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Sheridan Le Fanu

1814 - 1873

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Joseph Thomas Sheridan Le Fanu (; 28 August 1814 – 7 February 1873) was an Irish writer of Gothic tales, mystery novels, and horror fiction. He was a leading ghost story writer of his time, central to the development of the genre in the Victorian era. M. R. James described Le Fanu as "absolutely in the first rank as a writer of ghost stories". Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Sheridan Le Fanu has received more than 607,114 page views. His biography is available in 28 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 27 in 2019). Sheridan Le Fanu is the 1,600th most popular writer (down from 1,322nd in 2019), the 66th most popular biography from Ireland (down from 57th in 2019) and the 15th most popular Irish Writer.

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  • 3.14

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Among writers, Sheridan Le Fanu ranks 1,600 out of 5,755Before him are Dmitry Merezhkovsky, Mateo Alemán, Pacuvius, Walter Tevis, Semonides of Amorgos, and Brian Tracy. After him are Wace, Ryū Murakami, Afanasy Fet, Gabriel Naudé, Matteo Maria Boiardo, and Colin Wilson.

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Among people born in 1814, Sheridan Le Fanu ranks 20Before him are Prince Louis, Duke of Nemours, Princess Maria Antonia of the Two Sicilies, Duchess Helene of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Juan Prim, 1st Count of Reus, Princess Marie Luise Charlotte of Hesse-Kassel, and Pierre-Jules Hetzel. After him are Eugène Charles Catalan, Heinrich Geißler, Alexander Cunningham, Rasoherina, Ivan Mažuranić, and Henri Tresca. Among people deceased in 1873, Sheridan Le Fanu ranks 20Before him are Johns Hopkins, Émile Gaboriau, Louis Agassiz, Edward Bulwer-Lytton, Princess Charlotte of Württemberg, and Pauline Therese of Württemberg. After him are Viktor Hartmann, Jean Chacornac, José Antonio Páez, Friedrich Wieck, Mary Ann Cotton, and Charles II, Duke of Brunswick.

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In Ireland

Among people born in Ireland, Sheridan Le Fanu ranks 66 out of 501Before him are Malcolm II of Scotland (954), James Ussher (1581), George Francis FitzGerald (1851), William C. Campbell (1930), Brigid of Kildare (451), and Brian Cowen (1960). After him are Brian Boru (941), Sinéad O'Connor (1966), Mary Robinson (1944), Antoine Thomson d'Abbadie (1810), George Johnstone Stoney (1826), and Conor McGregor (1988).

Among WRITERS In Ireland

Among writers born in Ireland, Sheridan Le Fanu ranks 15Before him are Joseph Murphy (1898), Saint Gall (550), Iris Murdoch (1919), Ethel Voynich (1864), Thomas Moore (1779), and Christy Brown (1932). After him are Charles Maturin (1780), Oliver Goldsmith (1728), Patrick Pearse (1879), John Banville (1945), Cornelius Ryan (1920), and John Millington Synge (1871).