1865 - 1929

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Rainis was the pseudonym of Jānis Pliekšāns (September 11, 1865 – September 12, 1929), a Latvian poet, playwright, translator, and politician. Rainis' works include the classic plays Uguns un nakts (Fire and Night, 1905) and Indulis un Ārija (Indulis and Ārija, 1911), and a highly regarded translation of Goethe's Faust. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Rainis has received more than 61,492 page views. His biography is available in 30 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 29 in 2019). Rainis is the 1,727th most popular writer (down from 1,447th in 2019), the 29th most popular biography from Latvia (down from 21st in 2019) and the 3rd most popular Latvian Writer.

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Among writers, Rainis ranks 1,727 out of 5,794Before him are Ted Hughes, John Grinder, Otfried Preußler, Stéphanie Félicité, comtesse de Genlis, Shen Yue, and Dora d'Istria. After him are David Lodge, Djuna Barnes, Emilia Pardo Bazán, Edward Plunkett, 18th Baron of Dunsany, Charles Paul de Kock, and Jordan of Saxony.

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Among people born in 1865, Rainis ranks 54Before him are Edith Cavell, Abraham Isaac Kook, Hannah Chaplin, Friedrich Paschen, Sabino Arana, and Duchess Amalie in Bavaria. After him are Charles Bally, Jovan Cvijić, Wilbur Scoville, Rafael Merry del Val, J. Walter Christie, and Eduardo di Capua. Among people deceased in 1929, Rainis ranks 40Before him are Oldfield Thomas, Asa Griggs Candler, Gyula Andrássy the Younger, La Goulue, Manuel Gomes da Costa, and Enrico Ferri. After him are Maurice Sarrail, Stepa Stepanović, Mahidol Adulyadej, Adolf Meyer, Grand Duke Michael Mikhailovich of Russia, and Gotō Shinpei.

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In Latvia

Among people born in Latvia, Rainis ranks 29 out of 242Before him are Abraham Isaac Kook (1865), Egils Levits (1955), Pauline Therese of Württemberg (1800), Frederick William, Duke of Courland (1692), Philippe Halsman (1906), and Mischa Maisky (1948). After him are Jānis Čakste (1859), Wolfgang Lüth (1913), Wilhelm Kettler (1574), Duke Alexander of Württemberg (1804), Jānis K. Bērziņš (1889), and Oswald Külpe (1862).

Among WRITERS In Latvia

Among writers born in Latvia, Rainis ranks 3Before him are Aron Nimzowitsch (1886) and Jakob Michael Reinhold Lenz (1751). After him are Vizma Belševica (1931), Ferdynand Antoni Ossendowski (1876), Maria Skobtsova (1891), Yury Tynyanov (1894), Vilis Lācis (1904), Krišjānis Barons (1835), Aspazija (1865), Kristjan Jaak Peterson (1801), and Garlieb Merkel (1769).