1622 - 1673


Jean-Baptiste Poquelin (baptised 15 January 1622; died 17 February 1673), known by his stage name Molière (UK: , US: , French: [mɔljɛʁ]), was a French playwright, actor and poet, widely regarded as one of the greatest writers in the French language and universal literature. His extant works include comedies, farces, tragicomedies, comédie-ballets and more. His plays have been translated into every major living language and are performed at the Comédie-Française more often than those of any other playwright today. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Molière has received more than 1,665,385 page views. His biography is available in 144 different languages on Wikipedia making him the 13th most popular writer.

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Among writers, Molière ranks 12 out of 4,883Before him are Hans Christian Andersen, J. R. R. Tolkien, Voltaire, Victor Hugo, Franz Kafka, and Leo Tolstoy. After him are Edgar Allan Poe, Virgil, Jules Verne, Jean-Paul Sartre, Anton Chekhov, and Honoré de Balzac.

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Among people born in 1622, Molière ranks 1After him are Charles X Gustav of Sweden, Vincenzo Viviani, Hans Jakob Christoffel von Grimmelshausen, Magnus Gabriel De la Gardie, Carel Fabritius, Vittoria della Rovere, Bernhardus Varenius, Nicolaes Pieterszoon Berchem, Karel Dujardin, Francisco Herrera the Younger, and Christian Augustus, Count Palatine of Sulzbach. Among people deceased in 1673, Molière ranks 1After him are Charles de Batz de Castelmore d'Artagnan, Margaret Theresa of Spain, Salvator Rosa, Michał Korybut Wiśniowiecki, Regnier de Graaf, Semyon Dezhnev, Joan Blaeu, and Margaret Cavendish, Duchess of Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

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In France

Among people born in France, Molière ranks 8 out of 4,109Before him are Louis XIV of France (1638), Joan of Arc (1412), René Descartes (1596), Voltaire (1694), Victor Hugo (1802), and Blaise Pascal (1623). After him are Louis Pasteur (1822), Claude Monet (1840), Jules Verne (1828), Nostradamus (1503), Jean-Paul Sartre (1905), and Montesquieu (1689).

Among WRITERS In France

Among writers born in France, Molière ranks 3Before him are Voltaire (1694) and Victor Hugo (1802). After him are Jules Verne (1828), Jean-Paul Sartre (1905), Honoré de Balzac (1799), Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (1900), Alexandre Dumas (1802), Stendhal (1783), Marcel Proust (1871), Émile Zola (1840), and Simone de Beauvoir (1908).

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