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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 Kafka1

    Franz Kafka

    The Metamorphosis, The Trial

    BirthplacePrague, Czech Republic

    Birthdate1883-07-03

    NationalityCzechoslovakia, Austria-Hungary

    Franz Kafka (3 July 1883 – 3 June 1924) was a German-speaking Bohemian novelist and...  more

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  • Max Fleischer2

    Max Fleischer

    Betty Boop's Sunday best

    BirthplaceKraków, Poland

    Birthdate1883-07-19

    NationalityUnited States of America, Austria-Hungary

    Max Fleischer (born Majer Fleischer ; July 19, 1883 – September 25, 1972) was a...  more
  • János Pilinszky3

    János Pilinszky

    Conversations with Sheryl Sutton, The desert of love

    BirthplaceBudapest, Hungary

    Birthdate1921-11-27

    NationalityHungary, Kingdom of Hungary

    János Pilinszky (25 November 1921 in Budapest – 27 May 1981 in Budapest) was one of the...  more
  • Franz Liszt4

    Franz Liszt

    Prométhéus, Festklänge

    BirthplaceRaiding, Austria, Austria

    Birthdate1811-10-22

    NationalityAustrian Empire, Austria-Hungary, Kingdom of Hungary

    Franz Liszt (German: [ˈlɪst]; Hungarian: Liszt Ferencz, in modern usage Liszt Ferenc [ˈlist...  more

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    #135 of 1,891 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time#20 of 368 The Best Classical Composers

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    Isaac Klein

    A guide to Jewish religious practice, ʻEt la-ledet ṿe-ʻet la-mut

    BirthplaceHungary

    Birthdate1905-09-05

    NationalityHungary

    Isaac Klein was a prominent rabbi and halakhic authority within Conservative Judaism....  more
  • Béla Bartók6

    Béla Bartók

    The first term at the piano, Letters

    BirthplaceSânnicolau Mare, Romania

    Birthdate1881-03-25

    NationalityHungary

    Béla Viktor János Bartók (; Hungarian: Bartók Béla, pronounced [ˈbɒrtoːk ˈbeːlɒ]; 25 March...  more
  • Christa Winsloe7

    Christa Winsloe

    Gestern und heute, Girls in uniform

    BirthplaceDarmstadt, Hesse, Eurasia, Darmstadt, Germany

    Birthdate1888

    NationalityHungary

    Christa Winsloe (23 December 1888 – 10 June 1944), formerly Baroness Christa Hatvany de...  more
  • Billy Wilder8

    Billy Wilder

    Billy Wilder in Hollywood, Der Prinz of Wales geht auf Urlaub

    BirthplaceEurope, Poland, Lesser Poland Voivodeship, Central Europe, Sucha County

    Birthdate1906-06-22

    NationalityUnited States of America, Austria-Hungary

    Billy Wilder (; German: [ˈvɪldɐ]; born Samuel Wilder, June 22, 1906 – March 27, 2002) was an...  more

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    #294 of 583 The Greatest Entertainers of All Time#6 of 120 The Best Comedy Directors in Film History

  • Albert Einstein9

    Albert Einstein

    The Evolution of Physics, Ideas and Opinions

    BirthplaceUlm, Germany

    Birthdate1879-03-14

    NationalityWeimar Republic, Switzerland, German Empire, United States of America, Austria-Hungary

    Series WrittenThe Collected Papers of Albert Einstein

    Albert Einstein ( EYEN-styne; German: [ˈalbɛɐ̯t ˈʔaɪnʃtaɪn] (listen); 14 March 1879 – 18 April...  more

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  • Miklós Rózsa10

    Miklós Rózsa

    Double life

    BirthplaceEurasia, Hungary, Central Hungary, Budapest

    Birthdate1907

    NationalityUnited States of America, Austria-Hungary

    Miklós Rózsa (Hungarian: [ˈmikloːʃ ˈroːʒɒ]; 18 April 1907 – 27 July 1995) was a...  more
  • Georg Lukács11

    Georg Lukács

    History and class consciousness, The sociology of modern drama

    BirthplaceBudapest, Hungary

    Birthdate1885-04-13

    NationalityHungary

    György Lukács (also Georg Lukács; born György Bernát Löwinger; 13 April 1885 – 4 June 1971)...  more
  • Fred Zinnemann12

    Fred Zinnemann

    My life in the movies

    BirthplaceEurope, Austria, Vienna, Central Europe

    Birthdate1907

    NationalityUnited States of America, Austria-Hungary

    Alfred Zinnemann (April 29, 1907 – March 14, 1997) was an Austrian-born American film...  more
  • Karl Freund13

    Karl Freund

    Shooting live television shows on film

    BirthplaceEurope, Dvůr Králové nad Labem, Trutnov District, Czech Republic, Central Europe

