George Bernard Shaw

1856 - 1950

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George Bernard Shaw (26 July 1856 – 2 November 1950), known at his insistence simply 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 6,718,736 page views. His biography is available in 113 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 110 in 2019). George Bernard Shaw is the 88th most popular writer (down from 73rd in 2019), the 4th most popular biography from Ireland (down from 3rd 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 88 out of 5,794Before him are Milan Kundera, Jonathan Swift, Knut Hamsun, James Joyce, Octave Mirbeau, and Robert Frost. After him are François Rabelais, Astrid Lindgren, Toni Morrison, Charles Bukowski, Heinrich Heine, and Cato the Elder.

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Among people born in 1856, George Bernard Shaw ranks 3Before him are Sigmund Freud and Nikola Tesla. After him are Philippe Pétain, J. J. Thomson, Woodrow Wilson, Frederick Winslow Taylor, Louis Sullivan, Archduchess Gisela of Austria, Robert Peary, Emil Kraepelin, and Napoléon, Prince Imperial. 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, Heinrich Mann, Willis Carrier, Gustav Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Johannes V. Jensen, Marcel Mauss, and Vallabhbhai Patel.

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In Ireland

Among people born in Ireland, George Bernard Shaw ranks 4 out of 460Before him are Oscar Wilde (1854), Jonathan Swift (1667), and James Joyce (1882). After him are George Berkeley (1685), Robert Boyle (1627), Samuel Beckett (1906), Michael Gambon (1940), Bram Stoker (1847), Edmund Burke (1729), Francis Bacon (1909), and Peter O'Toole (1932).

Among WRITERS In Ireland

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