Georges Bataille

1897 - 1962

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Georges Albert Maurice Victor Bataille (; French: [ʒɔʁʒ batɑj]; 10 September 1897 – 9 July 1962) was a French philosopher and intellectual working in philosophy, literature, sociology, anthropology, consumerism, and history of art. His writing, which included essays, novels, and poetry, explored such subjects as erotism, mysticism, surrealism, and transgression. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Georges Bataille has received more than 1,023,612 page views. His biography is available in 43 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 42 in 2019). Georges Bataille is the 386th most popular writer (down from 347th in 2019), the 440th most popular biography from France (down from 379th in 2019) and the 70th most popular French Writer.

Georges Bataille is most famous for his philosophy and writings on transgression, which he defines as the deliberate violation of a taboo.

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Among writers, Georges Bataille ranks 386 out of 5,794Before him are Beatrix Potter, Patrick Modiano, Marguerite Yourcenar, Paul Éluard, Czesław Miłosz, and Philip Roth. After him are Louise de La Vallière, Alvin Toffler, Ahmad Yasawi, Vladimir Vysotsky, Pietro Aretino, and Maurice Leblanc.

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Among people born in 1897, Georges Bataille ranks 15Before him are Wilhelm Reich, Paavo Nurmi, Ludwig Erhard, Subhas Chandra Bose, Norbert Elias, and Grand Duchess Tatiana Nikolaevna of Russia. After him are Gordon Allport, Enid Blyton, Frank Capra, Louis Aragon, Kurt Schuschnigg, and Pola Negri. Among people deceased in 1962, Georges Bataille ranks 11Before him are Adolf Eichmann, William Faulkner, Karen Blixen, Wilhelmina of the Netherlands, Lucky Luciano, and Yves Klein. After him are Arthur Compton, Gaston Bachelard, Princess Marie Bonaparte, Auguste Piccard, Stuart Sutcliffe, and Michael Curtiz.

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In France

Among people born in France, Georges Bataille ranks 440 out of 5,234Before him are Robert Delaunay (1885), Paul Éluard (1895), Louis Antoine de Bougainville (1729), Alain Prost (1955), Urbain Le Verrier (1811), and Raymond Kopa (1931). After him are Louis, Dauphin of France (1729), Camille Desmoulins (1760), Antoine of Navarre (1518), Louise de La Vallière (1644), Marie Louise d’Orléans (1662), and Michel Piccoli (1925).

Among WRITERS In France

Among writers born in France, Georges Bataille ranks 70Before him are Alphonse de Lamartine (1790), Jacques-Bénigne Bossuet (1627), Auguste Escoffier (1847), Hector Malot (1830), Patrick Modiano (1945), and Paul Éluard (1895). After him are Louise de La Vallière (1644), Maurice Leblanc (1864), Françoise Sagan (1935), Pierre Beaumarchais (1732), Jacques Hébert (1757), and André Maurois (1885).