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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 78,258 page views. His biography is available in 30 different languages on Wikipedia. Rainis is the 1,648th most popular writer (up from 1,726th in 2019), the 33rd most popular biography from Latvia (down from 29th in 2019) and the 3rd most popular Latvian Writer.

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Among writers, Rainis ranks 1,648 out of 5,755Before him are Mendele Mocher Sforim, Martin of Opava, Per Wahlöö, Joseph von Hammer-Purgstall, Ruth Rendell, and Lothar-Günther Buchheim. After him are Robert Brasillach, Robert de Boron, Philippe de Commines, Petar Zrinski, Eric Carle, and Adolph Freiherr Knigge.

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Among people born in 1865, Rainis ranks 52Before him are Wilbur Scoville, Shigechiyo Izumi, Nikola Zhekov, Patriarch Tikhon of Moscow, Albrecht, Duke of Württemberg, and Sabino Arana. After him are Charles Bally, Duchess Amalie in Bavaria, Abraham Isaac Kook, Anandi Gopal Joshi, Jovan Cvijić, and Bronisława Dłuska. Among people deceased in 1929, Rainis ranks 38Before him are Liang Qichao, Carl Auer von Welsbach, Tanaka Giichi, Asa Griggs Candler, La Goulue, and Manuel Gomes da Costa. After him are Enrico Ferri, Stepa Stepanović, Maurice Sarrail, Grand Duke Michael Mikhailovich of Russia, Princess Olga Paley, and Princess Viktoria of Prussia.

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In Latvia

Among people born in Latvia, Rainis ranks 33 out of 284Before him are Pēteris Vasks (1946), Frederick William, Duke of Courland (1692), Philippe Halsman (1906), Frederick Casimir Kettler (1650), Jānis Lūsis (1939), and Jānis Čakste (1859). After him are Raimonds Pauls (1936), Wilhelm Kettler (1574), Abraham Isaac Kook (1865), Jukums Vācietis (1873), Friedrich Kettler (1569), and Solomon Mikhoels (1890).

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 Vilis Lācis (1904), Ferdynand Antoni Ossendowski (1876), Maria Skobtsova (1891), Barbara von Krüdener (1764), Aspazija (1865), Yury Tynyanov (1894), Vizma Belševica (1931), Kristjan Jaak Peterson (1801), and Krišjānis Barons (1835).