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, and philosophy by focusing on diverse subjects such as games, 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 151,276 page views. His biography is available in 22 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 21 in 2019). Roger Caillois is the 1,060th most popular writer (down from 1,056th in 2019), the 1,198th most popular biography from France (down from 1,187th in 2019) and the 160th 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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Among writers, Roger Caillois ranks 1,060 out of 5,794Before him are Fredric Brown, Timaeus of Locri, Alfred Thayer Mahan, Lawrence Durrell, Joost van den Vondel, and James Hadley Chase. After him are Max Nordau, Cai Yan, Nikolai Leskov, Dalton Trumbo, Jan Potocki, and Joan Fuster.

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Among people born in 1913, Roger Caillois ranks 55Before him are Mary Ainsworth, Gert Fröbe, Paul Grice, Witold Lutosławski, Jacobo Árbenz, and Mark Felt. After him are Jan Kubiš, Sergey Mikhalkov, Stanford Moore, Bill Shankly, Méret Oppenheim, and Richard Stone. Among people deceased in 1978, Roger Caillois ranks 36Before him are Vincent du Vigneaud, József Bozsik, Nazli Sabri, Keith Moon, Harvey Milk, and Claude François. After him are Étienne Gilson, Herta Oberheuser, Charles Boyer, Tamara Karsavina, Charles Eames, and Georgi Markov.

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In France

Among people born in France, Roger Caillois ranks 1,198 out of 5,234Before him are Robert I, Count of Artois (1216), Victorinus (300), André Frédéric Cournand (1895), Tancred of Hauteville (980), Clément Ader (1841), and Medardus (470). After him are Arthur III, Duke of Brittany (1393), Marie Duplessis (1824), Didier Deschamps (1968), Pepin the Hunchback (770), Marcel Dupré (1886), and François Clouet (1510).

Among WRITERS In France

Among writers born in France, Roger Caillois ranks 160Before him are Marcel Pagnol (1895), Julien Green (1900), Madeleine de Scudéry (1607), Auguste Villiers de l'Isle-Adam (1838), Joachim du Bellay (1522), and Clément Marot (1495). After him are Bertran de Born (1140), Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont (1711), Raymond Radiguet (1903), B. H. Liddell Hart (1895), Jean Giono (1895), and Léon Bloy (1846).