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 418,343 page views. His biography is available in 27 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 25 in 2019). Sheridan Le Fanu is the 1,322nd most popular writer (up from 1,395th in 2019), the 57th most popular biography from Ireland (down from 55th in 2019) and the 13th most popular Irish Writer.

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Among writers, Sheridan Le Fanu ranks 1,322 out of 5,794Before him are Cratinus, Thornton Wilder, Georges Duhamel, Anne Desclos, Maurice Barrès, and Joseph Addison. After him are Babrius, Victor Serge, Namık Kemal, Heliodorus of Emesa, Lord Alfred Douglas, and Egon Kisch.

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Among people born in 1814, Sheridan Le Fanu ranks 15Before him are Henri Nestlé, Julius von Mayer, Hong Xiuquan, Jenny von Westphalen, James Joseph Sylvester, and Prince Louis, Duke of Nemours. After him are Duchess Helene of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Juan Prim, 1st Count of Reus, Princess Maria Antonia of the Two Sicilies, Heinrich Geißler, Eugène Charles Catalan, and Rasoherina. Among people deceased in 1873, Sheridan Le Fanu ranks 15Before him are Elisabeth Ludovika of Bavaria, Franz Xaver Winterhalter, Alexandru Ioan Cuza, Fyodor Tyutchev, Louis Agassiz, and Vasil Levski. After him are Edward Bulwer-Lytton, Émile Gaboriau, Amélie of Leuchtenberg, Viktor Hartmann, Princess Charlotte of Württemberg, and José Antonio Páez.

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In Ireland

Among people born in Ireland, Sheridan Le Fanu ranks 57 out of 460Before him are Brendan Gleeson (1955), Richard Cantillon (1680), James Ussher (1581), Dolores O'Riordan (1971), Edward England (1685), and Eileen Gray (1878). After him are John Toland (1670), Thomas Moore (1779), J. D. Bernal (1901), Colin Farrell (1976), Herbert Kitchener, 1st Earl Kitchener (1850), and Brian Boru (941).

Among WRITERS In Ireland

Among writers born in Ireland, Sheridan Le Fanu ranks 13Before him are W. B. Yeats (1865), Laurence Sterne (1713), Iris Murdoch (1919), Joseph Murphy (1898), Ethel Voynich (1864), and Saint Gall (550). After him are Thomas Moore (1779), Oliver Goldsmith (1728), Christy Brown (1932), Charles Maturin (1780), Patrick Pearse (1879), and John Millington Synge (1871).