Famous Writers from Hungary

List of famous writers from Hungary, listed alphabetically with photos when available. Hungary is home to many prolific writers, including those who write fiction, non-fiction, poetry, biographies and more. These are some of the best Hungarian writers that have ever lived, so if you're a native of Hungary and an aspiring writer then use this list as inspiration to achieve your own writing goals.

List writers range from Katalin Petényi to Péter Kuczka.

This list answers the questions, "Who are popular Hungarian writers?" and "Which writers are from Hungary?"

You can click on the names of these renowned writers of Hungary in order to get more information about each one. Some of these historic writers may no longer be living in Hungary, but they're all of Hungary descent.
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  • Franz Liszt
    Dec. at 74 (1811-1886)
    • Birthplace: Raiding, Austria, Austria
    • Nationality: Austrian Empire, Austria-Hungary, Kingdom of Hungary
    • Works: Die Ideale, Etüden für pianoforte zu zwei Händen, Liszt Society publications, Missa Choralis, 12éme rapsodie hongroise
    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
  • Arthur Koestler
    Dec. at 77 (1905-1983)
    • Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary
    • Nationality: France, Hungary, United Kingdom
    • Works: Darkness at Noon, The Gladiators, Arrow in the Blue, The Invisible Writing, The Sleepwalkers
    Arthur Koestler, (UK: , US: ; German: [ˈkœstlɐ]; Hungarian: Kösztler Artúr; 5 September 1905 – 1 March 1983) was a Hungarian British author and journalist. Koestler was born in Budapest and apart ...more
  • George Mikes
    Dec. at 75 (1912-1987)
    • Birthplace: Eurasia, Hungary, Siklós
    • Nationality: Hungary, United Kingdom
    • Works: How to Be a Brit, How To Be Decadent, The Land of the Rising Yen, Arthur Koestler: The Story of a Friendship, How to unite nations
    George Mikes (Hungarian pronunciation: [ˈmikɛʃ]; 15 February 1912 – 30 August 1987) was a Hungarian-born British journalist, humourist and writer, best known for his humorous commentaries on various ...more
  • Nicholas Kaldor
    Dec. at 78 (1908-1986)
    • Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary
    • Nationality: Hungary, United Kingdom
    • Works: India tax reform, Essays on economic policy, Causes Slow Rate Economic Growth, Further essays in applied economics, Expenditure Tax
    Nicholas Kaldor, Baron Kaldor (12 May 1908 – 30 September 1986), born Káldor Miklós, was a Cambridge economist in the post-war period. He developed the "compensation" criteria called Kaldor–Hicks ...more
    • Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, USA
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Works: Today I feel silly & other moods that make my day, Tell me again about the night I was born, Cuentame Otra Vez LA Noche Que Naci, When I was little, The Jamie Lee Curtis CD Audio Collection
    Jamie Lee Haden-Guest, Baroness Haden-Guest (née Curtis; born November 22, 1958) is an American actress, author, and activist. She made her film debut in 1978 as Laurie Strode in John Carpenter's ...more
  • Béla Bartók
    Dec. at 64 (1881-1945)
    • Birthplace: Sânnicolau Mare, Romania
    • Nationality: Hungary
    • Works: Prince Bluebeard's castle, Bluebeard's castle, The first term at the piano, Bartok - His Greatest, Letters
    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