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Tobias Smollett

1721 - 1771

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Tobias George Smollett (baptised 19 March 1721 – 17 September 1771) was a Scottish novelist, surgeon, critic and playwright. He was best known for picaresque novels such as The Adventures of Roderick Random (1748), The Adventures of Peregrine Pickle (1751) and The Expedition of Humphry Clinker (1771), which influenced later novelists, including Charles Dickens. His novels were liberally altered by contemporary printers; an authoritative edition of each was edited by Dr O. M. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Tobias Smollett has received more than 366,485 page views. His biography is available in 33 different languages on Wikipedia. Tobias Smollett is the 2,252nd most popular writer (up from 2,320th in 2019), the 1,732nd most popular biography from United Kingdom (up from 1,755th in 2019) and the 190th most popular British Writer.

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  • 4.16

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  • 3.66

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Among writers, Tobias Smollett ranks 2,252 out of 5,755Before him are Zeb-un-Nissa, Udo Lindenberg, Valentin Kataev, Mirza Shafi Vazeh, Akaki Tsereteli, and Ferdynand Antoni Ossendowski. After him are Jeanne Julie Éléonore de Lespinasse, Marie Under, Tavo Burat, Phlegon of Tralles, Johann Peter Hebel, and Karel Hynek Mácha.

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Among people born in 1721, Tobias Smollett ranks 10Before him are Countess Palatine Caroline of Zweibrücken, Prince William, Duke of Cumberland, Louis Victor, Prince of Carignano, Guillaume-Chrétien de Lamoignon de Malesherbes, Duke Ferdinand of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel, and Countess Palatine Elisabeth Auguste of Sulzbach. After him are Samuel von Brukenthal, Johann Kirnberger, Abdulaziz bin Muhammad Al Saud, Frederick Christian I, Duke of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Augustenburg, Joseph de Guignes, and Anna Dorothea Therbusch. Among people deceased in 1771, Tobias Smollett ranks 12Before him are Henri Pitot, Louis-Michel van Loo, Jean-Baptiste de Boyer, Marquis d'Argens, Alexei Razumovsky, Thomas Gray, and John Bevis. After him are František Brixi, Frederick William, Margrave of Brandenburg-Schwedt, Johann Gottlieb Graun, Dmitry Laptev, Infanta Maria Doroteia of Portugal, and William Fermor.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, Tobias Smollett ranks 1,732 out of 7,765Before him are John Watson (1946), Paul Gascoigne (1967), Nell Gwyn (1650), John Hannah (1962), Henry More (1614), and Charles Hatchett (1765). After him are Cenwalh of Wessex (601), John A. Macdonald (1815), Israel Kirzner (1930), Francis Baily (1774), Stuart Lewis-Evans (1930), and Robert Southey (1774).

Among WRITERS In United Kingdom

Among writers born in United Kingdom, Tobias Smollett ranks 190Before him are Edward Young (1683), Edwin Abbott Abbott (1838), Irvine Welsh (1957), Matthew Arnold (1822), Kenneth Grahame (1859), and Richard Aldington (1892). After him are Robert Southey (1774), Noël Coward (1899), Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806), John Wilmot, 2nd Earl of Rochester (1647), Rebecca West (1892), and William Beckford (1760).