Helene Hanff

1916 - 1997

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Helene Hanff (April 15, 1916 – April 9, 1997) was an American writer born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Helene Hanff has received more than 296,461 page views. Her biography is available in 17 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 15 in 2019). Helene Hanff is the 4,703rd most popular writer (up from 5,358th in 2019), the 6,378th most popular biography from United States (up from 8,670th in 2019) and the 512th most popular American Writer.

Memorability Metrics

  • 300k

    Page Views (PV)

  • 48.42

    Historical Popularity Index (HPI)

  • 17

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 3.42

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 2.63

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

Notable Works

Apple of my eye
American Authors, Biography, Description and travel
Letter from New York
Anecdotes, Social life and customs, New york (n.y.), social life and customs
For six years, the author of 84 Charing Cross Road captivated audiences with her monthly BBC broadcasts about her unique adventures living in New York City. Now collected in a charming volume, these vignettes capture an intimate and quirky New York--a witty and humorous depiction that will be treasured by all her admirers.
84, Charing Cross Road
American Authors, Biography, Booksellers and bookselling
It all began with a letter inquiring about second-hand books, written by Helene Hanff in New York, and posted to a bookshop at 84, Charing Cross Road in London. As Helene's sarcastic and witty letters are responded to by the stodgy and proper bookshop employee Frank Doel, a relationship blossoms into a warm and charming long-distance friendship lasting many years.
The Duchess of Bloomsbury Street
Travel, Americans, Description and travel
Q's legacy
American Authors, Biography, Hanff
Underfoot in show business
American Authors, Authors, Biography
Helene Hanff's witty memoir of her adventures and misadventures as an aspiring playwright in New York City, 1940s-1960s.

Page views of Helene Hanffs by language

Over the past year Helene Hanff has had the most page views in the with 36,919 views, followed by Italian (9,966), and German (7,328). In terms of yearly growth of page views the top 3 wikpedia editions are Italian (765.86%), Japanese (450.44%), and Southern Azerbaijani (68.79%)


Among writers, Helene Hanff ranks 4,703 out of 7,302Before her are George du Maurier, Knud Knudsen, Patrik Ouředník, Jonathan Carroll, Bo Goldman, and John Mawe. After her are Alfredo Zitarrosa, Emma Andijewska, Riaz Ahmed Gohar Shahi, Ahmet Mithat, Juan José Millás, and Eduardo Pondal.

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Among people born in 1916, Helene Hanff ranks 194Before her are Runer Jonsson, Dinah Shore, Charles Kittel, Yasuji Miyazaki, Ettore Puricelli, and Einar Englund. After her are Tinus Osendarp, Roy Ward Baker, Guglielmo Gabetto, Irwin Allen, John D. MacDonald, and Edward Platt. Among people deceased in 1997, Helene Hanff ranks 215Before her are Ondino Viera, Ben Hogan, David Doyle, Ivan Yarygin, Charles Hallahan, and Sotiria Bellou. After her are Albín Brunovský, Dharamvir Bharati, Eddie Chapman, Enrique Peralta Azurdia, Erich Eliskases, and Willy den Ouden.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Helene Hanff ranks 6,378 out of 20,380Before her are Melinda Dillon (1939), Bo Goldman (1932), Mother Angelica (1923), Louis Calhern (1895), Edwin Stanton (1814), and Corbin Bleu (1989). After her are Joseph Sargent (1925), Robert Ryman (1930), Jane Colden (1724), Thelma Todd (1906), Steven Culp (1955), and Bernadette Peters (1948).

Among WRITERS In United States

Among writers born in United States, Helene Hanff ranks 512Before her are Eudora Welty (1909), Tobias Wolff (1945), Louis Bromfield (1896), Mary McCarthy (1912), Jonathan Carroll (1949), and Bo Goldman (1932). After her are Shel Silverstein (1930), Saul Alinsky (1909), Robert B. Parker (1932), Cordwainer Smith (1913), Rod Serling (1924), and Damon Knight (1922).