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 6,925,264 page views. His biography is available in 90 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 88 in 2019). William Blake is the 130th most popular writer (up from 132nd in 2019), the 91st most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 84th 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 130 out of 5,794Before him are Rudyard Kipling, Robert Louis Stevenson, Emily Brontë, Walter Scott, August Strindberg, and E. T. A. Hoffmann. After him are Carlo Collodi, Kālidāsa, Heinrich Böll, Boris Pasternak, Sully Prudhomme, and Günter Grass.

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Among people born in 1757, William Blake ranks 2Before him is Charles X of France. After him are Antonio Canova, Jacques Hébert, Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de Lafayette, Georgiana Cavendish, Duchess of Devonshire, Pierre Augereau, Countess Augusta Reuss of Ebersdorf, Karl August, Grand Duke of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach, Rigas Feraios, Ignaz Pleyel, 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, Maria Theresa of Austria, Ugo Foscolo, Samuel Crompton, and George Canning.

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Among people born in United Kingdom, William Blake ranks 91 out of 6,924Before him are Robert Louis Stevenson (1850), Emily Brontë (1818), Roger Moore (1927), David Livingstone (1813), Walter Scott (1771), and Ian McKellen (1939). After him are Maggie Smith (1934), Mary Boleyn (1499), J. M. W. Turner (1775), Alex Ferguson (1941), Christopher Lee (1922), and Edward VIII (1894).

Among WRITERS In United Kingdom

Among writers born in United Kingdom, William Blake ranks 14Before him are Lewis Carroll (1832), Virginia Woolf (1882), Mary Shelley (1797), Robert Louis Stevenson (1850), Emily Brontë (1818), and Walter Scott (1771). After him are Charlotte Brontë (1816), Aldous Huxley (1894), H. G. Wells (1866), Geoffrey Chaucer (1343), John Milton (1608), and Arthur C. Clarke (1917).