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William Shakespeare

1564 - 1616

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William Shakespeare (bapt. 26 April 1564 – 23 April 1616) was an English playwright, poet and actor. He is widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's pre-eminent dramatist. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of William Shakespeare has received more than 40,231,814 page views. His biography is available in 212 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 202 in 2019). William Shakespeare is the 2nd most popular writer (down from 1st in 2019), the 3rd most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 2nd in 2019) and the most popular British Writer.

William Shakespeare is most famous for writing the plays Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet, and A Midsummer Night's Dream.

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  • 40M

    Page Views (PV)

  • 90.88

    Historical Popularity Index (HPI)

  • 212

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 12.49

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 6.79

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

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Among WRITERS

Among writers, William Shakespeare ranks 2 out of 5,755Before him are Homer. After him are Dante Alighieri, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Fyodor Dostoevsky, J. R. R. Tolkien, Hans Christian Andersen, Voltaire, Edgar Allan Poe, Sophocles, Leo Tolstoy, and Franz Kafka.

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Contemporaries

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, Ahmad Sirhindi, Francisco Pacheco, Hans Leo Hassler, Henry Julius, Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg, and Joos de Momper. Among people deceased in 1616, William Shakespeare ranks 1After him are Miguel de Cervantes, Tokugawa Ieyasu, Maria Anna of Bavaria, Vincenzo Scamozzi, Inca Garcilaso de la Vega, Jacob Le Maire, Simeon Bekbulatovich, John Adolf, Duke of Holstein-Gottorp, Andreas Libavius, Magdalene of Brandenburg, and Johannes Fabricius.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, William Shakespeare ranks 3 out of 7,765Before him are Isaac Newton (1643) and Adam Smith (1723). After him are Charles Darwin (1809), Elizabeth II (1926), John Locke (1632), Francis Bacon (1561), Elizabeth I of England (1533), Winston Churchill (1874), Charlie Chaplin (1889), Stephen Hawking (1942), and James Watt (1736).

Among WRITERS In United Kingdom

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