Christy Brown

1932 - 1981

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Christy Brown (5 June 1932 – 7 September 1981) was an Irish writer and painter whose cerebral palsy allowed him to write or type only with the toes of one foot. His most recognized work is his autobiography, titled My Left Foot (1954). Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Christy Brown has received more than 1,436,555 page views. His biography is available in 25 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 23 in 2019). Christy Brown is the 1,654th most popular writer (down from 1,540th in 2019), the 63rd most popular biography from Ireland (down from 58th in 2019) and the 14th most popular Irish Writer.

Memorability Metrics

  • 1.4M

    Page Views (PV)

  • 57.67

    Historical Popularity Index (HPI)

  • 25

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 5.09

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 2.90

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

Notable Works

My left foot
Biography, Cerebral palsied children, Cerebral palsy
A shadow on summer
Fiction in English
My Left Foot (Cascades)
Wild grow the lilies
Fiction in English
Down all the days
Social conditions, Fiction, CHR 1970
A promising career

Page views of Christy Browns by language

Over the past year Christy Brown has had the most page views in the with 165,459 views, followed by Spanish (17,774), and Turkish (16,840). In terms of yearly growth of page views the top 3 wikpedia editions are Serbian (134.01%), Hebrew (81.81%), and Esperanto (78.65%)


Among writers, Christy Brown ranks 1,654 out of 7,302Before him are Maria Valtorta, Theodore Sturgeon, Baba Tahir, Pavel Bermondt-Avalov, Li He, and Liu Zongyuan. After him are Meleager of Gadara, Alma Karlin, Ba Jin, Anagarika Dharmapala, Algernon Charles Swinburne, and Egon Kisch.

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Among people born in 1932, Christy Brown ranks 116Before him are Stuart Hall, Aharon Appelfeld, Dieter Rams, Dušan Makavejev, Margit Korondi, and Iskandar of Johor. After him are Orlando Letelier, Ieng Thirith, Geraldine McEwan, Momoko Kōchi, Anna Moffo, and Tavo Burat. Among people deceased in 1981, Christy Brown ranks 53Before him are Bernard Lee, Rómulo Betancourt, Duško Popov, Muhammad Husayn Tabatabai, Princess Alice, Countess of Athlone, and Mike Hailwood. After him are Heinz Kohut, Albert Cohen, Mao Dun, Prince Yasuhiko Asaka, Josep Pla, and Giuseppe Pella.

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In Ireland

Among people born in Ireland, Christy Brown ranks 63 out of 549Before him are Colin Farrell (1976), Thomas Moore (1779), Sinéad O'Connor (1966), Brian Cowen (1960), Mary Robinson (1944), and George Francis FitzGerald (1851). After him are Kevin Farrell (1947), Sheridan Le Fanu (1814), Brian Boru (941), J. D. Bernal (1901), Edmund the Martyr (841), and Malcolm II of Scotland (954).

Among WRITERS In Ireland

Among writers born in Ireland, Christy Brown ranks 14Before him are Laurence Sterne (1713), Iris Murdoch (1919), Joseph Murphy (1898), Ethel Voynich (1864), Saint Gall (550), and Thomas Moore (1779). After him are Sheridan Le Fanu (1814), John Banville (1945), Oliver Goldsmith (1728), Patrick Pearse (1879), Charles Maturin (1780), and John Millington Synge (1871).