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Famous Playwrights from Hungary

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List of notable or famous playwrights from Hungary, with bios and photos, including the top playwrights born in Hungary and even some popular playwrights who immigrated to Hungary. If you're trying to find out the names of famous Hungarian playwrights then this list is the perfect resource for you. These playwrights are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known playwright from Hungary is included when available.

People here include everything from George Tabori to Theodor Herzl.

This historic playwrights from Hungary list can help answer the questions "Who are some Hungarian playwrights of note?" and "Who are the most famous playwrights from Hungary?" These prominent playwrights of Hungary may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected Hungarian playwrights.

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    András Fáy (Slovak: Andrej Fáy; 30 May 1786 – 26 July 1864) was a Hungarian author, lawyer, politician and businessman....  more
    • Age: Dec. at 78 (1786-1864)
    • Birthplace: Sečovce, Slovakia
  • Ernest Vajda (born Ernő Vajda; 27 May 1886 in Komárno, Austria-Hungary, today Slovakia – 3 April 1954 in Woodland Hills, California) was a Hungarian actor, playwright and novelist, but is more famous today for his screenplays. He co-wrote the screenplay for the film Smilin' Through (1932), based on the hit play by Jane Cowl and Jane Murfin. Vajda also wrote the screenplay for the first film version of Rudolph Besier's The Barretts of Wimpole Street (1934)....  more
    • Age: Dec. at 68 (1886-1954)
    • Birthplace: Komárno, Slovakia
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    Ferenc Herczeg (born Franz Herzog, 22 September 1863 in Versec, Kingdom of Hungary, Austrian Empire – 24 February 1954 in Budapest, Hungary) was a Hungarian playwright and author who promoted conservative nationalist opinion in his country. He was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature three times....  more
    • Age: Dec. at 91 (1863-1954)
    • Birthplace: Vršac, Serbia
  • Frigyes Karinthy (Hungarian: [ˈfriɟɛʃ ˈkɒrinti]; 25 June 1887 – 29 August 1938) was a Hungarian author, playwright, poet, journalist, and translator. He was the first proponent of the six degrees of separation concept, in his 1929 short story, Chains (Láncszemek). Karinthy remains one of the most popular Hungarian writers. He was the father of poet Gábor Karinthy and writer Ferenc Karinthy. Among the English translations of Karinthy's works are two science fiction novellas that continue the adventures of Swift's character Gulliver. Voyage to Faremido is an early examination of artificial intelligence, with a pacifist theme, while Capillaria is a polished and darkly humorous satire on the...  more
    • Age: Dec. at 51 (1887-1938)
    • Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary