WRITER

Wu Cheng'en

1500 - 1582

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Wu Cheng'en (traditional Chinese: 吳承恩; simplified Chinese: 吴承恩; pinyin: Wú Chéng'ēn; Wade–Giles: Wu2 Ch‘êng2-ên1; Jyutping: Ng4 Sing4 Jan1, c. 1500–1582 or 1505–1580), courtesy name Ruzhong (汝忠), was a Chinese novelist, poet, and politician during the Ming dynasty. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Wu Cheng'en has received more than 379,451 page views. His biography is available in 48 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 47 in 2019). Wu Cheng'en is the 488th most popular writer (down from 461st in 2019), the 116th most popular biography from China (down from 100th in 2019) and the 7th most popular Chinese Writer.

Wu Cheng'en is most famous for writing "Journey to the West."

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  • 380k

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  • 66.99

    Historical Popularity Index (HPI)

  • 48

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 7.22

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 3.11

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

Notable Works

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Hsi yu chi
Xi you ji
Ming jia ping dian si da ming zhu
Wu Cheng'en

Among WRITERS

Among writers, Wu Cheng'en ranks 488 out of 7,302Before him are Maria Leopoldina of Austria, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Luo Guanzhong, Edward Said, Vuk Karadžić, and Charles, Duke of Orléans. After him are Giorgos Seferis, Ilya Ehrenburg, Ludvig Holberg, Alessandro Manzoni, Eugene O'Neill, and Muhammad Iqbal.

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Contemporaries

Among people born in 1500, Wu Cheng'en ranks 8Before him are Rüstem Pasha, Mahidevran, Benvenuto Cellini, Gülfem Hatun, Fatma Sultan, and Lala Mustafa Pasha. After him are Bartolomeo Eustachi, Hernando de Soto, John of Ávila, Al-Mutawakkil III, Federico II Gonzaga, Duke of Mantua, and Çandarlı Halil Pasha the Younger. Among people deceased in 1582, Wu Cheng'en ranks 5Before him are Oda Nobunaga, Teresa of Ávila, Fernando Álvarez de Toledo, 3rd Duke of Alba, and Akechi Mitsuhide. After him are Altan Khan, Takeda Katsuyori, Diego, Prince of Asturias, Mori Ranmaru, Oda Nobutada, Zhang Juzheng, and Charlotte of Bourbon.

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In China

Among people born in China, Wu Cheng'en ranks 116 out of 1,610Before him are Temür Khan (1265), Zhao Yun (168), Hu Yaobang (1915), I. M. Pei (1917), Luo Guanzhong (1330), and Li Keqiang (1955). After him are Empress Lü (-241), Li Zicheng (1606), Zhao Ziyang (1919), Bao Zheng (999), Chiang Ching-kuo (1910), and Milarepa (1052).

Among WRITERS In China

Among writers born in China, Wu Cheng'en ranks 7Before him are Li Bai (701), Du Fu (712), Lu Xun (1881), Gao Xingjian (1940), Qu Yuan (-343), and Luo Guanzhong (1330). After him are Kumārajīva (343), Bai Juyi (772), Mo Yan (1955), Faxian (340), Su Shi (1037), and Wang Wei (699).