Fredric Brown

1906 - 1972

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Fredric Brown (October 29, 1906 – March 11, 1972) was an American science fiction, fantasy, and mystery writer. He is known for his use of humor and for his mastery of the "short short" form—stories of one to three pages, often with ingenious plotting devices and surprise endings. Humor and a postmodern outlook carried over into his novels as well. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Fredric Brown has received more than 276,368 page views. His biography is available in 33 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 31 in 2019). Fredric Brown is the 1,133rd most popular writer (down from 1,046th in 2019), the 1,336th most popular biography from United States (down from 1,240th in 2019) and the 127th most popular American Writer.

Fredric Brown is most famous for his mystery novels, which often featured a protagonist who is a detective.

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Notable Works

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1948 Edgar Award Winner Ed Hunter is eighteen, and he isn't happy. He doesn't want to end up like his father, a linotype operator and a drunk, married to a harridan, with a harridan-in-training stepdaughter. Ed wants out, he wants to live, he wants to see the world before it's too late. Then his father doesn't come home one night, and Ed finds out how good he had it. The bulk of the book has Ed teaming up with Uncle Ambrose, a former carny worker, and trying to find out who killed Ed's dad. But the title is as much a coming-of-age tale as it is a pulp. Author Brown won the Edgar award in 1947 for this spectacular first-effort.
His Name Was Death
Murder Can Be Fun
Jewel thieves
What Mad Universe
Martians, go home
Extraterrestrial beings
Luke Devereaux is a science fiction writer who has retreated to a cabin in the mountains for inspiration. Then the Martians appear. They look like the stereotypical little green men but they don't want to invade earth, they just want to annoy mankind. Having Kwimmed (teleported) from Mars they can't touch anything physically or be physically touched themselves but they can see in the dark and can see through walls and take great delight in revealing all our secrets and generally causing irritation ...

Page views of Fredric Browns by language

Over the past year Fredric Brown has had the most page views in the with 33,205 views, followed by Japanese (11,987), and Italian (11,673). In terms of yearly growth of page views the top 3 wikpedia editions are Basque (103.86%), Bulgarian (84.99%), and Ukrainian (76.07%)


Among writers, Fredric Brown ranks 1,133 out of 7,302Before him are John Grisham, August von Kotzebue, Lycophron, Clément Marot, Sami Frashëri, and John Updike. After him are Rigas Feraios, Bharata Muni, Saint Gall, Michel Butor, Arnold Zweig, and Bulat Okudzhava.

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Among people born in 1906, Fredric Brown ranks 63Before him are Ernst Chain, James Hadley Chase, André Weil, Philip Johnson, Hans Aumeier, and Ettore Majorana. After him are Anthony Mann, Nelson Goodman, Chandra Shekhar Azad, Luis Federico Leloir, Douglas McGregor, and Zhou Youguang. Among people deceased in 1972, Fredric Brown ranks 41Before him are Jackie Robinson, Antonio Segni, Ferdinand Čatloš, Said bin Taimur, Lale Andersen, and Mahalia Jackson. After him are Louis Leakey, Lester B. Pearson, Ásgeir Ásgeirsson, Josep Samitier, Karl Silberbauer, and S. R. Ranganathan.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Fredric Brown ranks 1,336 out of 20,380Before him are William Boeing (1881), Lee de Forest (1873), Jean Tatlock (1914), Raoul Walsh (1887), Eric Roberts (1956), and John Updike (1932). After him are Madam C. J. Walker (1867), Britney Spears (1981), Adam West (1928), Richard Farnsworth (1920), Richard Donner (1930), and John Foster Dulles (1888).

Among WRITERS In United States

Among writers born in United States, Fredric Brown ranks 127Before him are Valerie Solanas (1936), Alfred Thayer Mahan (1840), Michael Connelly (1956), Norman Mailer (1923), John Grisham (1955), and John Updike (1932). After him are Anne Rice (1941), E. Howard Hunt (1918), John Jacob Astor IV (1864), Solomon Northup (1808), Dan Simmons (1948), and Ida Tarbell (1857).