Herbert Read

1893 - 1968

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Sir Herbert Edward Read, (; 4 December 1893 – 12 June 1968) was an English art historian, poet, literary critic and philosopher, best known for numerous books on art, which included influential volumes on the role of art in education. Read was co-founder of the Institute of Contemporary Arts. As well as being a prominent English anarchist, he was one of the earliest English writers to take notice of existentialism. He was co-editor with Michael Fordham of the British edition in English of The Collected Works of C. G. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Herbert Read has received more than 234,856 page views. His biography is available in 24 different languages on Wikipedia. Herbert Read is the 2,120th most popular writer (up from 2,149th in 2019), the 1,632nd most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 1,588th in 2019) and the 186th most popular British Writer.

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Among writers, Herbert Read ranks 2,120 out of 5,794Before him are Noël Coward, Winston Groom, Erle Stanley Gardner, Titus Calpurnius Siculus, Johann Peter Hebel, and Eduardo Mendoza Garriga. After him are Janus Pannonius, Orderic Vitalis, Bâkî, Prince Henri of Orléans, Dexippus, and Stefan Heym.

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Among people born in 1893, Herbert Read ranks 94Before him are Alois Hába, Bai Chongxi, Madeleine Astor, William Moulton Marston, Clark Ashton Smith, and Henry Murray. After him are Clas Thunberg, José Calvo Sotelo, Cedric Gibbons, Ernst Marischka, Paul van Zeeland, and Miloš Crnjanski. Among people deceased in 1968, Herbert Read ranks 76Before him are Jean Hyppolite, Santos Iriarte, István Dobi, Tallulah Bankhead, Fyodor Okhlopkov, and Darío Moreno. After him are Camille Huysmans, Ryszard Siwiec, Ildebrando Pizzetti, Ludovico Scarfiotti, Gholamreza Takhti, and Charles Munch.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, Herbert Read ranks 1,632 out of 6,924Before him are Prince Augustus Frederick, Duke of Sussex (1773), Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield (1694), Eunice Gayson (1928), Noël Coward (1899), Rick Wakeman (1949), and Edward the Exile (1016). After him are Ronnie Biggs (1929), Orderic Vitalis (1075), Prince Henri of Orléans (1867), William Parry (1790), Henry Sidgwick (1838), and Walter Crane (1845).

Among WRITERS In United Kingdom

Among writers born in United Kingdom, Herbert Read ranks 186Before him are John Fletcher (1579), John Wilmot, 2nd Earl of Rochester (1647), Alan Sillitoe (1928), Terry Eagleton (1943), Christina Rossetti (1830), and Noël Coward (1899). After him are Orderic Vitalis (1075), Prince Henri of Orléans (1867), Irvine Welsh (1957), William Ernest Henley (1849), Taliesin (518), and Kenneth Grahame (1859).