WRITER

Vladimir Nabokov

1899 - 1977

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Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov (Russian: Владимир Владимирович Набоков [vlɐˈdʲimʲɪr vlɐˈdʲimʲɪrəvʲɪtɕ nɐˈbokəf] (listen); 22 April [O.S. 10 April] 1899 – 2 July 1977), also known by the pen name Vladimir Sirin (Владимир Сирин), was a Russian-American-Swiss novelist, poet, translator, and entomologist. Born in Russia, he wrote his first nine novels in Russian (1926–1938) while living in Berlin. He achieved international acclaim and prominence after moving to the United States and beginning to write in English. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Vladimir Nabokov has received more than 3,425,950 page views. His biography is available in 108 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 105 in 2019). Vladimir Nabokov is the 113th most popular writer (down from 100th in 2019), the 37th most popular biography from Russia (down from 33rd in 2019) and the 10th most popular Russian Writer.

Vladimir Nabokov is most famous for his novel Lolita, which tells the story of a middle-aged man's sexual obsession with a 12-year-old girl.

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Among WRITERS

Among writers, Vladimir Nabokov ranks 113 out of 5,794Before him are Paul Verlaine, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Václav Havel, George Sand, François Villon, and Nicolas Flamel. After him are Samuel Beckett, Anatole France, Alexandre Dumas fils, Ismail I, Jean Cocteau, and Henry David Thoreau.

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Contemporaries

Among people born in 1899, Vladimir Nabokov ranks 6Before him are Huang Xianfan, Ernest Hemingway, Alfred Hitchcock, Al Capone, and Jorge Luis Borges. After him are Friedrich Hayek, Frederick IX of Denmark, Yasunari Kawabata, Humphrey Bogart, Lavrentiy Beria, and Fred Astaire. Among people deceased in 1977, Vladimir Nabokov ranks 4Before him are Charlie Chaplin, Elvis Presley, and Maria Callas. After him are Wernher von Braun, Anthony Eden, Roberto Rossellini, René Goscinny, Ludwig Erhard, Lutz Graf Schwerin von Krosigk, Jacques Prévert, and Alexey Stakhanov.

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In Russia

Among people born in Russia, Vladimir Nabokov ranks 37 out of 2,688Before him are Ivan Turgenev (1818), Nicholas I of Russia (1796), Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (1844), Alexander III of Russia (1845), Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn (1918), and Paul I of Russia (1754). After him are Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna of Russia (1901), Georgy Zhukov (1896), Yuri Andropov (1914), Valentina Tereshkova (1937), Alexander II of Russia (1818), and David Hilbert (1862).

Among WRITERS In Russia

Among writers born in Russia, Vladimir Nabokov ranks 10Before him are Alexander Pushkin (1799), Maxim Gorky (1868), Ayn Rand (1905), Isaac Asimov (1920), Ivan Turgenev (1818), and Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn (1918). After him are E. T. A. Hoffmann (1776), Boris Pasternak (1890), Lou Andreas-Salomé (1861), Mikhail Lermontov (1814), Mikhail Sholokhov (1905), and Vladimir Vysotsky (1938).