Mary Sidney

1561 - 1621

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Mary Herbert, Countess of Pembroke (née Sidney; 27 October 1561 – 25 September 1621) was among the first Englishwomen to gain a significant reputation for her poetry and her literary patronage. By the age of 39, she was listed with her brother Philip Sidney and with Edmund Spenser and William Shakespeare among the notable authors of the day in John Bodenham's verse miscellany Belvidere. Her play Antonius is widely seen as reviving interest in soliloquy based on classical models and as a likely source of Samuel Daniel's closet drama Cleopatra (1594) and of Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra (1607). Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Mary Sidney has received more than 207,530 page views. Her biography is available in 18 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 15 in 2019). Mary Sidney is the 4,823rd most popular writer (down from 3,980th in 2019), the 3,929th most popular biography from United Kingdom and the 459th most popular British Writer.

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Among writers, Mary Sidney ranks 4,823 out of 5,794Before her are Colm Tóibín, Guzal Sitdikova, J. Michael Straczynski, Carme Riera, José Carlos Somoza, and Jacques-Pierre Amette. After her are J. Bernlef, Glenn Greenwald, Viivi Luik, Alan Ayckbourn, Fatos Kongoli, and Yurii Andrukhovych.

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Among people born in 1561, Mary Sidney ranks 11Before her are Santorio Santorio, Henry Briggs, Ii Naomasa, Anna Maria of the Palatinate, Adriaan van Roomen, and Thomas Fincke.  Among people deceased in 1621, Mary Sidney ranks 24Before her are Ottavio Rinuccini, John Berchmans, Anna Juliana Gonzaga, Hendrick de Keyser, Pietro Aldobrandini, and Dirk Hartog.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, Mary Sidney ranks 3,929 out of 6,924Before her are Kelly Reilly (1977), Simon Baron-Cohen (1958), Andy Auld (1900), Alister Hardy (1896), Stephen Morris (1957), and Myra Hess (1890). After her are Benjamin Henry Latrobe (1764), Simon Donaldson (1957), George Graham (1944), Anthony Joshua (1989), Samuel Palmer (1805), and Alan Ayckbourn (1939).

Among WRITERS In United Kingdom

Among writers born in United Kingdom, Mary Sidney ranks 459Before her are George Crabbe (1754), James Hogg (1770), Helen Fielding (1958), John Marston (1576), Nigella Lawson (1960), and John Gardner (1926). After her are Alan Ayckbourn (1939), Jacqueline Wilson (1945), Edward Rutherfurd (1948), Stephen Leacock (1869), Ian McDonald (1960), and Walter de la Mare (1873).