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William Makepeace Thackeray

1811 - 1863

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William Makepeace Thackeray ( THAK-ər-ee; 18 July 1811 – 24 December 1863) was an English novelist and illustrator. He is known for his satirical works, particularly his 1847–1848 novel Vanity Fair, a panoramic portrait of British society, and the 1844 novel The Luck of Barry Lyndon, which was adapted for a 1975 film by Stanley Kubrick. Thackeray was born in Calcutta, British India, and was sent to England after his father's death in 1815. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of William Makepeace Thackeray has received more than 1,796,062 page views. His biography is available in 66 different languages on Wikipedia. William Makepeace Thackeray is the 472nd most popular writer (down from 423rd in 2019), the 55th most popular biography from India (down from 37th in 2019) and the 9th most popular Indian Writer.

William Makepeace Thackeray is most famous for his satirical novel Vanity Fair, which is a fictional account of the lives of the upper class in England during the Napoleonic era.

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Among writers, William Makepeace Thackeray ranks 472 out of 5,755Before him are Léopold Sédar Senghor, Henry IV of Castile, René Guénon, Wolfram von Eschenbach, Jacques Hébert, and Grazia Deledda. After him are Octavio Paz, Boris Vian, Savitribai Phule, Jules Michelet, William S. Burroughs, and Nathaniel Hawthorne.

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Among people born in 1811, William Makepeace Thackeray ranks 8Before him are Napoleon II, Évariste Galois, Robert Bunsen, Maximilian II of Bavaria, Théophile Gautier, and Urbain Le Verrier. After him are Harriet Beecher Stowe, Isaac Singer, Louis Blanc, Augusta of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach, Vissarion Belinsky, and Ambroise Thomas. Among people deceased in 1863, William Makepeace Thackeray ranks 4Before him are Eugène Delacroix, Jacob Grimm, and Frederick VII of Denmark. After him are Alfred de Vigny, Solomon Northup, Horace Vernet, Sa'id of Egypt, Jakob Steiner, Franz Xaver Gruber, Stonewall Jackson, and Christian Friedrich Hebbel.

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In India

Among people born in India, William Makepeace Thackeray ranks 55 out of 1,493Before him are Harsha (590), Tipu Sultan (1750), Augustus De Morgan (1806), Salman Rushdie (1947), Bal Gangadhar Tilak (1856), and Zubin Mehta (1936). After him are Vallabhbhai Patel (1875), Savitribai Phule (1831), Salman Khan (1965), Vyasa (-390), Premchand (1880), and Aśvaghoṣa (80).

Among WRITERS In India

Among writers born in India, William Makepeace Thackeray ranks 9Before him are Rudyard Kipling (1865), Kālidāsa (400), Valmiki (-80), Tulsidas (1532), Meera (1498), and Salman Rushdie (1947). After him are Savitribai Phule (1831), Premchand (1880), Ghalib (1797), Vātsyāyana (300), Tukaram (1608), and Sarojini Naidu (1879).