Jean-Joseph Rabearivelo

1901 - 1937

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Jean-Joseph Rabearivelo (4 March 1901 or 1903 – 22 June 1937), born Joseph-Casimir Rabearivelo, is widely considered to be Africa's first modern poet and the greatest literary artist of Madagascar. Part of the first generation raised under French colonization, Rabearivelo grew up impoverished and failed to complete secondary education. His passion for French literature and traditional Malagasy poetry (ohabolana) prompted him to read extensively and educate himself on a variety of subjects, including the French language and its poetic and prose traditions. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Jean-Joseph Rabearivelo has received more than 97,966 page views. His biography is available in 20 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 19 in 2019). Jean-Joseph Rabearivelo is the 3,240th most popular writer (down from 2,768th in 2019), the 17th most popular biography from Madagascar (down from 16th in 2019) and the 2nd most popular Malagasy Writer.

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Among writers, Jean-Joseph Rabearivelo ranks 3,240 out of 5,794Before him are Filippo Buonaccorsi, Leslie Stephen, Michael Denis, Gertrude Jekyll, Jean-Louis de Rambures, and Vitsentzos Kornaros. After him are Leonhard Frank, Leone Ginzburg, Shen Congwen, Jules Janin, Sachchidananda Vatsyayan, and Maria Dąbrowska.

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Among people born in 1901, Jean-Joseph Rabearivelo ranks 148Before him are Yuliya Solntseva, André Parrot, Ebbe Schwartz, Vilma Bánky, Zeppo Marx, and Mária Mednyánszky. After him are Arne Borg, Frederick Loewe, Ahmet Hamdi Tanpınar, Nina Bari, Willy Fritsch, and Syama Prasad Mukherjee. Among people deceased in 1937, Jean-Joseph Rabearivelo ranks 89Before him are Camillo Berneri, Karel Kramář, Jaan Anvelt, Philip de László, Eero Järnefelt, and Thubten Choekyi Nyima, 9th Panchen Lama. After him are Felix Hamrin, Alfred Abel, Albert Heim, Lyubomir Miletich, Ilya Ilf, and Carlo Rosselli.

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In Madagascar

Among people born in Madagascar, Jean-Joseph Rabearivelo ranks 17 out of 32Before him are Marc Ravalomanana (1949), Gabriel Ramanantsoa (1906), Albert Zafy (1927), Rainilaiarivony (1828), Hery Rajaonarimampianina (1958), and Richard Ratsimandrava (1931). After him are Andry Rajoelina (1974), Armand Razafindratandra (1925), Norbert Ratsirahonana (1938), Gilles Andriamahazo (1919), Ali Soilih (1937), and Said Mohamed Djohar (1918).

Among WRITERS In Madagascar

Among writers born in Madagascar, Jean-Joseph Rabearivelo ranks 2Before him are Claude Simon (1913).