Michael Ondaatje

1943 - Today

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Philip Michael Ondaatje (; born 12 September 1943), is a Sri Lankan-born Canadian poet, fiction writer, essayist, novelist, editor, and filmmaker. He is the recipient of multiple literary awards such as the Governor General's Award, the Giller Prize, the Booker Prize, and the Prix Médicis étranger. Ondaatje is also an Officer of the Order of Canada, recognizing him as one of Canada's most renowned living authors.Ondaatje's literary career began with his poetry in 1967, publishing The Dainty Monsters, and then in 1970 the critically acclaimed The Collected Works of Billy the Kid. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Michael Ondaatje has received more than 946,171 page views. His biography is available in 36 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 33 in 2019). Michael Ondaatje is the 2,344th most popular writer (up from 2,444th in 2019), the 12th most popular biography from Sri Lanka (up from 13th in 2019) and the 3rd most popular Sri Lankan Writer.

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Among writers, Michael Ondaatje ranks 2,344 out of 5,794Before him are Nennius, George Mosse, Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay, E. L. Doctorow, Valentin Kataev, and Rosario Castellanos. After him are Andrei Sinyavsky, Michele Ruggieri, S. Ansky, Józef Ignacy Kraszewski, Thomas Gray, and Paul Adam.

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Among people born in 1943, Michael Ondaatje ranks 182Before him are Ove Kindvall, Nicholas Negroponte, André Téchiné, Bill Duke, Nils-Aslak Valkeapää, and Lynn Redgrave. After him are Alain Corneau, Alfio Basile, Kirin Kiki, Valery Nepomnyashchy, Rafael Leonardo Callejas Romero, and Wilson da Silva Piazza.

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In Sri Lanka

Among people born in Sri Lanka, Michael Ondaatje ranks 12 out of 39Before him are Jack Churchill (1906), St John Philby (1885), William Chester Minor (1834), Tony Hoare (1934), Anagarika Dharmapala (1864), and Mahinda Rajapaksa (1945). After him are Chandrika Kumaratunga (1945), S. W. R. D. Bandaranaike (1899), J. R. Jayewardene (1906), D. S. Senanayake (1883), John Fisher, 1st Baron Fisher (1841), and Gotabaya Rajapaksa (1949).

Among WRITERS In Sri Lanka

Among writers born in Sri Lanka, Michael Ondaatje ranks 3Before him are Aryadeva (200) and Anagarika Dharmapala (1864).