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Geoffrey Chaucer

1343 - 1400

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Geoffrey Chaucer (; c. 1340s – 25 October 1400) was an English poet, author, and civil servant best known for The Canterbury Tales. He has been called the "father of English literature", or, alternatively, the "father of English poetry". He was the first writer to be buried in what has since come to be called Poets' Corner, in Westminster Abbey. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Geoffrey Chaucer has received more than 5,737,297 page views. His biography is available in 131 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 129 in 2019). Geoffrey Chaucer is the 216th most popular writer (down from 173rd in 2019), the 163rd most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 120th in 2019) and the 20th most popular British Writer.

Geoffrey Chaucer is most famous for his Canterbury Tales, a collection of stories told by a group of pilgrims on their way to Canterbury.

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Among writers, Geoffrey Chaucer ranks 216 out of 5,755Before him are Ferdowsi, Pierre Corneille, Pearl S. Buck, Adam Mickiewicz, Arthur C. Clarke, and Anna Komnene. After him are Nizami Ganjavi, Terry Pratchett, Peter Handke, Luís de Camões, Ray Bradbury, and Luigi Pirandello.

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Among people born in 1343, Geoffrey Chaucer ranks 1After him are Emperor Chōkei, Joan of Valois, Queen of Navarre, Tommaso Mocenigo, Demetrios I Kantakouzenos, Constance of Aragon, Queen of Sicily, and William I, Margrave of Meissen. Among people deceased in 1400, Geoffrey Chaucer ranks 2Before him is Richard II of England. After him are Luo Guanzhong, Rustichello da Pisa, Masamune, Baldus de Ubaldis, Dragoș, Voivode of Moldavia, Atlantic voyage of the predecessor of Mansa Musa, André Beauneveu, Peter of Dusburg, Antonio Venier, and Baude Cordier.

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Among people born in United Kingdom, Geoffrey Chaucer ranks 163 out of 7,765Before him are Anne, Queen of Great Britain (1665), Saint Patrick (385), Mark Knopfler (1949), Aleister Crowley (1875), Arthur C. Clarke (1917), and Judi Dench (1934). After him are Eric Clapton (1945), Terry Pratchett (1948), Charlotte Rampling (1946), Jason Statham (1967), Howard Carter (1874), and John Milton (1608).

Among WRITERS In United Kingdom

Among writers born in United Kingdom, Geoffrey Chaucer ranks 20Before him are William Blake (1757), H. G. Wells (1866), Aldous Huxley (1894), Emily Brontë (1818), Ian Fleming (1908), and Arthur C. Clarke (1917). After him are Terry Pratchett (1948), John Milton (1608), Mary Wollstonecraft (1759), Anna Wintour (1949), J. K. Rowling (1965), and Roald Dahl (1916).