W. B. Yeats

1865 - 1939

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William Butler Yeats (13 June 1865 – 28 January 1939) was an Irish poet, dramatist, writer and one of the foremost figures of 20th-century literature. He was a driving force behind the Irish Literary Revival and became a pillar of the Irish literary establishment who helped to found the Abbey Theatre, and in his later years served two terms as a Senator of the Irish Free State. A Protestant of Anglo-Irish descent, Yeats was born in Sandymount and was educated in Dublin and London and spent childhood holidays in County Sligo. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of W. B. Yeats has received more than 4,292,766 page views. His biography is available in 95 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 92 in 2019). W. B. Yeats is the 353rd most popular writer (down from 317th in 2019), the 19th most popular biography from Ireland (down from 15th in 2019) 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 353 out of 5,794Before him are Kenzaburō Ōe, Théophile Gautier, Sholem Aleichem, Paul Celan, Archilochus, and Paul Heyse. After him are Dan Brown, Filippo Tommaso Marinetti, Jean Genet, Apollonius of Rhodes, Elfriede Jelinek, and Nadine Gordimer.

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Among people born in 1865, W. B. Yeats ranks 7Before him are Jean Sibelius, Rudyard Kipling, George V, Erich Ludendorff, Pieter Zeeman, and Ferdinand I of Romania. After him are Archduke Otto of Austria, Alexander Glazunov, Warren G. Harding, Carl Nielsen, Paul Dukas, and Émile Jaques-Dalcroze. Among people deceased in 1939, W. B. Yeats ranks 7Before him are Sigmund Freud, Pope Pius XI, Howard Carter, James Naismith, Nadezhda Krupskaya, and Alphonse Mucha. After him are Joseph Roth, Eugen Bleuler, Werner von Fritsch, Anton Makarenko, Douglas Fairbanks, and Edward Sapir.

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In Ireland

Among people born in Ireland, W. B. Yeats ranks 19 out of 460Before him are Sir George Stokes, 1st Baronet (1819), Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington (1769), Pierce Brosnan (1953), John Scotus Eriugena (810), Anne Bonny (1702), and Richard Harris (1930). After him are William Rowan Hamilton (1805), Laurence Sterne (1713), Ernest Shackleton (1874), Columbanus (540), Katie McGrath (1983), 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 Sheridan Le Fanu (1814).