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Ross Macdonald

1915 - 1983

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Ross Macdonald was the main pseudonym used by the American-Canadian writer of crime fiction Kenneth Millar (; December 13, 1915 – July 11, 1983). He is best known for his series of hardboiled novels set in Southern California and featuring private detective Lew Archer. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Ross Macdonald has received more than 422,788 page views. His biography is available in 32 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 29 in 2019). Ross Macdonald is the 1,911th most popular writer (down from 1,844th in 2019), the 2,460th most popular biography from United States (down from 2,316th in 2019) and the 227th most popular American Writer.

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  • 3.15

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Among writers, Ross Macdonald ranks 1,911 out of 5,755Before him are Philippe Quinault, Kathy Reichs, Albert Cohen, Nora Ephron, Roger Peyrefitte, and Paul Gerhardt. After him are Fan Zhongyan, Shirley Jackson, Al-Hariri of Basra, Jonas Lie, Maria Konopnicka, and Sister Nivedita.

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Among people born in 1915, Ross Macdonald ranks 77Before him are Earl Wilbur Sutherland Jr., Thomas Merton, J. C. R. Licklider, Prince George William of Hanover, Hanns Martin Schleyer, and Shogo Kamo. After him are C. W. Ceram, Georgy Sviridov, Kiyosi Itô, Loris Francesco Capovilla, Edmond O'Brien, and Kunihiko Kodaira. Among people deceased in 1983, Ross Macdonald ranks 62Before him are Anthony Blunt, Karen Carpenter, László Budai, Benigno Aquino Jr., Piero Sraffa, and Vladimir Gelfand. After him are Walter Stennes, Dennis Wilson, Miguel Alemán Valdés, Donald Maclean, Tino Rossi, and Marianne Brandt.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Ross Macdonald ranks 2,460 out of 18,182Before him are Hetty Green (1834), Zac Efron (1987), Paul Milgrom (1948), Allan Kaprow (1927), Lynda Carter (1951), and King Oliver (1881). After him are Charles Grodin (1935), Shirley Jackson (1916), Eunice Kennedy Shriver (1921), Richard R. Schrock (1945), J. T. Walsh (1943), and Robert Downey Sr. (1936).

Among WRITERS In United States

Among writers born in United States, Ross Macdonald ranks 227Before him are Frederik Pohl (1919), Bob Woodward (1943), Alex Haley (1921), Clarissa Pinkola Estés (1945), Kathy Reichs (1948), and Nora Ephron (1941). After him are Shirley Jackson (1916), Elizabeth Cady Stanton (1815), Anne Sexton (1928), Kate Millett (1934), Tony Robbins (1960), and Alfred Bester (1913).