Jean de La Fontaine

1621 - 1695

Jean de La Fontaine

Jean de La Fontaine (UK: , US: , French: [ʒɑ̃ d(ə) la fɔ̃tɛn]; 8 July 1621 – 13 April 1695) was a French fabulist and one of the most widely read French poets of the 17th century. He is known above all for his Fables, which provided a model for subsequent fabulists across Europe and numerous alternative versions in France, as well as in French regional languages. After a long period of royal suspicion, he was admitted to the French Academy and his reputation in France has never faded since. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Jean de La Fontaine has received more than 525,025 page views. His biography is available in 76 different languages on Wikipedia making him the 130th most popular writer.

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Among writers, Jean de La Fontaine ranks 129 out of 4,883Before him are Khalil Gibran, Günter Grass, Robert Louis Stevenson, Ivo Andrić, Murasaki Shikibu, and August Strindberg. After him are Octave Mirbeau, Cyrano de Bergerac, William Blake, Nicolas Flamel, E. T. A. Hoffmann, and Catullus.

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Among people born in 1621, Jean de La Fontaine ranks 1After him are Louis, Grand Condé, Amakusa Shirō, George II Rákóczi, Thomas Willis, Petar Zrinski, Allaert van Everdingen, Leonora Christina Ulfeldt, Maximilian Henry of Bavaria, Shi Lang, Guru Tegh Bahadur, and Andrew Marvell. Among people deceased in 1695, Jean de La Fontaine ranks 3Before him are Christiaan Huygens and Ahmed II. After him are Henry Purcell, Johann Ambrosius Bach, Juana Inés de la Cruz, Zumbi, Pierre Mignard, Christian Albert, Duke of Holstein-Gottorp, François-Henri de Montmorency, duc de Luxembourg, Ludwika Karolina Radziwiłł, and Melchior d'Hondecoeter.

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In France

Among people born in France, Jean de La Fontaine ranks 137 out of 4,109Before him are Camille Saint-Saëns (1835), Pope Clement V (1264), Jacques Cartier (1491), Saint Sebastian (300), Roman Polanski (1933), and Pope Urban V (1310). After him are Georges Braque (1882), Octave Mirbeau (1848), Charles VI of France (1368), Cyrano de Bergerac (1619), Jean-François Champollion (1790), and Pope Gregory XI (1370).

Among WRITERS In France

Among writers born in France, Jean de La Fontaine ranks 29Before him are George Sand (1804), François Rabelais (1494), Alexandre Dumas fils (1824), François Villon (1431), Paul Verlaine (1844), and Jean Cocteau (1889). After him are Octave Mirbeau (1848), Cyrano de Bergerac (1619), Nicolas Flamel (1330), Sully Prudhomme (1839), Petronius (27), and André Breton (1896).

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