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James Clavell

1921 - 1994

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James Clavell (born Charles Edmund Dumaresq Clavell; 10 October 1921 – 7 September 1994) was an Australian-born British (later naturalized American) writer, screenwriter, director, and World War II veteran and prisoner of war. Clavell is best known as the author of his Asian Saga novels, a number of which have had television adaptations. Clavell also wrote such screenplays as those for The Fly (1958) (based on the short story by George Langelaan) and The Great Escape (1963) (based on the personal account of Paul Brickhill). Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of James Clavell has received more than 1,104,825 page views. His biography is available in 31 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 30 in 2019). James Clavell is the 1,369th most popular writer (down from 1,224th in 2019), the 43rd most popular biography from Australia (down from 34th in 2019) and the 3rd most popular Australian Writer.

James Clavell is most famous for his book Shogun, which tells the story of a British sailor who is captured by Japanese pirates and taken to Japan.

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Among writers, James Clavell ranks 1,369 out of 5,755Before him are Oribasius, Maryse Condé, Sławomir Mrożek, Laonikos Chalkokondyles, Terpander, and Subramania Bharati. After him are Neil Gaiman, Widukind of Corvey, Alfonsina Storni, Zachris Topelius, James Patterson, and Boris Pahor.

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Among people born in 1921, James Clavell ranks 89Before him are Paddy Roy Bates, Chris Marker, Amin al-Hafiz, Thomas Schelling, John Money, and Geoffrey Wilkinson. After him are Gene Roddenberry, Murray Bookchin, Françoise Gilot, Oskar Gröning, Mary Douglas, and Raymond Goethals. Among people deceased in 1994, James Clavell ranks 68Before him are John Candy, Sebastian Shaw, Chung Il-kwon, Nicolás Gómez Dávila, Robert Bloch, and Max Bill. After him are Cab Calloway, Lionel Stander, Clement Greenberg, Kuvempu, Jacques Ellul, and Nikolai Ogarkov.

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In Australia

Among people born in Australia, James Clavell ranks 43 out of 925Before him are Sia (1975), Eric Bana (1968), Alan Jones (1946), Nick Cave (1957), Rod Taylor (1930), and Johnny Logan (1954). After him are Lisa Gerrard (1961), Judith Anderson (1897), Jonathan Hyde (1948), Simon Baker (1969), John Noble (1948), and Barry Marshall (1951).

Among WRITERS In Australia

Among writers born in Australia, James Clavell ranks 3Before him are Colleen McCullough (1937) and P. L. Travers (1899). After him are Rhonda Byrne (1945), Thomas Keneally (1935), John Flanagan (1944), Germaine Greer (1939), James Aldridge (1918), Morris West (1916), Elizabeth von Arnim (1866), Annette Kellermann (1887), and Gregory David Roberts (1952).