Authors Famous Authors from Hungary

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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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Authors from Hungary
Franz Kafka The Metamorphosis, The Trial, The Castle Franz Kafka was a German-language writer of novels and short stories, regarded by critics as one of the most influential authors of the 20th century. Most of his works, such as "Die ...more

Max Fleischer is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Authors from Hungary
Max Fleischer Betty Boop's Sunday best Max Fleischer was an Polish Jewish American animator, inventor, film director and producer. Fleischer was a pioneer in the development of the animated cartoon and served as the head of Fleischer ...more

János Pilinszky is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Authors from Hungary
János Pilinszky Conversations with Sheryl Sutton, The desert of love, Dénouement János Pilinszky was a Hungarian poet. Well known within the Hungarian borders for his vast influence on postwar Hungarian poetry, Pilinszky’s style includes a juxtaposition of Roman ...more

Franz Liszt is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Authors from Hungary
Franz Liszt Prométhéus, Festklänge, Frédéric Chopin Franz Liszt is a film score composer.

Isaac Klein is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Authors from Hungary
Isaac Klein A guide to Jewish religious practice, ʻEt la-ledet ṿe-ʻet la-mut, The anguish and the ecstasy of a Jewish chaplain Isaac Klein was a prominent rabbi and halakhic authority within Conservative Judaism.

Béla Bartók is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Authors from Hungary
Béla Bartók The first term at the piano, Letters, Serbo-Croatian folk songs Béla Viktor János Bartók was a Hungarian composer and pianist. He is considered one of the most important composers of the 20th century; he and Liszt are regarded as ...more

Christa Winsloe is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Authors from Hungary
Christa Winsloe Gestern und heute, Girls in uniform, The child Manuela Christa Winsloe was a 20th-century German-Hungarian novelist, playwright and sculptor, best known for her play Gestern und heute, filmed in 1931 as Mädchen in Uniform and the 1958 remake.

Billy Wilder is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Authors from Hungary
Billy Wilder Billy Wilder in Hollywood, Der Prinz of Wales geht auf Urlaub, Some Like It Hot Billy Wilder was an Austrian-born American filmmaker, screenwriter, producer, artist and journalist, whose career spanned more than 50 years and 60 films. He is regarded as one of the most ...more

Albert Einstein is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Authors from Hungary
Albert Einstein The Evolution of Physics, Ideas and Opinions, The Origins of the General Theory of Relativity Albert Einstein was a German-born theoretical physicist. Einstein's work is also known for its influence on the philosophy of science. He developed the general theory of relativity, one of the ...more

Miklós Rózsa is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Authors from Hungary
Miklós Rózsa Double life Miklós Rózsa was a Hungarian composer trained in Germany, and active in France, England, and the United States, with extensive sojourns in Italy from 1953. Best known for his ...more

Georg Lukács is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Authors from Hungary
Georg Lukács History and class consciousness, The sociology of modern drama, Soul and form György Lukács was a Hungarian Marxist philosopher, aesthetician, literary historian, and critic. He was one of the founders of Western Marxism, an interpretive tradition that ...more

Fred Zinnemann is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Authors from Hungary
Fred Zinnemann My life in the movies Alfred "Fred" Zinnemann was an Austro-American film director. He won Academy Awards for directing films in many genres, including thrillers, westerns, film noir, and play adaptations. ...more

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Karl Freund is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Authors from Hungary
Karl Freund Shooting live television shows on film Karl W. Freund, A.S.C. was a cinematographer and film director best known for photographing Metropolis, Dracula, and television's I Love Lucy.

Ephraim Kishon is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Authors from Hungary
Ephraim Kishon Ideologie für den Hausgebrauch, Ma'arkhonim, The fox in the chicken-coop Ephraim Kishon was an Israeli author, dramatist, screenwriter, and Oscar-nominated film director. He was one of the most widely read contemporary satirists in the world.

Vicki Baum is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Authors from Hungary
Vicki Baum A Tale from Bali, Die Karriere der Doris Hart, Kopfloser Engel. Eine Liebe in Mexiko. Hedwig Baum was an Austrian writer. She is known for Menschen im Hotel, one of her first international successes.

