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Samuel Richardson

1689 - 1761

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Samuel Richardson (baptised 19 August 1689 – 4 July 1761) was an English writer and printer known for three epistolary novels: Pamela; or, Virtue Rewarded (1740), Clarissa: Or the History of a Young Lady (1748) and The History of Sir Charles Grandison (1753). He printed almost 500 works, including journals and magazines, working periodically with the London bookseller Andrew Millar. Richardson had been apprenticed to a printer, whose daughter he eventually married. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Samuel Richardson has received more than 699,413 page views. His biography is available in 42 different languages on Wikipedia. Samuel Richardson is the 907th most popular writer (down from 777th in 2019), the 736th most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 609th in 2019) and the 90th most popular British Writer.

Samuel Richardson is most famous for his novel Pamela, or Virtue Rewarded, which was published in 1740. The novel is about a fifteen-year-old girl who is kidnapped and held captive by a wealthy man who wants to have sex with her. She resists him for two years, but eventually falls in love with him and they marry.

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Among writers, Samuel Richardson ranks 907 out of 5,755Before him are B. Traven, Jean de La Bruyère, Stefan George, Charles Maurras, John Grisham, and Daniel Goleman. After him are Noah Gordon, Aziz Nesin, Gregory Skovoroda, Robert van Gulik, Madame de La Fayette, and Marie d'Agoult.

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Among people born in 1689, Samuel Richardson ranks 3Before him are Montesquieu and John V of Portugal. After him are Jacques I, Prince of Monaco, Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, Samuel Bellamy, Joseph Bodin de Boismortier, Prince William, Duke of Gloucester, Archduchess Maria Magdalena of Austria, Blas de Lezo, Alexis Piron, and Kilian Ignaz Dientzenhofer. Among people deceased in 1761, Samuel Richardson ranks 4Before him are Pieter van Musschenbroek, Archduke Charles Joseph of Austria, and Thomas Bayes. After him are Stephen Hales, Charlotte Aglaé d'Orléans, Tarabai, Thomas Simpson, Clemens August of Bavaria, Tokugawa Ieshige, Pierre Fauchard, and John Dollond.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, Samuel Richardson ranks 736 out of 7,765Before him are Godfrey Hounsfield (1919), Gordon Brown (1951), Benedict Cumberbatch (1976), H. L. A. Hart (1907), Henry FitzRoy, 1st Duke of Richmond and Somerset (1519), and Emma, Lady Hamilton (1765). After him are Catherine of Lancaster (1373), Arthur Cayley (1821), Pat Hitchcock (1928), Frederick Griffith (1879), Margaret Rutherford (1892), and Harry Kroto (1939).

Among WRITERS In United Kingdom

Among writers born in United Kingdom, Samuel Richardson ranks 90Before him are James May (1963), H. Rider Haggard (1856), Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809), Thomas Malory (1405), Wilkie Collins (1824), and Georgiana Cavendish, Duchess of Devonshire (1757). After him are Bruce Chatwin (1940), Ben Jonson (1572), John Fowles (1926), E. M. Forster (1879), Henry Fielding (1707), and John William Polidori (1795).