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 248,524 page views. His biography is available in 24 different languages on Wikipedia. Herbert Read is the 2,633rd most popular writer (down from 2,119th in 2019), the 1,998th most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 1,631st in 2019) and the 228th most popular Writer.

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Among writers, Herbert Read ranks 2,633 out of 5,755Before him are Stefan Heym, Mikhail Artsybashev, Fritz Mauthner, Bekir Çoban-zade, Banana Yoshimoto, and Charlie Kaufman. After him are Juan Gelman, Duris of Samos, Mickey Spillane, Samson Raphael Hirsch, Jeremias Gotthelf, and Yasushi Inoue.

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Among people born in 1893, Herbert Read ranks 121Before him are Mina Witkojc, Jean Acker, Harold Laski, Stanisław Szukalski, Olga Baclanova, and Bekir Çoban-zade. After him are Charlotte Bühler, Beatrice Wood, Frederick William Franz, Archduke Leo Karl of Austria, Vera Kholodnaya, and Carlo Emilio Gadda. Among people deceased in 1968, Herbert Read ranks 96Before him are Tullio Serafin, Ramón Menéndez Pidal, R. Norris Williams, Gholamreza Takhti, Gabriel Hanot, and Anthony Asquith. After him are Hitoshi Imamura, Camille Huysmans, Sigfried Giedion, Zaki al-Arsuzi, Lina Stern, and Jan Johansson.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, Herbert Read ranks 1,998 out of 7,765Before him are William Hartnell (1908), John Michell (1724), John Bagot Glubb (1897), Dudley Moore (1935), John Sulston (1942), and William Amherst, 1st Earl Amherst (1773). After him are Graham Bonnet (1947), Jeanette (1951), George Frederic Watts (1817), Mary Hopkin (1950), Samuel Baker (1821), and Nicollette Sheridan (1963).

Among WRITERS In United Kingdom

Among writers born in United Kingdom, Herbert Read ranks 228Before him are Aelred of Rievaulx (1110), Mary Astell (1666), Kay Parker (1944), John Christopher (1922), William Ernest Henley (1849), and Leonard Woolf (1880). After him are Joseph Delaney (1945), Ken Robinson (1950), David C. H. Austin (1926), Arnold Bennett (1867), Robert Burton (1577), and Max Beerbohm (1872).