Fredric Brown

1906 - 1972

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Fredric Brown (October 29, 1906 – March 11, 1972) was an American science fiction and mystery writer. He is known for his use of humor and for his mastery of the "short short" form—stories of 1 to 3 pages, often with ingenious plotting devices and surprise endings. Humor and a somewhat 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 174,894 page views. His biography is available in 30 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 28 in 2019). Fredric Brown is the 1,054th most popular writer (down from 1,039th in 2019), the 1,203rd most popular biography from United States (down from 1,134th in 2019) and the 121st 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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Among writers, Fredric Brown ranks 1,054 out of 5,794. Before him are Edith Wharton, Italo Svevo, Tibor Sekelj, Robert Merle, John Dickson Carr, and Philostratus. After him are Timaeus of Locri, Alfred Thayer Mahan, Lawrence Durrell, Joost van den Vondel, James Hadley Chase, and Roger Caillois.

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Among people born in 1906, Fredric Brown ranks 58Before him are Marie José of Belgium, Bugsy Siegel, Marcel Carné, Anthony Mann, Max Delbrück, and John Dickson Carr. After him are James Hadley Chase, Nelson Goodman, Muzafer Sherif, Primo Carnera, Ettore Majorana, and André Weil. Among people deceased in 1972, Fredric Brown ranks 34Before him are Ludwig von Bertalanffy, Lale Andersen, Georg von Békésy, Jackie Robinson, Henri Coandă, and Ferdinand Čatloš. After him are Karl Silberbauer, Louis Leakey, Said bin Taimur, Margaret Rutherford, Antonio Segni, and Hans Scharoun.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Fredric Brown ranks 1,203 out of 15,968. Before him are Bette Midler (1945), Solomon R. Guggenheim (1861), Brooke Shields (1965), Joseph Kosuth (1945), Vernon L. Smith (1927), and John Dickson Carr (1906). After him are E. O. Wilson (1929), Andrew Dickson White (1832), River Phoenix (1970), Alfred Thayer Mahan (1840), Albert Pike (1809), and Nelson Goodman (1906).

Among WRITERS In United States

Among writers born in United States, Fredric Brown ranks 121Before him are Sherwood Anderson (1876), Cormac McCarthy (1933), Will Durant (1885), Tess Gerritsen (1953), Edith Wharton (1862), and John Dickson Carr (1906). After him are Alfred Thayer Mahan (1840), Dalton Trumbo (1905), Ken Kesey (1935), John Grisham (1955), Donna Leon (1942), and Valerie Solanas (1936).