Doris Lessing

1919 - 2013

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Doris May Lessing (née Tayler; 22 October 1919 – 17 November 2013) was a British novelist. She was born to British parents in Iran, where she lived until 1925. Her family then moved to Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe), where she remained until moving in 1949 to London, England. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Doris Lessing has received more than 2,157,363 page views. Her biography is available in 106 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 103 in 2019). Doris Lessing is the 341st most popular writer (down from 240th in 2019), the 51st most popular biography from Iran (down from 32nd in 2019) and the 10th most popular Iranian Writer.

Doris Lessing is most famous for her novels, which include The Golden Notebook, The Grass is Singing, and The Good Terrorist.

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  • 2.2M

    Page Views (PV)

  • 69.39

    Historical Popularity Index (HPI)

  • 106

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 5.94

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 6.48

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

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Over the past year Doris Lessing has had the most page views in the with 443,363 views, followed by German (59,311), and Spanish (50,754). In terms of yearly growth of page views the top 3 wikpedia editions are Kazakh (209.09%), Hakka (162.00%), and English (130.96%)


Among writers, Doris Lessing ranks 341 out of 7,302Before her are Paul Celan, Paul Éluard, Lorenzo Valla, Wilhelm Grimm, Callimachus, and Nâzım Hikmet. After her are Arthur Schnitzler, Luqman, Henry Miller, Marguerite Yourcenar, Apollonius of Rhodes, and Max Brod.

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Among people born in 1919, Doris Lessing ranks 7Before her are Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, Eva Perón, Mikhail Kalashnikov, Edmund Hillary, J. D. Salinger, and Primo Levi. After her are Giulio Andreotti, Zhao Ziyang, Kim Jong-suk, Georgios Papadopoulos, Fausto Coppi, and Desmond Doss. Among people deceased in 2013, Doris Lessing ranks 9Before her are Mikhail Kalashnikov, Hugo Chávez, Peter O'Toole, Fawzia Fuad of Egypt, Võ Nguyên Giáp, and Jorge Rafael Videla. After her are Heinrich Rohrer, Djalma Santos, Giulio Andreotti, Frederick Sanger, Robert Coleman Richardson, and Douglas Engelbart.

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In Iran

Among people born in Iran, Doris Lessing ranks 51 out of 631Before her are Ardashir I (180), Cambyses I (-600), Abd al-Rahman al-Sufi (903), Bahá'u'lláh (1817), Rashid-al-Din Hamadani (1247), and Mohammad Mosaddegh (1882). After her are Soraya Esfandiary-Bakhtiary (1932), Yazdegerd III (624), Shirin Ebadi (1947), Ghazan (1271), Astyages (-700), and Abu al-Wafa' Buzjani (940).

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Among WRITERS In Iran

Among writers born in Iran, Doris Lessing ranks 10Before her are Mansur Al-Hallaj (858), Ferdowsi (940), Shams Tabrizi (1185), Nasir al-Din al-Tusi (1201), Saadi Shirazi (1210), and Jami (1414). After her are Attar of Nishapur (1145), Ibn al-Muqaffa' (724), Magtymguly Pyragy (1733), Ali Shariati (1933), Forough Farrokhzad (1935), and Sharafkhan Bidlisi (1543).