Zsa Zsa Gábor is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Authors from Hungary
Zsa Zsa Gábor Zsa Zsa Gábor Zsa Zsa Gabor is a Hungarian-born American actress and socialite. Gabor began her stage career in Vienna and was crowned Miss Hungary in 1936. She emigrated to the United States in 1941 and ...more

Adolf Hitler is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Authors from Hungary
Adolf Hitler Mein Kampf, Hitler : Reden und Proklamationen^! 1932-1945, Zweites Buch Adolf Hitler was an Austrian-born German politician who was the leader of the Nazi Party. He was chancellor of Germany from 1933 to 1945 and Führer of Nazi Germany from 1934 to 1945. As ...more

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André De Toth is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Authors from Hungary
André De Toth De Toth on De Toth André de Toth was a Hungarian-American film director, born and raised in Makó, Csanád, Hungary in the Austro-Hungarian Empire. He directed the 3-D film House of Wax, despite ...more

Emeric Pressburger is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Authors from Hungary
Emeric Pressburger Killing a Mouse on Sunday Emeric Pressburger was a Hungarian British screenwriter, film director, and producer. He is best known for his series of film collaborations with Michael Powell, in a multiple-award-winning ...more

Baroness Emma Orczy is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Authors from Hungary
Baroness Emma Orczy The Scarlet Pimpernel, A Child of the Revolution, A Bride of the Plains Baroness Emma Magdolna Rozália Mária Jozefa Borbála "Emmuska" Orczy de Orci was a Hungarian-born British novelist, playwright and artist of noble origin. She is ...more

Frank Darabont is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Authors from Hungary
Frank Darabont Hellboy: Odder Jobs, Walpuski's Typewriter, The Shawshank Redemption: The Shooting Script (Newmarket Shooting Script Series) Frank Darabont is a Hungarian-American film director, screenwriter and producer who has been nominated for three Academy Awards and a Golden Globe Award. In his early career he was primarily a ...more

Georg Solti is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Authors from Hungary
Georg Solti Solti on Solti Sir Georg Solti, KBE was an orchestral and operatic conductor, best known for his appearances with opera companies in Munich, Frankfurt and London, and as a long-serving music director of the ...more

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Nikola Tesla is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Authors from Hungary
Nikola Tesla Colorado Springs Notes, 1899–1900, The Problem of Increasing Human Energy Nikola Tesla was a Serbian American inventor, electrical engineer, mechanical engineer, physicist, and futurist best known for his contributions to the design of the modern alternating current ...more

Manès Sperber is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Authors from Hungary
Manès Sperber Like a tear in the ocean, qu'une larme dans l'océan, Charlatan und seine Zeit Manès Sperber was an Austrian-French novelist, essayist and psychologist. He also wrote under the pseudonyms Jan Heger and N.A. Menlos.

Bruno Schulz is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Authors from Hungary
Bruno Schulz The Street of Crocodiles, Sanatorium Under the Sign of the Hourglass, Correspondance et essais critiques Bruno Schulz was a Polish writer, fine artist, literary critic and art teacher born to Jewish parents. He is regarded as one of the great Polish-language prose stylists of the 20th century. In ...more

Liviu Rebreanu is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Authors from Hungary
Liviu Rebreanu Ion, Both, Forest of the Hanged Liviu Rebreanu was a Romanian novelist, playwright, short story writer, and journalist.

George Pal is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Authors from Hungary
George Pal Time Machine II George Pal was a Hungarian animator and film producer, principally associated with the science fiction genre. He became an American citizen after emigrating from Europe. He was nominated for ...more

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Otto von Habsburg is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Authors from Hungary
Otto von Habsburg Charles V, Return to the center, Le nouveau défi européen Otto von Habsburg, also known by his royal name as Archduke Otto of Austria, was the last Crown Prince of Austria-Hungary from 1916 until the dissolution of the empire in 1918, a realm which ...more

Edward Teller is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Authors from Hungary
Edward Teller Memoirs: A Twentieth Century Journey in Science and Politics, The pursuit of simplicity, Better a shield than a sword Edward Teller was a Hungarian-born American theoretical physicist who, although he claimed he did not care for the title, is known colloquially as "the father of the hydrogen bomb". He ...more

Theodor Herzl is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Authors from Hungary
Theodor Herzl Der Judenstaat, The Old New Land, Theodor Herzl Theodor Herzl, born Benjamin Ze'ev Herzl was an Austro-Hungarian journalist, playwright, political activist, and writer. He was one of the fathers of modern political Zionism. Herzl formed the ...more

Thomas Szasz is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Authors from Hungary
Thomas Szasz The Myth of Mental Illness, The Ethics of Psychoanalysis, Liberation by Oppression: A Comparative Study of Slavery and Psychiatry Thomas Stephen Szasz was a psychiatrist and academic, a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, a member of the American Psychoanalytic Association, a professor of psychiatry at the ...more

Władysław Sikorski is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Authors from Hungary
Władysław Sikorski Modern warfare, O polską politykę państwową. Umowy i deklaracje z okresu pełnienia urzędu prezesa Rady Ministrów 18 XII 1922 – 26 V 1923, Polska i Francja w przeszłości i w dobie współczesnej Władysław Eugeniusz Sikorski was a Polish military and political leader. Prior to the First World War, he established and participated in several underground organizations that promoted the ...more

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Otto Wagner is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Authors from Hungary
Otto Wagner Die Kunst des Otto Wagner, Unbekannte Entwürfe, Skizzen und Pläne /cOtto Wagner Otto Koloman Wagner was an Austrian architect and urban planner, known for his lasting impact on the appearance of his home town Vienna, to which he contributed many landmarks.

