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Wilbur Smith

1933 - 2021

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Wilbur Addison Smith (9 January 1933 – 13 November 2021) was a Zambian-born British-South African novelist specialising in historical fiction about international involvement in Southern Africa across four centuries, seen from the viewpoints of both black and white families. An accountant by training, he gained a film contract with his first published novel When the Lion Feeds. This encouraged him to become a full-time writer, and he developed three long chronicles of the South African experience which all became best-sellers. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Wilbur Smith has received more than 1,426,770 page views. His biography is available in 42 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 38 in 2019). Wilbur Smith is the 545th most popular writer (up from 668th in 2019), the most popular biography from Zambia and the most popular Zambian Writer.

Wilbur Smith is most famous for his historical fiction novels set in Africa, particularly the Courtney series.

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Among writers, Wilbur Smith ranks 545 out of 5,755Before him are Eugene O'Neill, Erich Kästner, Marie-Antoine Carême, Ivan Bunin, Laurence Sterne, and Kazuo Ishiguro. After him are Alfred Jarry, Aulus Gellius, Gaius Julius Hyginus, A. A. Milne, Heinrich Mann, and Luo Guanzhong.

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Among people born in 1933, Wilbur Smith ranks 29Before him are Paul Biya, Krzysztof Penderecki, Heinrich Rohrer, Costa-Gavras, Elinor Ostrom, and Arno Allan Penzias. After him are Richard Rogers, Kim Novak, Philip Zimbardo, Álvaro Siza Vieira, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and Stanley Milgram. Among people deceased in 2021, Wilbur Smith ranks 24Before him are Raffaella Carrà, Marie, Princess of Liechtenstein, Bernie Madoff, Betty White, Aaron T. Beck, and Nathalie Delon. After him are Richard Rogers, Sonny Chiba, Mohamed Hussein Tantawi, Lars Vilks, Donald Rumsfeld, and Carlos Menem.

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In Zambia

Among people born in Zambia, Wilbur Smith ranks 1 out of 35After him are Kenneth Kaunda (1924), Stanley Fischer (1943), Godfrey Chitalu (1947), Michael Sata (1937), Denise Scott Brown (1931), Frederick Chiluba (1943), Levy Mwanawasa (1948), Edgar Lungu (1956), Kalusha Bwalya (1963), Medardo Joseph Mazombwe (1931), and Guy Scott (1944).

Among WRITERS In Zambia

Among writers born in Zambia, Wilbur Smith ranks 1

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