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Herman Melville

1819 - 1891

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Herman Melville (born Melvill; August 1, 1819 – September 28, 1891) was an American novelist, short story writer, and poet of the American Renaissance period. Among his best-known works are Moby-Dick (1851); Typee (1846), a romanticized account of his experiences in Polynesia; and Billy Budd, Sailor, a posthumously published novella. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Herman Melville has received more than 4,922,243 page views. His biography is available in 87 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 86 in 2019). Herman Melville is the 201st most popular writer (down from 160th in 2019), the 173rd most popular biography from United States (down from 133rd in 2019) and the 18th most popular American Writer.

Herman Melville is most famous for writing the novel Moby Dick.

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Among writers, Herman Melville ranks 201 out of 5,755Before him are Tristan Tzara, Ian Fleming, Osamu Dazai, Emily Dickinson, Imre Kertész, and Yasunari Kawabata. After him are Taras Shevchenko, Isaac Bashevis Singer, Stéphane Mallarmé, Friedrich Hölderlin, Henryk Sienkiewicz, and Chinghiz Aitmatov.

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Among people born in 1819, Herman Melville ranks 7Before him are Queen Victoria, Gustave Courbet, Jacques Offenbach, Albert, Prince Consort, Clara Schumann, and Léon Foucault. After him are Walt Whitman, Sir George Stokes, 1st Baronet, Báb, Hippolyte Fizeau, George Eliot, and Maria II of Portugal. Among people deceased in 1891, Herman Melville ranks 5Before him are Arthur Rimbaud, Georges Seurat, Nikolaus Otto, and Helena Blavatsky. After him are Helmuth von Moltke the Elder, Georges-Eugène Haussmann, P. T. Barnum, Pedro II of Brazil, Léo Delibes, Sofia Kovalevskaya, and Wilhelm Eduard Weber.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Herman Melville ranks 173 out of 18,182Before him are Frederick Winslow Taylor (1856), John Williams (1932), Robert K. Merton (1910), Emily Dickinson (1830), Louis Sullivan (1856), and Denzel Washington (1954). After him are Herbert Hoover (1874), Harvey Weinstein (1952), Jane Fonda (1937), William James Sidis (1898), Tom Cruise (1962), and David Lynch (1946).

Among WRITERS In United States

Among writers born in United States, Herman Melville ranks 18Before him are William Faulkner (1897), Frank Herbert (1920), J. D. Salinger (1919), Dale Carnegie (1888), John Steinbeck (1902), and Emily Dickinson (1830). After him are Pearl S. Buck (1892), Ray Bradbury (1920), Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803), Philip K. Dick (1928), Coen brothers (null), and Walt Whitman (1819).