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William Blake

1757 - 1827

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William Blake (28 November 1757 – 12 August 1827) was an English poet, painter, and printmaker. Largely unrecognised during his life, Blake is now considered a seminal figure in the history of the poetry and visual art of the Romantic Age. What he called his "prophetic works" were said by 20th-century critic Northrop Frye to form "what is in proportion to its merits the least read body of poetry in the English language". Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of William Blake has received more than 7,722,112 page views. His biography is available in 92 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 90 in 2019). William Blake is the 139th most popular writer (down from 130th in 2019), the 108th most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 91st in 2019) and the 14th most popular British Writer.

William Blake is most famous for his poetry and his paintings.

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Among writers, William Blake ranks 139 out of 5,755Before him are Günter Grass, Charles Baudelaire, Rudyard Kipling, Charlotte Brontë, Catullus, and Tove Jansson. After him are H. G. Wells, Kālidāsa, Mikhail Bulgakov, Aldous Huxley, Guillaume Apollinaire, and Emily Brontë.

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Among people born in 1757, William Blake ranks 2Before him is Charles X of France. After him are Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de Lafayette, Antonio Canova, Jacques Hébert, Countess Augusta Reuss of Ebersdorf, Pierre Augereau, Georgiana Cavendish, Duchess of Devonshire, Ignaz Pleyel, Rigas Feraios, Karl August, Grand Duke of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach, and George Vancouver. Among people deceased in 1827, William Blake ranks 5Before him are Ludwig van Beethoven, Alessandro Volta, Pierre-Simon Laplace, and Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi. After him are Augustin-Jean Fresnel, Frederick Augustus I of Saxony, Wilhelm Hauff, Samuel Crompton, Maria Theresa of Austria, Ugo Foscolo, and Ernst Chladni.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, William Blake ranks 108 out of 7,765Before him are Charlotte Brontë (1816), Liam Neeson (1952), Elizabeth Taylor (1932), Diana, Princess of Wales (1961), Edward VII (1841), and Horatio Nelson, 1st Viscount Nelson (1758). After him are H. G. Wells (1866), Elizabeth of York (1466), Aldous Huxley (1894), George III of the United Kingdom (1738), Victoria, Princess Royal (1840), and Emily Brontë (1818).

Among WRITERS In United Kingdom

Among writers born in United Kingdom, William Blake ranks 14Before him are Virginia Woolf (1882), Lewis Carroll (1832), Mary Shelley (1797), Robert Louis Stevenson (1850), Walter Scott (1771), and Charlotte Brontë (1816). After him are H. G. Wells (1866), Aldous Huxley (1894), Emily Brontë (1818), Ian Fleming (1908), Arthur C. Clarke (1917), and Geoffrey Chaucer (1343).