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George Bernard Shaw

1856 - 1950

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George Bernard Shaw (26 July 1856 – 2 November 1950), known at his insistence as Bernard Shaw, was an Irish playwright, critic, polemicist and political activist. His influence on Western theatre, culture and politics extended from the 1880s to his death and beyond. He wrote more than sixty plays, including major works such as Man and Superman (1902), Pygmalion (1913) and Saint Joan (1923). Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of George Bernard Shaw has received more than 8,429,897 page views. His biography is available in 114 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 113 in 2019). George Bernard Shaw is the 94th most popular writer (down from 88th in 2019), the 5th most popular biography from Ireland (down from 4th in 2019) and the 4th most popular Irish Writer.

George Bernard Shaw is most famous for his plays, which include "Pygmalion" and "Saint Joan."

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Among writers, George Bernard Shaw ranks 94 out of 5,755Before him are Virginia Woolf, Maxim Gorky, Maurice Maeterlinck, Lewis Carroll, Jean de La Fontaine, and Knut Hamsun. After him are George Sand, Rainer Maria Rilke, Ismail I, José Saramago, Theodor Herzl, and Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn.

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Among people born in 1856, George Bernard Shaw ranks 3Before him are Nikola Tesla and Sigmund Freud. After him are Woodrow Wilson, Philippe Pétain, J. J. Thomson, Frederick Winslow Taylor, Louis Sullivan, Archduchess Gisela of Austria, Robert Peary, Napoléon, Prince Imperial, and Emil Kraepelin. Among people deceased in 1950, George Bernard Shaw ranks 2Before him is George Orwell. After him are Joseph Schumpeter, Gustaf V of Sweden, Vaslav Nijinsky, Johannes V. Jensen, Gustav Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach, Albert Lebrun, Léon Blum, Marcel Mauss, Willis Carrier, and Vallabhbhai Patel.

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In Ireland

Among people born in Ireland, George Bernard Shaw ranks 5 out of 501Before him are Oscar Wilde (1854), James Joyce (1882), Robert Boyle (1627), and Jonathan Swift (1667). After him are George Berkeley (1685), Samuel Beckett (1906), Michael Gambon (1940), Edmund Burke (1729), Pierce Brosnan (1953), Bram Stoker (1847), and Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington (1769).

Among WRITERS In Ireland

Among writers born in Ireland, George Bernard Shaw ranks 4Before him are Oscar Wilde (1854), James Joyce (1882), and Jonathan Swift (1667). After him are Samuel Beckett (1906), Bram Stoker (1847), W. B. Yeats (1865), Laurence Sterne (1713), Joseph Murphy (1898), Saint Gall (550), Iris Murdoch (1919), and Ethel Voynich (1864).