Laurence Sterne

1713 - 1768

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Laurence Sterne (24 November 1713 – 18 March 1768), an Anglo-Irish novelist and Anglican cleric, 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 545,727 page views. His biography is available in 46 different languages on Wikipedia. Laurence Sterne is the 483rd most popular writer (down from 458th in 2019), the 21st most popular biography from Ireland (down from 19th 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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Among writers, Laurence Sterne ranks 483 out of 5,794Before him are Imadaddin Nasimi, Edmondo De Amicis, Anaïs Nin, Enheduanna, Saul Bellow, and Samuel Johnson. After him are Athenaeus, Zecharia Sitchin, Sidney Sheldon, Boris Vian, Mary Higgins Clark, and Erich Kästner.

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

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In Ireland

Among people born in Ireland, Laurence Sterne ranks 21 out of 460Before him are Pierce Brosnan (1953), John Scotus Eriugena (810), Anne Bonny (1702), Richard Harris (1930), W. B. Yeats (1865), and William Rowan Hamilton (1805). After him are Ernest Shackleton (1874), Columbanus (540), Katie McGrath (1983), Michael Collins (1890), Enya (1961), and Francis Beaufort (1774).

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), Sheridan Le Fanu (1814), and Thomas Moore (1779).