Laurence Sterne

1713 - 1768

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Laurence Sterne (24 November 1713 – 18 March 1768) was an Anglo-Irish novelist and Anglican cleric who wrote the novels The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman and A Sentimental Journey Through France and Italy, published sermons and memoirs, and indulged in local politics. He grew up in a military family, travelling mainly in Ireland but briefly in England. An uncle paid for Sterne to attend Hipperholme Grammar School in the West Riding of Yorkshire, as Sterne's father was ordered to Jamaica, where he died of malaria some years later. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Laurence Sterne has received more than 768,774 page views. His biography is available in 50 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 46 in 2019). Laurence Sterne is the 573rd most popular writer (down from 539th in 2019), the 22nd most popular biography from Ireland (down from 21st in 2019) and the 8th most popular Irish Writer.

Laurence Sterne is most famous for his novel, "The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman."

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Notable Works

A sentimental journey through France and Italy
The Works of Laurence Sterne
Sermons, English
The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman
The beauties of Sterne
Novelists, English
The works of Laurence Sterne


Among writers, Laurence Sterne ranks 573 out of 7,302Before him are Romain Gary, William S. Burroughs, Al-Zamakhshari, Harry Martinson, Gaius Julius Hyginus, and Jaroslav Seifert. After him are Denis of Portugal, Sayat-Nova, James Baldwin, Ninon de l'Enclos, Władysław Reymont, and Cassiodorus.

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Among people born in 1713, Laurence Sterne ranks 3Before him are Denis Diderot, and Ferdinand VI of Spain. After him are Nicolas-Louis de Lacaille, Alexis Clairaut, Jacques-Germain Soufflot, John Stuart, 3rd Earl of Bute, Charles I, Duke of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel, Junípero Serra, Cezayirli Gazi Hasan Pasha, Johann Ludwig Krebs, and Guillaume Thomas François Raynal. Among people deceased in 1768, Laurence Sterne ranks 4Before him are Marie Leszczyńska, Canaletto, and Johann Joachim Winckelmann. After him are Nicola Porpora, Georg Brandt, Joseph-Nicolas Delisle, Hermann Samuel Reimarus, Francesco Maria Veracini, Louis Alexandre, Prince of Lamballe, Louis VIII, Landgrave of Hesse-Darmstadt, and Thomas Pelham-Holles, 1st Duke of Newcastle.

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In Ireland

Among people born in Ireland, Laurence Sterne ranks 22 out of 549Before him are William Rowan Hamilton (1805), Anne Bonny (1702), John Scotus Eriugena (810), W. B. Yeats (1865), Columbanus (540), and Michael D. Higgins (1941). After him are Enya (1961), Lola Montez (1821), Michael Collins (1890), Ernest Shackleton (1874), James Ussher (1581), and Cillian Murphy (1976).

Among WRITERS In Ireland

Among writers born in Ireland, Laurence Sterne ranks 8Before him are Jonathan Swift (1667), James Joyce (1882), George Bernard Shaw (1856), Samuel Beckett (1906), Bram Stoker (1847), and W. B. Yeats (1865). After him are Iris Murdoch (1919), Joseph Murphy (1898), Ethel Voynich (1864), Saint Gall (550), Thomas Moore (1779), and Christy Brown (1932).