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Su Shi

1037 - 1101

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Su Shi (simplified Chinese: 苏轼; traditional Chinese: 蘇軾; pinyin: Sū Shì; 8 January 1037 – 24 August 1101), courtesy name Zizhan (Chinese: 子瞻), art name Dongpo (Chinese: 東坡), was a Chinese calligrapher, essayist, gastronomer, pharmacologist, poet, politician, and travel writer during the Song dynasty. A major personality of the Song era, at times holding high-level political positions, Su Shi was also an important figure in Song Dynasty politics, aligning himself with Sima Guang and others, against the New Policy party led by Wang Anshi, gaining some level of popular support through his actions, and also sometimes experiencing politically motivated reversals to his government career. Su Shi is widely regarded as one of the most accomplished figures in classical Chinese literature, having produced some of the most well-known poems, lyrics, prose, and essays. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Su Shi has received more than 529,979 page views. His biography is available in 37 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 35 in 2019). Su Shi is the 748th most popular writer (down from 674th in 2019), the 199th most popular biography from China (down from 180th in 2019) and the 14th most popular Chinese Writer.

Su Shi is famous for his poetry and calligraphy.

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  • 530k

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  • 63.18

    Historical Popularity Index (HPI)

  • 37

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 2.71

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 4.37

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

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Among writers, Su Shi ranks 748 out of 5,755Before him are Natalia Ginzburg, Nikolai Ostrovsky, Jamal Khashoggi, Ann Radcliffe, Aelia Eudocia, and Joseph Murphy. After him are Zosimus, Olga Tokarczuk, Solomon Northup, Karl Harrer, Sidonius Apollinaris, and Adunis.

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Among people born in 1037, Su Shi ranks 1 Among people deceased in 1101, Su Shi ranks 5Before him are Mahmud al-Kashgari, Bruno of Cologne, Roger I of Sicily, and John Skylitzes. After him are Hugh, Count of Vermandois, Su Song, Conrad II of Italy, Welf I, Duke of Bavaria, Urraca of Zamora, Akka Mahadevi, and Emperor Daozong of Liao.

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In China

Among people born in China, Su Shi ranks 199 out of 1,392Before him are Donnie Yen (1963), Wang Zhaojun (-50), Kang Youwei (1858), Li Hongzhang (1823), Yang Chen-Ning (1922), and Xiahou Dun (155). After him are John Woo (1946), Emperor Ling of Han (156), Li Peng (1928), Wu Sangui (1612), Jiang Wei (202), and Emperor Ming of Han (28).

Among WRITERS In China

Among writers born in China, Su Shi ranks 14Before him are Faxian (340), Mo Yan (1955), Bai Juyi (772), Kumārajīva (343), Jin Yong (1924), and Kang Youwei (1858). After him are Zhang Sanfeng (1200), Ban Gu (32), Cao Xueqin (1724), Tao Yuanming (365), Cai Yan (177), and Lao She (1899).