Pierre Beaumarchais

1732 - 1799

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Pierre-Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais (French: [pjɛʁ bomaʁʃɛ]; 24 January 1732 – 18 May 1799) was a French polymath. At various times in his life, he was a watchmaker, inventor, playwright, musician, diplomat, spy, publisher, horticulturist, arms dealer, satirist, financier and revolutionary (both French and American). Born a Parisian watchmaker's son, Beaumarchais rose in French society and became influential in the court of Louis XV as an inventor and music teacher. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Pierre Beaumarchais has received more than 606,694 page views. His biography is available in 56 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 54 in 2019). Pierre Beaumarchais is the 304th most popular writer (up from 332nd in 2019), the 336th most popular biography from France (up from 379th in 2019) and the 53rd most popular French Writer.

Pierre Beaumarchais is most famous for the play "The Marriage of Figaro" and the opera "The Barber of Seville."

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Notable Works

Le mariage de Figaro
Dictionnaire des Litteratures de la Langue Francaise
Le barbier de Séville
Dictionnaire des littératures de langue française


Among writers, Pierre Beaumarchais ranks 304 out of 7,302Before him are Heinrich von Kleist, Claude Simon, Lucan, Elfriede Jelinek, Ryūnosuke Akutagawa, and Carlos Castaneda. After him are Chrétien de Troyes, Gabriele D'Annunzio, Appian, Antonin Artaud, Françoise Sagan, and Ernst Jünger.

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Among people born in 1732, Pierre Beaumarchais ranks 5Before him are Joseph Haydn, George Washington, Jean-Honoré Fragonard, and Stanisław August Poniatowski. After him are Jacques Necker, Johann Christoph Friedrich Bach, Jérôme Lalande, Adélaïde of France, Johann Christoph Adelung, Richard Arkwright, and Abbas III. Among people deceased in 1799, Pierre Beaumarchais ranks 5Before him are George Washington, Qianlong Emperor, Pope Pius VI, and Maria Gaetana Agnesi. After him are Tipu Sultan, Joseph Black, Lazzaro Spallanzani, Georg Christoph Lichtenberg, Horace Bénédict de Saussure, Victoire of France, and Heshen.

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In France

Among people born in France, Pierre Beaumarchais ranks 336 out of 6,770Before him are Colette (1873), Luc Montagnier (1932), Louis VI of France (1081), François Couperin (1668), Sophie Germain (1776), and Nadar (1820). After him are Chrétien de Troyes (1135), Françoise-Athénaïs de Rochechouart, Marquise de Montespan (1640), Robert I, Duke of Normandy (1010), Charles Messier (1730), Louis de Broglie (1892), and Claude Bernard (1813).

Among WRITERS In France

Among writers born in France, Pierre Beaumarchais ranks 53Before him are François Mauriac (1885), Honoré Gabriel Riqueti, comte de Mirabeau (1749), François de La Rochefoucauld (1613), Alphonse Daudet (1840), Paul Valéry (1871), and Colette (1873). After him are Chrétien de Troyes (1135), Antonin Artaud (1896), Françoise Sagan (1935), Roger Martin du Gard (1881), Guillaume de Machaut (1300), and Henri Charrière (1906).