Donald E. Westlake

1933 - 2008

Donald E. Westlake

Donald Edwin Westlake (July 12, 1933 – December 31, 2008) was an American writer, with more than a hundred novels and non-fiction books to his credit. He specialized in crime fiction, especially comic capers, with an occasional foray into science fiction and other genres. Westlake is perhaps best-remembered for creating two professional criminal characters who each starred in a long-running series: the relentless, hard-boiled Parker (published under the pen name Richard Stark), and John Dortmunder, who featured in a more humorous series. He was a three-time Edgar Award winner, and alongside Joe Gores and William L. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Donald E. Westlake has received more than 380,583 page views. His biography is available in 17 different languages on Wikipedia making him the 1,622nd most popular writer.

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  • 380k

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  • 55.75

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  • 17

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 5.91

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 1.72

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

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Among writers, Donald E. Westlake ranks 1,620 out of 4,883Before him are A. B. Yehoshua, Jean-Marie Roland de la Platière, Eupolis, Frederik Pohl, Nicolas-Edme Rétif, and Jean de Meun. After him are Egon Kisch, Philippe de Commines, Annette von Droste-Hülshoff, Attila József, Upton Sinclair, and Mahadevi Varma.

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Among people born in 1933, Donald E. Westlake ranks 103Before him are Yuri Oganessian, Jean-Claude Brialy, Fred Haise, Yasukazu Tanaka, Joan Rivers, and Maurice André. After him are Waichiro Omura, Lea Massari, Wayne Shorter, Franz, Duke of Bavaria, Sheldon Adelson, and Mako. Among people deceased in 2008, Donald E. Westlake ranks 68Before him are Henry Molaison, Daniel Carleton Gajdusek, Jean-Marie Balestre, Eartha Kitt, Dorothy Vaughan, and Henri Salvador. After him are Joseph M. Juran, Rajko Mitić, Kiyosi Itô, Alfonso López Trujillo, Saad Al-Salim Al-Sabah, and Jean Delannoy.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Donald E. Westlake ranks 1,875 out of 12,171Before him are Ken Wilber (1949), Jeffrey Dean Morgan (1966), Shannen Doherty (1971), Lynne Cheney (1941), Frederik Pohl (1919), and Busta Rhymes (1972). After him are Billy Dee Williams (1937), Bill Pullman (1953), Don Ameche (1908), Ivan Sutherland (1938), Max Baer (1909), and Joseph L. Goldstein (1940).

Among WRITERS In United States

Among writers born in United States, Donald E. Westlake ranks 185Before him are James Oliver Curwood (1878), Patricia Cornwell (1956), Jane Jacobs (1916), Herman Wouk (1915), Ken Wilber (1949), and Frederik Pohl (1919). After him are Upton Sinclair (1878), Wayne Dyer (1940), James B. Donovan (1916), Bob Woodward (1943), Stephen Crane (1871), and Elizabeth George (1949).