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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
Karl Freund is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Authors from Hungary
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
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
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 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
Mein Kampf, Hitler : Reden und Proklamationen, 1932-1945
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
André De Toth is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Authors from Hungary
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
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
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
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
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
Nikola Tesla is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Authors from Hungary
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
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
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