    Birthdate1890

    NationalityUnited States of America, Austria-Hungary

    Karl W. Freund, A.S.C. (January 16, 1890 – May 3, 1969) was a German cinematographer and film...  more
  • Ephraim Kishon14

    Ephraim Kishon

    Ideologie für den Hausgebrauch, Ma'arkhonim

    BirthplaceEurasia, Hungary, Central Hungary, Budapest

    Birthdate1924-08-23

    NationalityHungary, Israel

    Ephraim Kishon (Hebrew: אֶפְרַיִם קִישׁוֹן, August 23, 1924 – January 29, 2005) was an...  more
  • Vicki Baum15

    Vicki Baum

    A Tale from Bali, Die Karriere der Doris Hart

    BirthplaceEurope, Austria, Vienna, Central Europe

    Birthdate1888

    NationalityAustria, United States of America, Austria-Hungary

    Hedwig "Vicki" Baum (; Hebrew: ויקי באום‎; January 24, 1888 – August 29, 1960) was an Austrian...  more
  • Zsa Zsa Gábor16

    Zsa Zsa Gábor

    Zsa Zsa Gábor

    BirthplaceBudapest, Hungary

    Birthdate1917-02-06

    NationalityUnited States of America, Austria-Hungary

    Zsa Zsa Gabor ( ZHAH-zhah GAH-bor, -⁠ gə-BOR, Hungarian: [ˈʒɒʒɒ ˈɡaːbor]; born Sári Gábor...  more

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  • Adolf Hitler17

    Adolf Hitler

    Mein Kampf, Hitler : Reden und Proklamationen

    BirthplaceBraunau am Inn, Austria

    Birthdate1889-04-20

    NationalityGermany,Austria

    Adolf Hitler (German: [ˈadɔlf ˈhɪtlɐ] (listen); 20 April 1889 – 30 April 1945) was a German...  more

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  • André De Toth18

    André De Toth

    De Toth on De Toth

    BirthplaceCsongrád County, Southern Great Plain, Eurasia, Makó, Csongrád

    Birthdate1912

    NationalityUnited States of America, Hungary

    Endre Antal Miksa DeToth, better known as Andre DeToth (May 15, 1913–October 27, 2002), was a...  more

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    #24 of 29 Celebrities Who You Never Knew Were Partially Blind#4 of 216 Famous People Buried at Forest Lawn Memorial Park

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    Emeric Pressburger

    Killing a Mouse on Sunday

    BirthplaceEurope, Eurasia, Miskolc, Hungary, Austria-Hungary

    Birthdate1902-12-05

    NationalityHungary, United Kingdom

    Emeric Pressburger (5 December 1902 – 5 February 1988) was a Hungarian British screenwriter,...  more
  • Baroness Emma Orczy20

    Baroness Emma Orczy

    The Scarlet Pimpernel, A Child of the Revolution

    BirthplaceHeves County, Hungary

    Birthdate1865

    NationalityHungary, United Kingdom, England

    Baroness Emma Magdolna Rozália Mária Jozefa Borbála "Emmuska" Orczy de Orci (; 23 September...  more
  • Frank Darabont21

    Frank Darabont

    Hellboy: Odder Jobs, Walpuski's Typewriter

    BirthplaceMontbéliard, France

    Birthdate1959-01-28

    NationalityFrance, United States of America, Hungary

    Frank Árpád Darabont (born Ferenc Árpád Darabont, January 28, 1959) is a French-born...  more

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  • Georg Solti22

    Georg Solti

    Solti on Solti

    BirthplaceBudapest, Hungary

    Birthdate1912

    NationalityHungary, United Kingdom

    Sir Georg Solti, (born György Stern; 21 October 1912 – 5 September 1997) was a Hungarian-born...  more
  • Nikola Tesla23

    Nikola Tesla

    Colorado Springs Notes, 1899–1900

    BirthplaceSmiljan, Croatia

    Birthdate1856-07-10

    NationalityAustrian Empire, United States of America, Austria-Hungary

    Nikola Tesla was a Serbian American inventor, electrical engineer, mechanical engineer,...  more

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  • Manès Sperber24

    Manès Sperber

    Like a tear in the ocean, qu'une larme dans l'océan

    BirthplaceUkraine, Eurasia, Zabolotiv

    Birthdate1905

    NationalityAustria-Hungary

    Manès Sperber (12 December 1905 – 5 February 1984) was an Austrian-French novelist, essayist...  more
  • Bruno Schulz25

    Bruno Schulz

    The Street of Crocodiles, Sanatorium Under the Sign of the Hourglass

    BirthplaceDrohobych, Ukraine

    Birthdate1892

    NationalityPoland, Austria-Hungary

    Bruno Schulz (July 12, 1892 – November 19, 1942) was a Polish Jewish writer, fine artist,...  more