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Jean Genet

1910 - 1986

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Jean Genet (French: [ʒɑ̃ ʒənɛ]; (1910-12-19)19 December 1910 – (1986-04-15)15 April 1986) was a French novelist, playwright, poet, essayist, and political activist. In his early life he was a vagabond and petty criminal, but he later became a writer and playwright. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Jean Genet has received more than 1,225,329 page views. His biography is available in 52 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 51 in 2019). Jean Genet is the 358th most popular writer (down from 356th in 2019), the 405th most popular biography from France (down from 393rd in 2019) and the 62nd most popular French Writer.

Jean Genet is most famous for his book, "The Thief's Journal," which he wrote about his time in prison.

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Among writers, Jean Genet ranks 358 out of 5,755Before him are John Keats, Max Brod, Nâzım Hikmet, Jacques Prévert, Ahmad Yasawi, and Andrzej Sapkowski. After him are Ahmad ibn Fadlan, Erik Axel Karlfeldt, Susan Sontag, Pär Lagerkvist, Alphonse Daudet, and Anne Brontë.

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Among people born in 1910, Jean Genet ranks 10Before him are Robert K. Merton, Giuseppe Meazza, Irena Sendler, Ingrid of Sweden, Gloria Stuart, and Konrad Zuse. After him are Paulette Goddard, Django Reinhardt, Walter Schellenberg, Gerda Taro, Ronald Coase, and David Niven. Among people deceased in 1986, Jean Genet ranks 14Before him are Frank Herbert, Jiddu Krishnamurti, Mircea Eliade, Tenzing Norgay, Joseph Beuys, and Georgia O'Keeffe. After him are Harold Macmillan, Urho Kekkonen, Cliff Burton, Celâl Bayar, Henry Moore, and Albert Szent-Györgyi.

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In France

Among people born in France, Jean Genet ranks 405 out of 6,011Before him are Anouk Aimée (1932), Allan Kardec (1804), Raymond IV, Count of Toulouse (1045), Jacques Prévert (1900), Jean-Louis Trintignant (1930), and Margaret of Anjou (1430). After him are Ambroise Paré (1510), René Goscinny (1926), André Citroën (1878), Robert I of France (860), Hortense de Beauharnais (1783), and Eugène Viollet-le-Duc (1814).

Among WRITERS In France

Among writers born in France, Jean Genet ranks 62Before him are Georges Bataille (1897), André Malraux (1901), Pierre Beaumarchais (1732), Henrik, Prince Consort of Denmark (1934), Paul Éluard (1895), and Jacques Prévert (1900). After him are Alphonse Daudet (1840), Henri Charrière (1906), Arthur de Gobineau (1816), Théophile Gautier (1811), Auguste Escoffier (1847), and W. Somerset Maugham (1874).