William Shakespeare

1564 - 1616

William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare (bapt. 26 April 1564 – 23 April 1616) was an English playwright, poet, and actor, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's greatest dramatist. He is often called England's national poet and the "Bard of Avon" (or simply "the Bard"). Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of William Shakespeare has received more than 29,524,359 page views. His biography is available in 194 different languages on Wikipedia making him the most popular writer.

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  • 194

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 12.41

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 6.19

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

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Among writers, William Shakespeare ranks 1 out of 4,883After him are Dante Alighieri, Homer, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Hans Christian Andersen, J. R. R. Tolkien, Voltaire, Victor Hugo, Franz Kafka, Leo Tolstoy, and Molière.

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Among people born in 1564, William Shakespeare ranks 2Before him is Galileo Galilei. After him are Pieter Brueghel the Younger, Christopher Marlowe, William Adams, Paulo Miki, David Fabricius, Hans Leo Hassler, Francisco Pacheco, Joos de Momper, Henry Julius, Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg, and Ahmad Sirhindi. Among people deceased in 1616, William Shakespeare ranks 1After him are Miguel de Cervantes, Tokugawa Ieyasu, Vincenzo Scamozzi, Maria Anna of Bavaria, Inca Garcilaso de la Vega, John Adolf, Duke of Holstein-Gottorp, Jacob Le Maire, Andreas Libavius, Kuzma Minin, Simeon Bekbulatovich, and Tang Xianzu.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, William Shakespeare ranks 2 out of 5,347Before him are Isaac Newton (1643). After him are Charles Darwin (1809), Elizabeth II (1926), Adam Smith (1723), Elizabeth I of England (1533), Charlie Chaplin (1889), Francis Bacon (1561), Winston Churchill (1874), John Locke (1632), Stephen Hawking (1942), and James Watt (1736).

Among WRITERS In United Kingdom

Among writers born in United Kingdom, William Shakespeare ranks 1After him are Charles Dickens (1812), Agatha Christie (1890), Arthur Conan Doyle (1859), Daniel Defoe (1660), Jane Austen (1775), Lord Byron (1788), Lewis Carroll (1832), Virginia Woolf (1882), Walter Scott (1771), Mary Shelley (1797), and Robert Louis Stevenson (1850).