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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, and history of art. His writing, which included essays, novels, and poetry, explored such subjects as eroticism, mysticism, surrealism, and transgression. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Georges Bataille has received more than 1,478,948 page views. His biography is available in 48 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 43 in 2019). Georges Bataille is the 321st most popular writer (up from 386th in 2019), the 371st most popular biography from France (up from 439th in 2019) and the 56th 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 321 out of 5,755Before him are Gregory of Tours, Karl May, François Mauriac, Jack Kerouac, Ezra Pound, and Carlos Castaneda. After him are Arthur Schnitzler, Einhard, Dionysius of Halicarnassus, Graham Greene, Elfriede Jelinek, and Arthur Miller.

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Among people born in 1897, Georges Bataille ranks 13Before him are Subhas Chandra Bose, Ivan Konev, Lucky Luciano, Ludwig Erhard, Wilhelm Reich, and Paavo Nurmi. After him are Grand Duchess Tatiana Nikolaevna of Russia, Norbert Elias, Pola Negri, Thích Quảng Đức, Louis Aragon, and Gordon Allport. Among people deceased in 1962, Georges Bataille ranks 10Before him are Adolf Eichmann, Eleanor Roosevelt, William Faulkner, Karen Blixen, Wilhelmina of the Netherlands, and Lucky Luciano. After him are Yves Klein, Arthur Compton, Gaston Bachelard, Auguste Piccard, Princess Marie Bonaparte, and Vasily Stalin.

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In France

Among people born in France, Georges Bataille ranks 371 out of 6,011Before him are Charles Le Brun (1619), Jean-Baptiste-Siméon Chardin (1699), Gregory of Tours (538), Jean Baptiste Perrin (1870), François Mauriac (1885), and Raymond Kopa (1931). After him are Jérôme Bonaparte (1784), Alain Prost (1955), Jules Rimet (1873), Theodor Eicke (1892), André Malraux (1901), and Pytheas (-380).

Among WRITERS In France

Among writers born in France, Georges Bataille ranks 56Before him are Honoré Gabriel Riqueti, comte de Mirabeau (1749), Marguerite de Navarre (1492), Roger Martin du Gard (1881), Prosper Mérimée (1803), Gregory of Tours (538), and François Mauriac (1885). After him are André Malraux (1901), Pierre Beaumarchais (1732), Paul Éluard (1895), Jacques Prévert (1900), Jean Genet (1910), and Alphonse Daudet (1840).