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Franz Werfel

1890 - 1945

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Franz Viktor Werfel (German: [fʁant͡s ˈvɛʁfl̩] (listen); 10 September 1890 – 26 August 1945) was an Austrian-Bohemian novelist, playwright, and poet whose career spanned World War I, the Interwar period, and World War II. He is primarily known as the author of The Forty Days of Musa Dagh (1933, English tr. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Franz Werfel has received more than 329,667 page views. His biography is available in 43 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 42 in 2019). Franz Werfel is the 584th most popular writer (down from 576th in 2019), the 62nd most popular biography from Czechia (down from 55th in 2019) and the 9th most popular Czech Writer.

Frantz Werfel is most famous for his novel, The Song of Bernadette, which tells the story of Bernadette Soubirous, a young girl who had visions of the Virgin Mary in Lourdes, France.

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  • 43

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 7.84

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  • 2.97

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Among writers, Franz Werfel ranks 584 out of 5,755Before him are Theodore Dreiser, Ludvig Holberg, Ghalib, Bernard Gui, Irène Némirovsky, and Elisabeth of Wied. After him are Pietro Metastasio, Gustav Meyrink, August Wilhelm Schlegel, Eduardo Galeano, Philip Larkin, and Thomas Wolfe.

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Among people born in 1890, Franz Werfel ranks 28Before him are El Lissitzky, Kurt Student, Habibullāh Kalakāni, Giorgio Morandi, Victor Lustig, and Maria Goretti. After him are Fanny Kaplan, Michael Collins, Hermann Joseph Muller, Groucho Marx, Bohuslav Martinů, and Rachele Mussolini. Among people deceased in 1945, Franz Werfel ranks 52Before him are Stefan Banach, Giovanni Agnelli, Robert Ritter von Greim, Karl-Otto Koch, Karl Hanke, and Theodore Dreiser. After him are Vladimir Vernadsky, Edgar Cayce, Hans Geiger, Edith Frank, Aleksey Nikolayevich Tolstoy, and Margot Frank.

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In Czechia

Among people born in Czechia, Franz Werfel ranks 62 out of 973Before him are Jan Evangelista Purkyně (1787), Lída Baarová (1914), Karl Hermann Frank (1898), Ludvík Svoboda (1895), Anton Raphael Mengs (1728), and Victor Lustig (1890). After him are Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber (1644), George of Poděbrady (1420), Peter Grünberg (1939), Karl Kraus (1874), Max Wertheimer (1880), and Bonne of Luxembourg (1315).

Among WRITERS In Czechia

Among writers born in Czechia, Franz Werfel ranks 9Before him are Václav Havel (1936), Karel Čapek (1890), Jaroslav Hašek (1883), Max Brod (1884), Bohumil Hrabal (1914), and Milena Jesenská (1896). After him are Karl Kraus (1874), Jaroslav Seifert (1901), Julius Fučík (1903), Ivana Trump (1949), Adalbert Stifter (1805), and Jan Neruda (1834).