Robert Browning

1812 - 1889

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Robert Browning (7 May 1812 – 12 December 1889) was an English poet and playwright whose dramatic monologues put him high among the Victorian poets. He was noted for irony, characterization, dark humour, social commentary, historical settings and challenging vocabulary and syntax. His career began well – the long poems Pauline (1833) and Paracelsus (1835) were acclaimed – but his reputation fell back for a time – his 1840 poem Sordello was seen as wilfully obscure – and took over a decade to recover, by which time he had moved from Shelleyan forms to a more personal style. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Robert Browning has received more than 1,996,651 page views. His biography is available in 49 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 48 in 2019). Robert Browning is the 1,162nd most popular writer (up from 1,190th in 2019), the 906th most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 889th in 2019) and the 112th most popular British Writer.

Robert Browning is most famous for his poem "Pippa Passes" and his collection of poems "Men and Women."

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  • 49

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Among writers, Robert Browning ranks 1,162 out of 5,794Before him are Jan Guillou, Chinua Achebe, Friedrich Maximilian Klinger, Ugo Foscolo, Alcman, and Aksel Sandemose. After him are Matteo Bandello, Joseph Bédier, Jan Neruda, Ruth Rendell, Władysław Tarnowski, and Alfred Kubin.

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Among people born in 1812, Robert Browning ranks 13Before him are Louise of Orléans, Truganini, Moses Hess, Ascanio Sobrero, Peter Christen Asbjørnsen, and Mirza Fatali Akhundov. After him are Maria Cristina of Savoy, Sigismond Thalberg, Natalia Pushkina, Friedrich von Flotow, Amélie of Leuchtenberg, and Edward Lear. Among people deceased in 1889, Robert Browning ranks 16Before him are Nikolay Chernyshevsky, Luís I of Portugal, Wilkie Collins, Charles III, Prince of Monaco, Marie of Prussia, and Auguste Villiers de l'Isle-Adam. After him are Giovanni Bottesini, Jules Barbey d'Aurevilly, John Ericsson, Teresa Cristina of the Two Sicilies, Numa Denis Fustel de Coulanges, and Mikhail Saltykov-Shchedrin.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, Robert Browning ranks 906 out of 6,924Before him are Kiefer Sutherland (1966), Brian Cox (1946), Ginger Baker (1939), Lady Mary Victoria Douglas-Hamilton (1850), Charles Wheatstone (1802), and Owen Tudor (1400). After him are Charles Spearman (1863), Ewan McGregor (1971), Steve Harris (1956), Ruth Rendell (1930), Tom Wilkinson (1948), and Natasha Richardson (1963).

Among WRITERS In United Kingdom

Among writers born in United Kingdom, Robert Browning ranks 112Before him are Lobsang Rampa (1910), Dylan Thomas (1914), John Dryden (1631), Thomas De Quincey (1785), P. G. Wodehouse (1881), and Allan Pinkerton (1819). After him are Ruth Rendell (1930), Samuel Butler (1612), Hugh Lofting (1886), John Berger (1926), James Anderson (1680), and Winifred Wagner (1897).