Frank Wedekind

1864 - 1918

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Benjamin Franklin Wedekind (July 24, 1864 – March 9, 1918) was a German playwright. His work, which often criticizes bourgeois attitudes (particularly towards sex), is considered to anticipate expressionism and was influential in the development of epic theatre.In the English-speaking world, before 2006 Wedekind was best known for the "Lulu" cycle, a two-play series—Erdgeist (Earth Spirit, 1895) and Die Büchse der Pandora (Pandora's Box, 1904)—centered on a young dancer/adventuress of mysterious origin. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Frank Wedekind has received more than 229,772 page views. His biography is available in 39 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 37 in 2019). Frank Wedekind is the 810th most popular writer (down from 651st in 2019), the 724th most popular biography from Germany (down from 542nd in 2019) and the 49th most popular German Writer.

Frank Wedekind is most famous for his play "Spring Awakening," which is about the physical and emotional awakening of young people.

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Among writers, Frank Wedekind ranks 810 out of 5,794Before him are Publilius Syrus, Kang Youwei, David Irving, Johann Kaspar Lavater, Heinrich Kramer, and Tao Yuanming. After him are John Fowles, Pope Dionysius of Alexandria, Madame de La Fayette, Anne Rice, Milorad Pavić, and Peter Weiss.

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Among people born in 1864, Frank Wedekind ranks 22Before him are Charles Cooley, Dmitri Ivanovsky, John Jacob Astor IV, Nellie Bly, Heinrich Wölfflin, and Yun Chi-ho. After him are Prince Albert Victor, Duke of Clarence and Avondale, Ethel Voynich, Alexej von Jawlensky, Jules Renard, Séraphine Louis, and Branislav Nušić. Among people deceased in 1918, Frank Wedekind ranks 31Before him are Princess Elisabeth of Hesse and by Rhine, Roland Garros, Fanny Kaplan, Edmond Rostand, Ferdinand Hodler, and Niko Pirosmani. After him are Arrigo Boito, Hermann Cohen, Frederick Trump, Paul Vidal de La Blache, Aleksandr Lyapunov, and Ernesto Teodoro Moneta.

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In Germany

Among people born in Germany, Frank Wedekind ranks 724 out of 5,289Before him are Gottfried Semper (1803), Therese Neumann (1898), Stefan George (1868), Dieter Bohlen (1954), Jürgen Prochnow (1941), and Wilhelmine of Prussia, Queen of the Netherlands (1774). After him are Otto III, Duke of Bavaria (1261), George V of Hanover (1819), Frederick Christian, Elector of Saxony (1722), Polykarp Kusch (1911), Manfred Gerlach (1928), and Peter Weiss (1916).

Among WRITERS In Germany

Among writers born in Germany, Frank Wedekind ranks 49Before him are Wilhelm Hauff (1802), Achim von Arnim (1781), Friedrich Gottlieb Klopstock (1724), Clemens Brentano (1778), Hans Sachs (1494), and Stefan George (1868). After him are Peter Weiss (1916), Theodor Fontane (1819), Else Lasker-Schüler (1869), Anna Seghers (1900), Tannhäuser (1205), and Bettina von Arnim (1785).