Patrick White

1912 - 1990

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Patrick Victor Martindale White (28 May 1912 – 30 September 1990) was a British-born Australian writer who published 12 novels, three short-story collections, and eight plays, from 1935 to 1987. White's fiction employs humour, florid prose, shifting narrative vantage points and stream of consciousness techniques. In 1973 he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature, "for an epic and psychological narrative art which has introduced a new continent into literature", as it says in the Swedish Academy's citation, the only Australian to have been awarded the prize. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Patrick White has received more than 695,887 page views. His biography is available in 81 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 75 in 2019). Patrick White is the 953rd most popular writer (up from 1,083rd in 2019), the 730th most popular biography from United Kingdom (up from 867th in 2019) and the 86th most popular British Writer.

Patrick White was an Australian novelist and playwright. He is most famous for his novel "The Tree of Man," which won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1973.

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  • 81

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Notable Works

The tree of man
Stan Parker, the blacksmith's son, cannot accept the God of gentleness presented to him by his mother when he sees the meaningless suffering around him
The vivisector
The aunt's story
The solid mandala

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Over the past year Patrick White has had the most page views in the with 79,854 views, followed by Spanish (5,836), and German (4,841). In terms of yearly growth of page views the top 3 wikpedia editions are Kazakh (193.97%), Cantonese (186.32%), and Hakka (120.05%)


Among writers, Patrick White ranks 953 out of 7,302Before him are L. Frank Baum, Alexandra David-Néel, Vātsyāyana, Virginia Satir, Andrew of Crete, and Johannes Tauler. After him are Sin Saimdang, Alfred Kubin, George Steiner, Panait Istrati, Al-Mutanabbi, and Ivan Gundulić.

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Among people born in 1912, Patrick White ranks 50Before him are Otto Ernst Remer, George Emil Palade, Julius Axelrod, Otto Kretschmer, Ghazi of Iraq, and Minoru Yamasaki. After him are Lev Gumilyov, Sonja Henie, Gordon Parks, Cornel Wilde, Don Siegel, and John Payne. Among people deceased in 1990, Patrick White ranks 34Before him are Boris Shcherbina, Oldřich Nejedlý, Barbara Stanwyck, Bruno Kreisky, Sergio Corbucci, and Luigi Nono. After him are Meir Kahane, Robert Noyce, Prince Naruhiko Higashikuni, Viktor Tsoi, Rex Harrison, and Princess Sophie of Hohenberg.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, Patrick White ranks 730 out of 8,785Before him are Robert Grosseteste (1175), Catherine of Lancaster (1373), Mary Quant (1930), David Hockney (1937), Daniel Rutherford (1749), and Deborah Kerr (1921). After him are John of Salisbury (1110), Jude Law (1972), Alexander R. Todd (1907), James Mill (1773), Ronald Fisher (1890), and Charles Cornwallis, 1st Marquess Cornwallis (1738).

Among WRITERS In United Kingdom

Among writers born in United Kingdom, Patrick White ranks 86Before him are Aubrey Beardsley (1872), Philip Pullman (1946), Ben Jonson (1572), Bruce Chatwin (1940), James May (1963), and Ann Radcliffe (1764). After him are Percy Fawcett (1867), H. Rider Haggard (1856), James Hadley Chase (1906), John Fowles (1926), Samuel Richardson (1689), and Henry Fielding (1707).