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 403,083 page views. His biography is available in 29 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 27 in 2019). Ross Macdonald is the 1,845th most popular writer (up from 1,908th in 2019), the 2,317th most popular biography from United States (down from 2,257th in 2019) and the 214th most popular American Writer.

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Among writers, Ross Macdonald ranks 1,845 out of 5,794Before him are Alex Haley, Arthur Machen, Tadeusz Borowski, Moschus, François Coppée, and Conrad Ferdinand Meyer. After him are Eva Schloss, Stephen Crane, François Pierre La Varenne, Ogier Ghiselin de Busbecq, Tavo Burat, and Avraham Stern.

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Among people born in 1915, Ross Macdonald ranks 76Before him are Jacques Chaban-Delmas, Kon Ichikawa, Hanns Martin Schleyer, J. C. R. Licklider, Liisi Oterma, and Tadeusz Kantor. After him are Geraldine of Albania, John Profumo, Prince George William of Hanover, Kiyosi Itô, Arsenio Erico, and Jo Van Fleet. Among people deceased in 1983, Ross Macdonald ranks 60Before him are Norma Shearer, László Budai, Salo Flohr, Karen Carpenter, Tino Rossi, and Carolyn Jones. After him are Marianne Brandt, Miguel Alemán Valdés, Vladimir Gelfand, Ralph Richardson, Ivan Vinogradov, and Ira Gershwin.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Ross Macdonald ranks 2,317 out of 15,968Before him are Florence Griffith Joyner (1959), Alex Haley (1921), Gloria Steinem (1934), Paul Bowles (1910), Grace Slick (1939), and Danny Elfman (1953). After him are Peter Diamond (1940), Richard R. Schrock (1945), Chris Brown (1989), Pinetop Perkins (1913), Robert Sternberg (1949), and Thomas Midgley Jr. (1889).

Among WRITERS In United States

Among writers born in United States, Ross Macdonald ranks 214Before him are Langston Hughes (1902), Raymond E. Feist (1945), Agnes Smedley (1892), Harold Bloom (1930), Bernard Malamud (1914), and Alex Haley (1921). After him are Stephen Crane (1871), Dorothy Parker (1893), Morgan Robertson (1861), John Kennedy Toole (1937), Howard Fast (1914), and Voltairine de Cleyre (1866).