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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 1 to 3 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 241,907 page views. His biography is available in 31 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 30 in 2019). Fredric Brown is the 1,053rd most popular writer (up from 1,054th in 2019), the 1,240th most popular biography from United States (down from 1,202nd in 2019) and the 126th 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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  • 240k

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  • 60.66

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  • 31

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 7.47

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  • 2.09

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

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Among writers, Fredric Brown ranks 1,053 out of 5,755Before him are Robert de Montesquiou, Natalie Clifford Barney, D. T. Suzuki, Meša Selimović, N. F. S. Grundtvig, and Ernst Barlach. After him are Edmund Spenser, Mori Ōgai, Kobayashi Issa, Emil Ludwig, Alfred Brehm, and Adalbert Stifter.

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Among people born in 1906, Fredric Brown ranks 61Before him are Empress Wanrong, Albert Sabin, Max Delbrück, Ettore Majorana, Vera Menchik, and James Hadley Chase. After him are Anthony Mann, André Weil, Muzafer Sherif, Douglas McGregor, Chandra Shekhar Azad, and Heinz Harmel. Among people deceased in 1972, Fredric Brown ranks 37Before him are Jackie Robinson, Emil Maurice, Ludwig von Bertalanffy, Henri Coandă, Karl Silberbauer, and Natalie Clifford Barney. After him are Lale Andersen, Bronislava Nijinska, Ásgeir Ásgeirsson, Louis Leakey, S. R. Ranganathan, and Said bin Taimur.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Fredric Brown ranks 1,240 out of 18,182Before him are Norman Borlaug (1914), Alan J. Pakula (1928), Aaron Burr (1756), Lenny Kravitz (1964), Kim Kardashian (1980), and Bill Haley (1925). After him are George Akerlof (1940), Jim Lovell (1928), Shia LaBeouf (1986), Geena Davis (1956), Marisa Tomei (1964), and Frederick Cook (1865).

Among WRITERS In United States

Among writers born in United States, Fredric Brown ranks 126Before him are Tess Gerritsen (1953), Irving Stone (1903), Clive Cussler (1931), Zelda Fitzgerald (1900), Will Durant (1885), and Natalie Clifford Barney (1876). After him are Erskine Caldwell (1903), Joan Didion (1934), Irwin Shaw (1913), Cormac McCarthy (1933), Edith Wharton (1862), and Nora Roberts (1950).