WRITER

Donald E. Westlake

1933 - 2008

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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. DeAndrea was one of few writers to win Edgars in three different categories (1968, Best Novel, God Save the Mark; 1990, Best Short Story, "Too Many Crooks"; 1991, Best Motion Picture Screenplay, The Grifters). Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Donald E. Westlake has received more than 407,272 page views. His biography is available in 20 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 17 in 2019). Donald E. Westlake is the 1,512th most popular writer (up from 1,619th in 2019), the 1,857th most popular biography from United States (up from 1,875th in 2019) and the 176th most popular American Writer.

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Among writers, Donald E. Westlake ranks 1,512 out of 5,794Before him are Jakob Michael Reinhold Lenz, Dominique Venner, Avianus, Joseph Joubert, Alexander Grin, and Salawat Yulayev. After him are René Char, Marilyn vos Savant, Ramón del Valle-Inclán, Wolfgang Borchert, Ole Nydahl, and Natalie Clifford Barney.

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Contemporaries

Among people born in 1933, Donald E. Westlake ranks 103Before him are Tom Skerritt, Rik Van Looy, Bata Živojinović, Ilia II of Georgia, Yuri Oganessian, and Juan Marsé. After him are The Singing Nun, Sheldon Adelson, Luis Bacalov, Elem Klimov, Isa bin Salman Al Khalifa, and Wayne Shorter. Among people deceased in 2008, Donald E. Westlake ranks 66Before him are Isaac Hayes, Joshua Lederberg, Eartha Kitt, Thomas Huckle Weller, Henri Cartan, and Dora Ratjen. After him are Leopoldo Calvo-Sotelo, Marcial Maciel, Dorothy Vaughan, Henry Molaison, Rajko Mitić, and Cyd Charisse.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Donald E. Westlake ranks 1,857 out of 15,968Before him are Stanley Donen (1924), Lee J. Cobb (1911), Thomas J. Watson (1874), Anastacia (1968), Sam Waterston (1940), and Diane Lane (1965). After him are Russell Alan Hulse (1950), Michael Bay (1965), Viola Davis (1965), Marilyn vos Savant (1946), Clair Cameron Patterson (1922), and Edward B. Lewis (1918).

Among WRITERS In United States

Among writers born in United States, Donald E. Westlake ranks 176Before him are Nicholas Sparks (1965), Philip José Farmer (1918), Jane Jacobs (1916), Samuel R. Delany (1942), Robert Wilson (1941), and Patricia Cornwell (1956). After him are Marilyn vos Savant (1946), Natalie Clifford Barney (1876), Cornell Woolrich (1903), Elizabeth George (1949), Robert Silverberg (1935), and John Edward Williams (1922).