Jean de La Fontaine

1621 - 1695

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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 679,520 page views. His biography is available in 80 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 76 in 2019). Jean de La Fontaine is the 120th most popular writer (up from 129th in 2019), the 128th most popular biography from France (up from 136th in 2019) and the 31st most popular French Writer.

Jean de la Fontaine is most famous for his fables, which are short stories with animal characters.

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Among writers, Jean de La Fontaine ranks 120 out of 5,794Before him are Samuel Beckett, Anatole France, Alexandre Dumas fils, Ismail I, Jean Cocteau, and Henry David Thoreau. After him are Hafez, Federico García Lorca, Plautus, Rudyard Kipling, Robert Louis Stevenson, and Emily Brontë.

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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, Guru Tegh Bahadur, Leonora Christina Ulfeldt, Allaert van Everdingen, Maximilian Henry of Bavaria, Isaac van Ostade, and Shi Lang. Among people deceased in 1695, Jean de La Fontaine ranks 2Before him is Christiaan Huygens. After him are Ahmed II, Henry Purcell, Johann Ambrosius Bach, Juana Inés de la Cruz, Pierre Mignard, Zumbi, Christian Albert, Duke of Holstein-Gottorp, Thomas Tew, François-Henri de Montmorency, duc de Luxembourg, and Ludwika Karolina Radziwiłł.

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In France

Among people born in France, Jean de La Fontaine ranks 128 out of 5,234Before him are Alexandre Dumas fils (1824), Georges Braque (1882), Pope Clement V (1264), Pierre Bourdieu (1930), Jean le Rond d'Alembert (1717), and Jean Cocteau (1889). After him are Philippe I, Duke of Orléans (1640), Louis Daguerre (1787), Pierre Curie (1859), Saint Sebastian (300), Jean-François Champollion (1790), and Jacques Chirac (1932).

Among WRITERS In France

Among writers born in France, Jean de La Fontaine ranks 31Before him are George Sand (1804), François Villon (1431), Nicolas Flamel (1330), Anatole France (1844), Alexandre Dumas fils (1824), and Jean Cocteau (1889). After him are Sully Prudhomme (1839), André Breton (1896), Petronius (27), Cyrano de Bergerac (1619), Jean Racine (1639), and François-René de Chateaubriand (1768).