György Konrád is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Authors from Hungary
György Konrád The Melancholy of Rebirth, Stonedial, The Case Worker György Konrád is a Hungarian novelist and essayist, known as an advocate of individual freedom.

Arthur Koestler is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Authors from Hungary
Arthur Koestler Darkness at Noon, Scum of the Earth, The Gladiators Arthur Koestler, CBE was a Hungarian-British author and journalist. Koestler was born in Budapest and, apart from his early school years, was educated in Austria. In 1931 Koestler joined the ...more

Jiří Brdečka is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Authors from Hungary
Jiří Brdečka Lemonade Joe Jiří Brdečka was a Czech writer, artist, and film director. Brdečka was born in Hranice na Moravě to a literary family; his father, Otakar Brdečka, wrote under the pseudonym Alfa. Brdečka ...more

Georg Trakl is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Authors from Hungary
Georg Trakl Offenbarung und Untergang. Die Prosadichtungen, Dark Seasons, Ich bin eine Welt. Cassette. Briefe und Gedichte Georg Trakl was an Austrian poet and brother of the pianist Grete Trakl. He is considered one of the most important Austrian Expressionists.

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Joe Eszterhas is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Authors from Hungary
Joe Eszterhas The Devil's Guide to Hollywood: The Screenwriter as God!, American Rhapsody, Hollywood animal József A. "Joe" Eszterhas is a Hungarian-American writer, offspring of the aristocratic House of Esterházy. He has worked on 16 films that have grossed approximately one ...more

Felix Salten is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Authors from Hungary
Felix Salten Bambi, a Life in the Woods, Josephine Mutzenbacher Felix Salten was an Austrian author and critic in Vienna. His most famous work is Bambi, a Life in the Woods.

Gina Kaus is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Authors from Hungary
Gina Kaus Les soeurs Kleh, Tomorrow we part, Und was für ein Leben Gina Kaus, née Regina Wiener was an Austrian-American novelist and screenwriter.

Josip Broz Tito is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Authors from Hungary
Josip Broz Tito Concluding speech of Josip Broz Tito, the General Secretary of the League of Communists of Yugoslavia, at the Second Plenary Session of the Central Committee of the League held in Beograd November 18 and 19 Josip Broz Tito was a Yugoslav revolutionary and statesman, serving in various roles from 1943 until his death in 1980. During World War II he was the leader of the Partisans, often regarded as ...more

Božena Němcová is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Authors from Hungary
Božena Němcová Granny, Country Politics, O dvanácti měsíčkách Božena Němcová was a Czech writer of the final phase of the Czech National Revival movement. Her image features on the 500 CZK denomination of the banknotes of the Czech koruna.

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Hermann Oberth is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Authors from Hungary
Hermann Oberth The Moon Car, Man Into Space, The Electric Spaceship Hermann Julius Oberth was an Austro-Hungarian-born German physicist and engineer. He is considered one of the founding fathers of rocketry and astronautics.

Lajos Bíró is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Authors from Hungary
Lajos Bíró Die zarin, Hotel Imperial Lajos Bíró was a Hungarian novelist, playwright, and screenwriter who wrote many films from the early 1920s through the late 1940s. He was born in Nagyvárad, Austria-Hungary ...more

Leopold Infeld is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Authors from Hungary
Leopold Infeld The Evolution of Physics, Quest, fourth dimension and relativity .. Leopold Infeld was a Polish physicist who worked mainly in Poland and Canada. He was a Rockefeller fellow at Cambridge University and a member of the Polish Academy of Sciences.

Melchior Lengyel is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Authors from Hungary
Melchior Lengyel Angyal, Die zarin, Hotel Imperial Melchior Lengyel was a Hungarian writer, dramatist, and film screenwriter.

Ágnes Heller is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Authors from Hungary
Ágnes Heller Instinkt^! Aggression^! Charakter, Die Auferstehung des jüdischen Jesus, From Yalta to glasnost Ágnes Heller is a Hungarian philosopher.

Julius Fučík is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Authors from Hungary
Julius Fučík Julius Fučík was a Czechoslovak journalist, an active member of Communist Party of Czechoslovakia, and part of the forefront of the anti-Nazi resistance. He was imprisoned, tortured, and ...more

Hans Székely is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Authors from Hungary
Hans Székely School of Drama, Temptation, Die Schönen Tage von Aranjuez János Székely was a Hungarian writer and screenwriter. His best-known work is the 1949 autobiographical novel Kísértés. He published some of his books under ...more

Sándor Márai is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Authors from Hungary
Sándor Márai Embers, Casanova in Bolzano, Memoir of Hungary^! 1944-48 Sándor Márai was a Hungarian writer and journalist.