Peter Weiss

1916 - 1982

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Peter Ulrich Weiss (8 November 1916 – 10 May 1982) was a German writer, painter, graphic artist, and experimental filmmaker of adopted Swedish nationality. He is particularly known for his plays Marat/Sade and The Investigation and his novel The Aesthetics of Resistance. Peter Weiss earned his reputation in the post-war German literary world as the proponent of an avant-garde, meticulously descriptive writing, as an exponent of autobiographical prose, and also as a politically engaged dramatist. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Peter Weiss has received more than 154,397 page views. His biography is available in 40 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 37 in 2019). Peter Weiss is the 816th most popular writer (down from 796th in 2019), the 730th most popular biography from Germany (down from 705th in 2019) and the 50th most popular German Writer.

Peter Weiss was a German-born playwright and painter who was most famous for his play, "The Persecution and Assassination of Jean-Paul Marat as Performed by the Inmates of the Asylum of Charenton Under the Direction of the Marquis de Sade."

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Among writers, Peter Weiss ranks 816 out of 5,794Before him are Frank Wedekind, John Fowles, Pope Dionysius of Alexandria, Madame de La Fayette, Anne Rice, and Milorad Pavić. After him are Arrigo Boito, Ann Radcliffe, Jacinto Benavente, Chevalier d'Éon, Nonnus, and Carlos Ruiz Zafón.

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Among people born in 1916, Peter Weiss ranks 29Before him are Camilo José Cela, C. Wright Mills, Alexander Prokhorov, Peter Finch, P. W. Botha, and Paul Keres. After him are Vitaly Ginzburg, Virginia Satir, Marcel Cerdan, Bernard Lewis, Sune Bergström, and Christian B. Anfinsen. Among people deceased in 1982, Peter Weiss ranks 39Before him are Mikhail Suslov, Curd Jürgens, Cevdet Sunay, Lee Strasberg, Ivan Bagramyan, and Walther Wenck. After him are William Giauque, Walter Hallstein, Anna German, Varlam Shalamov, Władysław Gomułka, and Thelonious Monk.

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In Germany

Among people born in Germany, Peter Weiss ranks 730 out of 5,289Before him are Frank Wedekind (1864), Otto III, Duke of Bavaria (1261), George V of Hanover (1819), Frederick Christian, Elector of Saxony (1722), Polykarp Kusch (1911), and Manfred Gerlach (1928). After him are Ernst Heinrich Weber (1795), Paul Blobel (1894), Carl-Heinrich von Stülpnagel (1886), Jürgen Klinsmann (1964), Countess Augusta Reuss of Ebersdorf (1757), and Gisela of Hungary (980).

Among WRITERS In Germany

Among writers born in Germany, Peter Weiss ranks 50Before him are Achim von Arnim (1781), Friedrich Gottlieb Klopstock (1724), Clemens Brentano (1778), Hans Sachs (1494), Stefan George (1868), and Frank Wedekind (1864). After him are Theodor Fontane (1819), Else Lasker-Schüler (1869), Anna Seghers (1900), Tannhäuser (1205), Bettina von Arnim (1785), and Hans Jakob Christoffel von Grimmelshausen (1622).