Marion Zimmer Bradley

1930 - 1999

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Marion Eleanor Zimmer Bradley (June 3, 1930 – September 25, 1999) was an American author of fantasy, historical fantasy, science fiction, and science fantasy novels, and is best known for the Arthurian fiction novel The Mists of Avalon and the Darkover series. She was noted for the feminist perspective in her writing. Bradley began writing at the age of 17 and later graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Hardin-Simmons University. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Marion Zimmer Bradley has received more than 1,511,426 page views. Her biography is available in 36 different languages on Wikipedia. Marion Zimmer Bradley is the 1,723rd most popular writer (down from 1,511th in 2019), the 2,154th most popular biography from United States (down from 1,947th in 2019) and the 186th most popular American Writer.

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Notable Works

The Heritage of Hastur (Darkover)
Star of danger
The Forbidden Tower (Darkover)
Black Trillium
The Colors of Space
The spell sword
The sole survivor when his plane crashes on Darkover, Andrew Carr, a young Terran trader, is determined to overcome the planet's harsh challenges.


Among writers, Marion Zimmer Bradley ranks 1,723 out of 7,302Before her are Mateo Alemán, David Morrell, Slavenka Drakulić, Marin Držić, Giovanni Battista Guarini, and Luigi Pulci. After her are Archestratus, E. E. Cummings, Hans F. K. Günther, Ken Wilber, Sabino Arana, and Alexander Grin.

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Among people born in 1930, Marion Zimmer Bradley ranks 125Before her are Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, Pierre Bergé, Vilma Espín, Omara Portuondo, Ornette Coleman, and John Young. After her are Miljan Miljanić, Ted Hughes, Oleg Popov, Georgiy Daneliya, Michel Rocard, and Franzl Lang. Among people deceased in 1999, Marion Zimmer Bradley ranks 65Before her are Brion James, Gyula Zsengellér, Igor Netto, Sebastian Haffner, Momčilo Đujić, and Dusty Springfield. After her are Yuri Knorozov, Gertrud Scholtz-Klink, Betty Robinson, Pierre Clémenti, DeForest Kelley, and Maurice Couve de Murville.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Marion Zimmer Bradley ranks 2,154 out of 20,380Before her are Allen Newell (1927), Lewis Mumford (1895), Beau Bridges (1941), Harold Garfinkel (1917), Cloris Leachman (1926), and Mike Pompeo (1963). After her are Laura Dern (1967), Alvin Kraenzlein (1876), George Wallace (1919), George B. McClellan (1826), William Sadler (1950), and E. E. Cummings (1894).

Among WRITERS In United States

Among writers born in United States, Marion Zimmer Bradley ranks 186Before her are Theodore Sturgeon (1918), Upton Sinclair (1878), Fredric Jameson (1934), R. L. Stine (1943), Bernard Malamud (1914), and Lewis Mumford (1895). After her are E. E. Cummings (1894), Ken Wilber (1949), William Carlos Williams (1883), Joan Didion (1934), Edmond Hamilton (1904), and Dorothy Parker (1893).