Roger Caillois

1913 - 1978

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Roger Caillois (French: [ʁɔʒe kajwa]; 3 March 1913 – 21 December 1978) was a French intellectual whose idiosyncratic work brought together literary criticism, sociology, ludology and philosophy by focusing on diverse subjects such as games and play as well as the sacred. He was also instrumental in introducing Latin American authors such as Jorge Luis Borges, Pablo Neruda and Miguel Ángel Asturias to the French public. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Roger Caillois has received more than 196,610 page views. His biography is available in 22 different languages on Wikipedia. Roger Caillois is the 1,204th most popular writer (down from 1,191st in 2019), the 1,368th most popular biography from France (up from 1,376th in 2019) and the 175th most popular French Writer.

Roger Caillois is most famous for his contributions to the study of games and play. He was a French philosopher and psychoanalyst who wrote about the importance of play in human life.

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Notable Works

Jeux et les hommes
Homme et le sacré
Les impostures de la poésie
Poétique de St.-John Perse
Le mythe et l'homme
L' homme et le sacré


Among writers, Roger Caillois ranks 1,204 out of 7,302Before him are Pierre de Marivaux, Aristophanes of Byzantium, Dan Simmons, Alexander Kielland, Reinaldo Arenas, and Ibn Khallikan. After him are Aleksey Konstantinovich Tolstoy, Odoric of Pordenone, Ida Tarbell, Theodor Storm, Léo Taxil, and Daniil Kharms.

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Among people born in 1913, Roger Caillois ranks 57Before him are Gert Fröbe, Tito Gobbi, Mehmet Shehu, Xi Zhongxun, Jan Kubiš, and Peter Cushing. After him are Boris Pahor, Richard Stone, Gerda Christian, Stewart Granger, Luz Long, and Edward Gierek. Among people deceased in 1978, Roger Caillois ranks 41Before him are Jomo Kenyatta, Étienne Gilson, Norman Rockwell, Musa al-Sadr, Charles Boyer, and Giovanni Gronchi. After him are W. Eugene Smith, Guo Moruo, Hannah Höch, Ida Noddack, Keith Moon, and Harvey Milk.

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In France

Among people born in France, Roger Caillois ranks 1,368 out of 6,770Before him are Claude Lanzmann (1925), Pierre Cauchon (1371), Walter Sans Avoir (1050), Marie Anne de Bourbon (1666), Livilla (-13), and Jean-Charles Pichegru (1761). After him are Pierre Mauroy (1928), Victor Cousin (1792), Paul-Émile Lecoq de Boisbaudran (1838), Jacqueline Boyer (1941), Léo Taxil (1854), and Michel Adanson (1727).

Among WRITERS In France

Among writers born in France, Roger Caillois ranks 175Before him are Antoine François Prévost (1697), Chevalier d'Éon (1728), Vivant Denon (1747), Comtessa de Dia (1175), Joachim du Bellay (1522), and Pierre de Marivaux (1688). After him are Léo Taxil (1854), Raymond Radiguet (1903), Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont (1711), Roland Topor (1938), Edmond François Valentin About (1828), and Jean-Marie Roland de la Platière (1734).