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 4,158,563 page views. His biography is available in 86 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 84 in 2019). Herman Melville is the 160th most popular writer (up from 168th in 2019), the 133rd most popular biography from United States (down from 128th in 2019) and the 15th most popular American Writer.

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

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Among writers, Herman Melville ranks 160 out of 5,794Before him are Novalis, Janusz Korczak, William Faulkner, Ray Bradbury, H. G. Wells, and Abu Nuwas. After him are Elias Canetti, Murasaki Shikibu, Du Fu, Snorri Sturluson, Petronius, and Ivo Andrić.

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Among people born in 1819, Herman Melville ranks 6Before him are Queen Victoria, Gustave Courbet, Jacques Offenbach, Clara Schumann, and Albert, Prince Consort. After him are Léon Foucault, Walt Whitman, Sir George Stokes, 1st Baronet, Báb, John Ruskin, and Hippolyte Fizeau. Among people deceased in 1891, Herman Melville ranks 4Before him are Arthur Rimbaud, Nikolaus Otto, and Georges Seurat. After him are Helena Blavatsky, Helmuth von Moltke the Elder, Sofia Kovalevskaya, Léo Delibes, Wilhelm Eduard Weber, Georges-Eugène Haussmann, Pedro II of Brazil, and Theo van Gogh.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Herman Melville ranks 133 out of 15,968Before him are Steve McQueen (1930), William Faulkner (1897), Ray Bradbury (1920), Robert Redford (1936), Henry Fonda (1905), and Grace Kelly (1929). After him are Woodrow Wilson (1856), Linus Pauling (1901), Lee Harvey Oswald (1939), Nicolas Cage (1964), Amelia Earhart (1897), and Vince McMahon (1945).

Among WRITERS In United States

Among writers born in United States, Herman Melville ranks 15Before him are Henry David Thoreau (1817), J. D. Salinger (1919), John Steinbeck (1902), H. P. Lovecraft (1890), William Faulkner (1897), and Ray Bradbury (1920). After him are Dale Carnegie (1888), Coen brothers (null), Pearl S. Buck (1892), Dr. Seuss (1904), Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803), and Walt Whitman (1819).