukinaga (1555), Masayoshi Son (1957), and Torakusu Yamaha (1851). After him are Kondō Isami (1834), Hifuyo Uchida (null), Kenichi Fukui (1918), Uichiro Hatta (1903), Saitō Hajime (1844), and Kikunae Ikeda (1864).

Among WRITERS In Japan

Among writers born in Japan, Chikamatsu Monzaemon ranks 30Before him are Shūsaku Endō (1923), Eiji Yoshikawa (1892), Sugawara no Michizane (845), Ono no Komachi (825), Kenji Miyazawa (1896), and Ihara Saikaku (1642). After him are Yosano Akiko (1878), Chūya Nakahara (1907), Masaoka Shiki (1867), Akiyuki Nosaka (1930), Hirokazu Kanazawa (1931), and Ichiyō Higuchi (1872).