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George Steiner

1929 - 2020

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Francis George Steiner, FBA (April 23, 1929 – February 3, 2020) was a Franco-American literary critic, essayist, philosopher, novelist and educator. He wrote extensively about the relationship between language, literature and society, as well as the impact of the Holocaust. A 2001 article in The Guardian described Steiner as a "polyglot and polymath".Among his admirers, Steiner is ranked "among the great minds in today's literary world". English novelist A. S. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of George Steiner has received more than 526,370 page views. His biography is available in 35 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 34 in 2019). George Steiner is the 773rd most popular writer (down from 503rd in 2019), the 903rd most popular biography from France (down from 569th in 2019) and the 120th most popular French Writer.

George Steiner is most famous for his book "Language and Silence" which discusses the relationship between language and silence.

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  • 62.92

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  • 35

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  • 8.32

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  • 2.30

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Among writers, George Steiner ranks 773 out of 5,755Before him are Diana Wynne Jones, Stephen Covey, Ingeborg Bachmann, Marie de France, Venantius Fortunatus, and Cesare Pavese. After him are Joseph of Anchieta, Abu al-Ghazi Bahadur, Maurice Druon, André Chénier, Bernard Le Bovier de Fontenelle, and Sherwood Anderson.

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Among people born in 1929, George Steiner ranks 55Before him are Yevgeny Primakov, Lennart Meri, Richard E. Taylor, Günter Schabowski, Christa Wolf, and Peter L. Berger. After him are Zoltán Czibor, Isamu Akasaki, Ralf Dahrendorf, Jerry Goldsmith, Mohamed Al-Fayed, and E. O. Wilson. Among people deceased in 2020, George Steiner ranks 41Before him are Brian Dennehy, Lee Kun-hee, Mary Higgins Clark, Dmitry Yazov, Rob Rensenbrink, and Little Richard. After him are Michael Lonsdale, Lucia Bosè, Christopher Tolkien, Kim Ki-duk, Stirling Moss, and Joel Schumacher.

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In France

Among people born in France, George Steiner ranks 903 out of 6,011Before him are Beatrice I, Countess of Burgundy (1143), Auguste Mariette (1821), Arnaut Daniel (1150), Francesco Bartolomeo Rastrelli (1700), Marie de France (1101), and Jacques Delors (1925). After him are Fredegund (545), Jean-Marie Lehn (1939), Antoine Laurent de Jussieu (1748), Robert I, Duke of Burgundy (1011), Claude Chappe (1763), and Charles François Dumouriez (1739).

Among WRITERS In France

Among writers born in France, George Steiner ranks 120Before him are Pierre de Ronsard (1524), Jean Froissart (1337), Chevalier d'Éon (1728), Sidonius Apollinaris (430), Edmond de Goncourt (1822), and Marie de France (1101). After him are Maurice Druon (1918), Bernard Le Bovier de Fontenelle (1657), Philippe Ariès (1914), Juliette Récamier (1777), Max Jacob (1876), and Marie de Rabutin-Chantal, marquise de Sévigné (1626).