Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.

1809 - 1894

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Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr. (; August 29, 1809 – October 7, 1894) was an American physician, poet, and polymath based in Boston. Grouped among the fireside poets, he was acclaimed by his peers as one of the best writers of the day. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr. has received more than 786,361 page views. His biography is available in 35 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 34 in 2019). Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr. is the 2,532nd most popular writer (down from 2,403rd in 2019), the 3,203rd most popular biography from United States (down from 3,103rd in 2019) and the 276th most popular American Writer.

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    Historical Popularity Index (HPI)

  • 35

    Languages Editions (L)

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    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 4.32

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

Notable Works

Elsie Venner
Birthmarks, Classic Literature, Fiction
The poet at the breakfast-table
Medicine in literature, Poetry
In this, the third series of Breakfast-Table conversations, a slight dramatic background shows off a few talkers and writers, aided by certain silent supernumeraries. The machinery is much like that of the two preceding series. Some of the characters must seem like old acquaintances to those who have read the former papers. As I read these over for the first time for a number of years, I notice one character; presenting a class of beings who have greatly multiplied during the interval which separates the earlier and later Breakfast-Table papers,--I mean the scientific specialists. The entomologist, who confines himself rigidly to the study of the coleoptera, is intended to typify this class. The subdivision of labor, which, as we used to be told, required fourteen different workmen to make a single pin, has reached all branches of knowledge. We find new terms in all the Professions, implying that special provinces have been marked off, each having its own school of students. In theology we have many curious subdivisions; among the rest eschatology, that is to say, the geography, geology, etc., of the "undiscovered country;" in medicine, if the surgeon who deals with dislocations of the right shoulder declines to meddle with a displacement on the other side, we are not surprised, but ring the bell of the practitioner who devotes himself to injuries of the left shoulder.
The autocrat of the breakfast-table
Classic Literature, Fiction, Ensaio Norte Americano
Accessible book, American poetry, Poetry
The professor at the breakfast-table
Accessible book
Medical essays, 1842-1882
Medicine, Accessible book, Homeopathy


Among writers, Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr. ranks 2,532 out of 7,302Before him are John Mandeville, Jung Chang, Heinz G. Konsalik, Christian Fürchtegott Gellert, André Pieyre de Mandiargues, and Badi' al-Zaman al-Hamadani. After him are Ottavio Rinuccini, Nima Yooshij, Mkhitar Sebastatsi, Na Hye-sok, Aristeas, and Seichō Matsumoto.

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Among people born in 1809, Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr. ranks 36Before him are Edward FitzGerald, Hannibal Hamlin, Joseph Jenkins Roberts, Jules Favre, Prince Charles of Hesse and by Rhine, and Heinrich Hoffmann. After him are Karl Koch, Jean-Hippolyte Flandrin, Bénédict Morel, Nikolay Muravyov-Amursky, Kit Carson, and Constantin von Alvensleben. Among people deceased in 1894, Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr. ranks 33Before him are Jean Charles Galissard de Marignac, Grand Duchess Catherine Mikhailovna of Russia, Alexander von Middendorff, Christina Rossetti, Marietta Alboni, and Heinrich Hoffmann. After him are Gall, William Waddington, Theophan the Recluse, Amelia Bloomer, Auguste Vaillant, and Władysław Czartoryski.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr. ranks 3,203 out of 20,380Before him are Anne Ramsey (1929), Bill Nunn (1953), Margaret Fuller (1810), John Wesley Hyatt (1837), John Edward Williams (1922), and Zach Galifianakis (1969). After him are David Petraeus (1952), Andrew Fire (1959), Laurie Metcalf (1955), Johnny Carson (1925), Katherine Jackson (1930), and Samuel Wilson (1766).

Among WRITERS In United States

Among writers born in United States, Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr. ranks 276Before him are Michael Bishop (1945), Alice B. Toklas (1877), Ron Kovic (1946), Donald E. Westlake (1933), Margaret Fuller (1810), and John Edward Williams (1922). After him are Katherine Jackson (1930), Alexandra Ripley (1934), Lois McMaster Bujold (1949), Andrea Dworkin (1946), John Barth (1930), and L. Sprague de Camp (1907).