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Walt Whitman

1819 - 1892

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Walter Whitman (; May 31, 1819 – March 26, 1892) was an American poet, essayist and journalist. A humanist, he was a part of the transition between transcendentalism and realism, incorporating both views in his works. Whitman is among the most influential poets in the American canon, often called the father of free verse. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Walt Whitman has received more than 6,569,879 page views. His biography is available in 99 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 95 in 2019). Walt Whitman is the 250th most popular writer (down from 219th in 2019), the 219th most popular biography from United States (down from 190th in 2019) and the 24th most popular American Writer.

Walt Whitman is most famous for his poetry, which was published in book form in 1855.

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  • 99

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  • 6.28

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Among writers, Walt Whitman ranks 250 out of 5,755Before him are Sallust, J. K. Rowling, Germaine de Staël, Bram Stoker, Christine de Pizan, and Roald Dahl. After him are Vladimir Mayakovsky, Lucy Maud Montgomery, Eckhart Tolle, Isabel Allende, Bartolomé de las Casas, and Halldór Laxness.

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Among people born in 1819, Walt Whitman ranks 8Before him are Gustave Courbet, Jacques Offenbach, Albert, Prince Consort, Clara Schumann, Léon Foucault, and Herman Melville. After him are Sir George Stokes, 1st Baronet, Báb, Hippolyte Fizeau, George Eliot, Maria II of Portugal, and John Ruskin. Among people deceased in 1892, Walt Whitman ranks 1After him are Werner von Siemens, Bahá'u'lláh, Princess Ludovika of Bavaria, Ernest Renan, Thomas Cook, Richard Owen, Édouard Lalo, Rudolf von Jhering, John Couch Adams, Louis IV, Grand Duke of Hesse, and Grand Duke Konstantin Nikolayevich of Russia.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Walt Whitman ranks 219 out of 18,182Before him are J. Robert Oppenheimer (1904), Quentin Tarantino (1963), Miles Davis (1926), James Brown (1933), Frank Zappa (1940), and Edwin McMillan (1907). After him are John Travolta (1954), Tim Cook (1960), Andrew Jackson (1767), Robert Wadlow (1918), Patti Smith (1946), and Charles Sanders Peirce (1839).

Among WRITERS In United States

Among writers born in United States, Walt Whitman ranks 24Before him are Herman Melville (1819), Pearl S. Buck (1892), Ray Bradbury (1920), Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803), Philip K. Dick (1928), and Coen brothers (null). After him are Henry Miller (1891), Margaret Mitchell (1900), Mario Puzo (1920), Raymond Chandler (1888), Jack Kerouac (1922), and Ezra Pound (1885).