Will Durant

1885 - 1981

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William James Durant (; November 5, 1885 – November 7, 1981) was an American writer, historian, and philosopher. He became best known for his work The Story of Civilization, 11 volumes written in collaboration with his wife, Ariel Durant, and published between 1935 and 1975. He was earlier noted for The Story of Philosophy (1926), described as "a groundbreaking work that helped to popularize philosophy".He conceived of philosophy as total perspective or seeing things sub specie totius (i.e. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Will Durant has received more than 972,944 page views. His biography is available in 36 different languages on Wikipedia. Will Durant is the 1,042nd most popular writer (up from 1,076th in 2019), the 1,173rd most popular biography from United States (down from 1,169th in 2019) and the 117th most popular American Writer.

Durant is most famous for being the first player to score 40 points in a game since Michael Jordan.

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Among writers, Will Durant ranks 1,042 out of 5,794Before him are Elsa Morante, Mercè Rodoreda, Andrei Bely, Cormac McCarthy, Savitribai Phule, and Hrotsvitha. After him are Fatema Mernissi, Tess Gerritsen, Arnold Zweig, Thietmar of Merseburg, Clément Marot, and Edith Wharton.

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Among people born in 1885, Will Durant ranks 42Before him are Nikolaus von Falkenhorst, Hugo Sperrle, Hugo Boss, Romano Guardini, Christian Wirth, and Uzeyir Hajibeyov. After him are G. W. Pabst, Gunnar Asplund, Franz Böhme, John Edensor Littlewood, Otto Klemperer, and Giacomo Matteotti. Among people deceased in 1981, Will Durant ranks 36Before him are Eugenio Montale, Abel Gance, David Wechsler, Max Delbrück, Miroslav Krleža, and Mohammad-Ali Rajai. After him are Omar Torrijos, Leo Kanner, Lobsang Rampa, Bill Shankly, Bernard Lee, and Karl Richter.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Will Durant ranks 1,173 out of 15,968Before him are Joe Jackson (1928), George Armitage Miller (1920), Cormac McCarthy (1933), Frederick Herzberg (1923), Harrison Schmitt (1935), and Raymond A. Spruance (1886). After him are Alonzo Church (1903), Joe Satriani (1956), Tess Gerritsen (1953), Elisha Otis (1811), Carl Woese (1928), and Shia LaBeouf (1986).

Among WRITERS In United States

Among writers born in United States, Will Durant ranks 117Before him are Clive Cussler (1931), William Gibson (1948), Neale Donald Walsch (1943), Daniel Goleman (1946), Sherwood Anderson (1876), and Cormac McCarthy (1933). After him are Tess Gerritsen (1953), Edith Wharton (1862), John Dickson Carr (1906), Fredric Brown (1906), Alfred Thayer Mahan (1840), and Dalton Trumbo (1905).