W. S. Merwin

1927 - 2019

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William Stanley Merwin (September 30, 1927 – March 15, 2019) was an American poet who wrote more than fifty books of poetry and prose, and produced many works in translation. During the 1960s anti-war movement, Merwin's unique craft was thematically characterized by indirect, unpunctuated narration. In the 1980s and 1990s, his writing influence derived from an interest in Buddhist philosophy and deep ecology. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of W. S. Merwin has received more than 334,123 page views. His biography is available in 24 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 23 in 2019). W. S. Merwin is the 5,060th most popular writer (down from 3,260th in 2019), the 9,082nd most popular biography from United States (down from 4,098th in 2019) and the 701st most popular American Writer.

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Among writers, W. S. Merwin ranks 5,060 out of 5,794Before him are Katie Couric, Gwendolyn Brooks, Charlotte Mary Yonge, Michael Chabon, Jhumpa Lahiri, and Richelle Mead. After him are Grace Paley, John Ajvide Lindqvist, Ann Coulter, Pavao Pavličić, Patrick Rambaud, and Edwin Arlington Robinson.

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Among people born in 1927, W. S. Merwin ranks 336Before him are Alvin Sargent, Howard Zieff, Mehdi Hassan, Vince Boryla, François Nourissier, and Dick Jones. After him are Pat Carroll, Anne McLaren, Harry Gallatin, Tibor Csík, Abby Mann, and Hank Ballard. Among people deceased in 2019, W. S. Merwin ranks 410Before him are Rip Taylor, Dave Bartholomew, Jürgen Kissner, Ted Lindsay, W. Morgan Sheppard, and D. M. Jayaratne. After him are Elwyn Berlekamp, Lothar Kobluhn, Bernard Tchoullouyan, John Singleton, Guy François, and James Frawley.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, W. S. Merwin ranks 9,082 out of 15,968Before him are Richelle Mead (1976), Mary Brian (1906), Jack Sherman (1956), Khary Payton (1972), Rick Carlisle (1959), and Steve Schirripa (1958). After him are Michelle Hurd (1966), Herbert H. Lehman (1878), Grace Paley (1922), Scott Kelly (1964), Ann Coulter (1961), and Kathryn Erbe (1965).

Among WRITERS In United States

Among writers born in United States, W. S. Merwin ranks 701Before him are Zitkala-Sa (1876), Mike Godwin (1956), Katie Couric (1957), Gwendolyn Brooks (1917), Michael Chabon (1963), and Richelle Mead (1976). After him are Grace Paley (1922), Ann Coulter (1961), Edwin Arlington Robinson (1869), John Perry Barlow (1947), Terry Bisson (1942), and Carol Shields (1935).