Robert Burton

1577 - 1640

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Robert Burton (8 February 1577 – 25 January 1640) was an English writer and fellow of Oxford University, best known for his encyclopedic book The Anatomy of Melancholy. Born in 1577 to a comfortably well-off family of the landed gentry, Burton attended two grammar schools and matriculated into Brasenose College, Oxford in 1593, age 15. Burton's education at Oxford was unusually lengthy, possibly drawn out by an affliction of melancholy, and including an early transfer to Christ Church. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Robert Burton has received more than 69,394 page views. His biography is available in 23 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 19 in 2019). Robert Burton is the 2,717th most popular writer (up from 3,130th in 2019), the 2,064th most popular biography from United Kingdom (up from 2,332nd in 2019) and the 233rd most popular Writer.

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Among writers, Robert Burton ranks 2,717 out of 5,755Before him are James Tiptree Jr., Petar Preradović, Sergio Badilla Castillo, Albert of Aix, Anyte of Tegea, and Pascal Bruckner. After him are Alfred Andersch, Dominique Lapierre, Malwida von Meysenbug, Viktor Astafyev, Vyacheslav Ivanov, and Jorge Bucay.

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Among people born in 1577, Robert Burton ranks 15Before him are Scipione Borghese, Piet Pieterszoon Hein, Fidelis of Sigmaringen, Louis V, Landgrave of Hesse-Darmstadt, Jacob Cats, and Gerardus Vossius. After him are Nicolas Trigault and Roberto de Nobili. Among people deceased in 1640, Robert Burton ranks 13Before him are Jindřich Matyáš Thurn, Giuseppe Cesari, Charles, Duke of Guise, Wilhelm Kettler, Vittoria Aleotti, and Maciej Kazimierz Sarbiewski. After him are John Francis Regis, Paul Fleming, Alessandro Salvio, Peter Fourier, Henry Casimir I of Nassau-Dietz, and Philip Massinger.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, Robert Burton ranks 2,064 out of 7,765Before him are Harry Redknapp (1947), Arnold Bennett (1867), Lady Katherine Grey (1540), Andrew Bertie (1929), Ronnie Biggs (1929), and Allan Octavian Hume (1829). After him are Robert Donat (1905), Max Beerbohm (1872), Julian Lennon (1963), Chris Squire (1948), Barbara Hepworth (1903), and Angela Carter (1940).

Among WRITERS In United Kingdom

Among writers born in United Kingdom, Robert Burton ranks 233Before him are Leonard Woolf (1880), Herbert Read (1893), Joseph Delaney (1945), Ken Robinson (1950), David C. H. Austin (1926), and Arnold Bennett (1867). After him are Max Beerbohm (1872), Angela Carter (1940), Samuel Smiles (1812), Anna Sewell (1820), John Wyndham (1903), and David Gemmell (1948).