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W. B. Yeats

1865 - 1939

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William Butler Yeats (13 June 1865 – 28 January 1939) was an Irish poet, dramatist and writer, and one of the foremost figures of 20th-century literature. He was a driving force behind the Irish Literary Revival, and along with Lady Gregory founded the Abbey Theatre, serving as its chief during its early years. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of W. B. Yeats has received more than 5,757,672 page views. His biography is available in 104 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 98 in 2019). W. B. Yeats is the 480th most popular writer (down from 406th in 2019), the 19th most popular biography from Ireland and the 7th most popular Irish Writer.

W. B. Yeats is most famous for his poetry. He was a member of the Irish Literary Revival and a Nobel Prize in Literature laureate in 1923.

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Among writers, W. B. Yeats ranks 480 out of 7,302Before him are Milena Jesenská, Verner von Heidenstam, Natsume Sōseki, Bohumil Hrabal, Ze'ev Jabotinsky, and Martial. After him are Miguel Ángel Asturias, Maria Leopoldina of Austria, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Luo Guanzhong, Edward Said, and Vuk Karadžić.

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Among people born in 1865, W. B. Yeats ranks 12Before him are Alexander Glazunov, Archduke Otto of Austria, Warren G. Harding, Suzanne Valadon, Ferdinand I of Romania, and Arthur Harden. After him are Carl Nielsen, Richard Adolf Zsigmondy, Sven Hedin, Andranik, Philipp Scheidemann, and Paul Dukas. Among people deceased in 1939, W. B. Yeats ranks 8Before him are Pope Pius XI, Alphonse Mucha, Howard Carter, Nadezhda Krupskaya, Joseph Roth, and Eugen Bleuler. After him are James Naismith, Werner von Fritsch, Philipp Scheidemann, Anton Makarenko, Karl Radek, and Matthias Sindelar.

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In Ireland

Among people born in Ireland, W. B. Yeats ranks 19 out of 549Before him are Sir George Stokes, 1st Baronet (1819), Pierce Brosnan (1953), Richard Harris (1930), William Rowan Hamilton (1805), Anne Bonny (1702), and John Scotus Eriugena (810). After him are Columbanus (540), Michael D. Higgins (1941), Laurence Sterne (1713), Enya (1961), Lola Montez (1821), and Michael Collins (1890).

Among WRITERS In Ireland

Among writers born in Ireland, W. B. Yeats ranks 7Before him are Oscar Wilde (1854), Jonathan Swift (1667), James Joyce (1882), George Bernard Shaw (1856), Samuel Beckett (1906), and Bram Stoker (1847). After him are Laurence Sterne (1713), Iris Murdoch (1919), Joseph Murphy (1898), Ethel Voynich (1864), Saint Gall (550), and Thomas Moore (1779).