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Yi Kwang-su

1892 - 1950

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Yi Gwangsu (Korean: 이광수; 1892–1950) was a Korean writer and poet, and a notable Korean independence and nationalist activist until his later turn towards collaboration with the Japanese. His pen names were Chunwon and Goju. Yi is best known for his novel Mujeong (Heartless), sometimes described as the first Korean novel. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Yi Kwang-su has received more than 59,382 page views. His biography is available in 21 different languages on Wikipedia. Yi Kwang-su is the 2,537th most popular writer (down from 2,285th in 2019), the 76th most popular biography from North Korea (down from 49th in 2019) and the most popular North Korean Writer.

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Among writers, Yi Kwang-su ranks 2,537 out of 5,755Before him are Commodian, Johannes Mario Simmel, Ilse Aichinger, Ram Prasad Bismil, Isak Samokovlija, and Eric Roth. After him are Mahasweta Devi, Aelred of Rievaulx, Lawrence Block, Sumitranandan Pant, Mary Astell, and Timotheus of Miletus.

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Among people born in 1892, Yi Kwang-su ranks 129Before him are Walter Krüger, Juan Belmonte, James Forrestal, Liu Bocheng, Branislaw Tarashkyevich, and John Alcock. After him are Charles Nungesser, Robert Watson-Watt, Sayed Darwish, Alberto Bayo, Joseph Szigeti, and Bessie Coleman. Among people deceased in 1950, Yi Kwang-su ranks 79Before him are Lev Berg, Gustaf John Ramstedt, Heinz-Wolfgang Schnaufer, Shigenori Tōgō, Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, and Edgar Lee Masters. After him are Arturo Alessandri, Nikolai Luzin, Harold Laski, Alma Karlin, Al Jolson, and John C. Woods.

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In North Korea

Among people born in North Korea, Yi Kwang-su ranks 76 out of 146Before him are Kim Song-ae (1924), Chungsuk of Goryeo (1294), Pak Doo-ik (1943), Jungcheon of Goguryeo (224), Seocheon of Goguryeo (250), and Ahn Changho (1876). After him are Cho Man-sik (1883), Kim Tok-hun (1961), Francis Hong Yong-ho (1906), Minjung of Goguryeo (10), Ri Jong-ok (1916), and Kim Pyong-il (1954).

Among WRITERS In North Korea

Among writers born in North Korea, Yi Kwang-su ranks 1After him are Kim Hyon-hui (1962), Kim Myeong-sun (1896), Kim Iryeop (1896), and Park Yeon-mi (1993).