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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 305,016 page views. His biography is available in 41 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 39 in 2019). Frank Wedekind is the 829th most popular writer (down from 810th in 2019), the 805th most popular biography from Germany (down from 724th in 2019) and the 47th 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 829 out of 5,755Before him are Aelius Donatus, Bernard-Henri Lévy, Pope Dionysius of Alexandria, Bhāsa, Viktor Shklovsky, and Laura de Noves. After him are Ban Gu, Ibn al-Jawzi, Madame Roland, Ian McEwan, Friedrich Gottlieb Klopstock, and Petar II Petrović-Njegoš.

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Among people born in 1864, Frank Wedekind ranks 23Before him are Vilhelm Hammershøi, Wilhelm Karl, Duke of Urach, Dmitri Ivanovsky, John Jacob Astor IV, Heinrich Wölfflin, and Prince Albert Victor, Duke of Clarence and Avondale. After him are Rudolf Kjellén, Charles Cooley, Alfred Stieglitz, Yun Chi-ho, Alexej von Jawlensky, and Séraphine Louis. Among people deceased in 1918, Frank Wedekind ranks 36Before him are Edmond Rostand, Paul Vidal de La Blache, Frederick Trump, Ernesto Teodoro Moneta, Arrigo Boito, and Hermann Cohen. After him are Lili Boulanger, Aleksandr Lyapunov, Charles-Émile Reynaud, Eusebi Güell, Koloman Moser, and Emil Jellinek.

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In Germany

Among people born in Germany, Frank Wedekind ranks 805 out of 6,142Before him are Agnes of Merania (1175), Günther Prien (1908), Johann Adolph Hasse (1699), Carl-Heinrich von Stülpnagel (1886), Gert Fröbe (1913), and Horst Buchholz (1933). After him are Gustav Radbruch (1878), Albert V, Duke of Bavaria (1528), Friedrich Georg Wilhelm von Struve (1793), Pavlo Skoropadskyi (1873), Bernard Katz (1911), and Friedrich Gottlieb Klopstock (1724).

Among WRITERS In Germany

Among writers born in Germany, Frank Wedekind ranks 47Before him are Klaus Mann (1906), Karl Harrer (1890), Bettina von Arnim (1785), Wilhelm Hauff (1802), Peter Weiss (1916), and Hans Fallada (1893). After him are Friedrich Gottlieb Klopstock (1724), Theodor Fontane (1819), Clemens Brentano (1778), Anna Seghers (1900), Achim von Arnim (1781), and Kurt Eisner (1867).