John Dryden

1631 - 1700

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John Dryden (; 19 August [O.S. 9 August] 1631 – 12 May [O.S. 1 May] 1700) was an English poet, literary critic, translator, and playwright who in 1668 was appointed England's first Poet Laureate. He is seen as dominating the literary life of Restoration England to such a point that the period came to be known in literary circles as the Age of Dryden. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of John Dryden has received more than 1,876,585 page views. His biography is available in 67 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 64 in 2019). John Dryden is the 1,243rd most popular writer (up from 1,378th in 2019), the 926th most popular biography from United Kingdom (up from 1,090th in 2019) and the 110th most popular British Writer.

John Dryden is most famous for being a poet, critic, and dramatist. He is also well known for his translation of Virgil's Aeneid.

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Over the past year John Dryden has had the most page views in the with 209,642 views, followed by Spanish (11,309), and Russian (6,269). In terms of yearly growth of page views the top 3 wikpedia editions are Cornish (182.54%), Irish (122.31%), and Cantonese (90.69%)


Among writers, John Dryden ranks 1,243 out of 7,302Before him are Radoje Domanović, Andrei Platonov, Shammai, Vittorio Alfieri, Yosa Buson, and Salawat Yulayev. After him are Arturo Pérez-Reverte, Al-Khansa, Publilius Syrus, Arthur Hailey, Samuel Pepys, and Symeon the New Theologian.

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Among people born in 1631, John Dryden ranks 4Before him are Isaac Barrow, Mary, Princess Royal and Princess of Orange, and François Vatel. After him are Al-Rashid of Morocco, Abraham Brueghel, Pierre Beauchamp, Anne Conway, Marco d'Aviano, Selim I Giray, Flavio Chigi, and Stanislaus Papczyński. Among people deceased in 1700, John Dryden ranks 4Before him are Charles II of Spain, Pope Innocent XII, and André Le Nôtre. After him are Do-Aklin, Prince William, Duke of Gloucester, Monsieur de Sainte-Colombe, Lagâri Hasan Çelebi, Marguerite Bourgeoys, Louis Jolliet, Rajaram I, and Silvestro Valier.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, John Dryden ranks 926 out of 8,785Before him are Bob Klose (1945), David Irving (1938), Thomas of Lancaster, 1st Duke of Clarence (1388), Thomas Tallis (1502), Charles Grey, 2nd Earl Grey (1764), and Terence Stamp (1938). After him are Alan Hodgkin (1914), Arthur Hailey (1920), Karl Jenkins (1944), Samuel Pepys (1633), John Harvard (1607), and Carol Reed (1906).

Among WRITERS In United Kingdom

Among writers born in United Kingdom, John Dryden ranks 110Before him are Edmund Spenser (1552), Samuel Butler (1612), Elizabeth Gaskell (1810), Sarah, Duchess of York (1959), James Anderson (1680), and David Irving (1938). After him are Arthur Hailey (1920), Samuel Pepys (1633), Rosamunde Pilcher (1924), Lobsang Rampa (1910), Thomas Chatterton (1752), and Alma Reville (1899).