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Taras Shevchenko

1814 - 1861

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Taras Hryhorovych Shevchenko (Ukrainian: Тарас Григорович Шевченко [tɐˈrɑz ɦrɪˈɦɔrowɪtʃ ʃeu̯ˈtʃɛnko], pronounced [tɐˈrɑs] without the middle name; 9 March [O.S. 25 February] 1814 – 10 March [O.S. 26 February] 1861), also known as Kobzar Taras, or simply Kobzar (a kobzar is a bard in Ukrainian culture), was a Ukrainian poet, writer, artist, public and political figure, folklorist and ethnographer. His literary heritage is regarded to be the foundation of modern Ukrainian literature and, to a large extent, the modern Ukrainian language, though this is different from the language of his poems. He also wrote some works in Russian (nine novellas, a diary, and an autobiography). Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Taras Shevchenko has received more than 967,024 page views. His biography is available in 83 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 76 in 2019). Taras Shevchenko is the 202nd most popular writer (up from 264th in 2019), the 18th most popular biography from Ukraine (up from 22nd in 2019) and the 5th most popular Ukrainian Writer.

Taras Shevchenko is most famous for his poetry.

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Among writers, Taras Shevchenko ranks 202 out of 5,755Before him are Ian Fleming, Osamu Dazai, Emily Dickinson, Imre Kertész, Yasunari Kawabata, and Herman Melville. After him are Isaac Bashevis Singer, Stéphane Mallarmé, Friedrich Hölderlin, Henryk Sienkiewicz, Chinghiz Aitmatov, and Colette.

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Among people born in 1814, Taras Shevchenko ranks 3Before him are Mikhail Bakunin and Jean-François Millet. After him are Samuel Colt, Mikhail Lermontov, Eugène Viollet-le-Duc, Adolphe Sax, Julius von Mayer, Anders Jonas Ångström, Henri Nestlé, Hong Xiuquan, and Jenny von Westphalen. Among people deceased in 1861, Taras Shevchenko ranks 4Before him are Albert, Prince Consort, Abdulmejid I, and Frederick William IV of Prussia. After him are Camillo Benso, Count of Cavour, Xianfeng Emperor, Friedrich Carl von Savigny, Princess Victoria of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld, Pedro V of Portugal, Lola Montez, Pavel Jozef Šafárik, and Eugène Scribe.

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In Ukraine

Among people born in Ukraine, Taras Shevchenko ranks 18 out of 1,083Before him are John III Sobieski (1629), Mikhail Bulgakov (1891), Joseph Conrad (1857), Helena Blavatsky (1831), Bohdan Khmelnytsky (1595), and Svetlana Alexievich (1948). After him are Sviatoslav I of Kiev (942), Kliment Voroshilov (1881), Anna Akhmatova (1889), Lyudmila Pavlichenko (1916), Stanisław Leszczyński (1677), and Leonid Kuchma (1938).

Among WRITERS In Ukraine

Among writers born in Ukraine, Taras Shevchenko ranks 5Before him are Nikolai Gogol (1809), Mikhail Bulgakov (1891), Joseph Conrad (1857), and Svetlana Alexievich (1948). After him are Anna Akhmatova (1889), Leopold von Sacher-Masoch (1836), Joseph Roth (1894), Sholem Aleichem (1859), Ilya Ehrenburg (1891), Vasily Grossman (1905), and Lesya Ukrainka (1871).