Famous Authors from Hungary

List of the most popular authors from Hungary, listed alphabetically with photos when available. For centuries authors have been among the world's most important people, helping chronicle history and keep us entertained with one of the earliest forms of storytelling. Whether they're known for fiction, non-fiction, poetry or even technical writing, the famous Hungarian authors on this list have kept that tradition alive by writing renowned works that have been praised around the world. You can find useful information below about these notable Hungarian writers, such as when they were born and where their place of birth was.

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  • Franz Kafka
    The Metamorphosis, The Trial, The Castle
    • Birthplace: Prague, Czech Republic
    • Birthdate: 07-03-1883
    • Nationality: Austria-Hungary, Czechoslovakia
    Franz Kafka (3 July 1883 – 3 June 1924) was a German-speaking Bohemian novelist and short-story writer, widely regarded as one of the major figures of 20th-century literature. His work, which fuses ...more
  • Max Fleischer
    Betty Boop's Sunday best
    • Birthplace: Poland, Kraków
    • Birthdate: 07-19-1883
    • Nationality: United States of America, Austria-Hungary
    Max Fleischer (born Majer Fleischer ; July 19, 1883 – September 25, 1972) was a Polish-American animator, inventor, film director and producer. Born in Kraków, Poland, Fleischer became a pioneer in ...more
  • János Pilinszky
    Conversations with Sheryl Sutton, The desert of love, Dénouement
    • Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary
    • Birthdate: 11-27-1921
    • Nationality: Hungary, Kingdom of Hungary
    János Pilinszky (25 November 1921 in Budapest – 27 May 1981 in Budapest) was one of the greatest Hungarian poets of the 20th century. Well known within the Hungarian borders for his vast influence on ...more
  • Franz Liszt
    Prométhéus, Festklänge, Frédéric Chopin
    • Birthplace: Raiding, Austria, Austria
    • Birthdate: 10-22-1811
    • Nationality: Hungary
    Franz Liszt (German: [ˈlɪst]; Hungarian: Liszt Ferencz, in modern usage Liszt Ferenc [ˈlist ˈfɛrɛnt͡s]; 22 October 1811 – 31 July 1886) was a Hungarian composer, virtuoso pianist, conductor, music ...more
  • Isaac Klein
    A guide to Jewish religious practice, ʻEt la-ledet ṿe-ʻet la-mut, The anguish and the ecstasy of a Jewish chaplain
    • Birthplace: Hungary
    • Birthdate: 09-05-1905
    • Nationality: Hungary
    Isaac Klein was a prominent rabbi and halakhic authority within Conservative Judaism.
  • Béla Bartók
    The first term at the piano, Letters, Serbo-Croatian folk songs
    • Birthplace: Sânnicolau Mare, Romania
    • Birthdate: 03-25-1881
    • Nationality: Hungary
    Béla Viktor János Bartók (; Hungarian: Bartók Béla, pronounced [ˈbɒrtoːk ˈbeːlɒ]; 25 March 1881 – 26 September 1945) was a Hungarian composer, pianist, and ethnomusicologist. He is considered one of ...more