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Famous Writers from Hungary

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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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Writers from Hungary
Dec. at 75 (1811-1886)
Franz Liszt is a film score composer.
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Arthur Koestler is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Writers from Hungary
Dec. at 78 (1905-1983)
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
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George Mikes is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Writers from Hungary
Dec. at 75 (1912-1987)
George Mikes was a Hungarian-born British author best known for his humorous commentaries on various countries.
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Nicholas Kaldor is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Writers from Hungary
Dec. at 78 (1908-1986)
Nicholas Kaldor, Baron Kaldor was a Cambridge economist in the post-war period. He developed the "compensation" criteria called Kaldor–Hicks efficiency for welfare comparisons, derived ...more
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Jamie Lee Curtis is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Writers from Hungary
age 61
Jamie Lee Curtis, Lady Haden-Guest is an American actress and author. She made her film debut in 1978 by starring as Laurie Strode in John Carpenter's Halloween. A big hit, the film established ...more
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Béla Bartók is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Writers from Hungary
Dec. at 64 (1881-1945)
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
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Goldie Hawn is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Writers from Hungary
age 74
Goldie Jeanne Hawn is an American actress, film director, producer, and occasional singer. Hawn is known for her roles in television's Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In and films such as The ...more
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Alexander Korda is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Writers from Hungary
Dec. at 63 (1893-1956)
Sir Alexander Korda was a Hungarian-born British film producer and director. He worked in Hollywood the first time during the transition to "talkies", from 1926 to 1930. The change led ...more
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Peter Lorre is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Writers from Hungary
Dec. at 60 (1904-1964)
Peter Lorre was a Hungarian actor. Born László Loewenstein in Austria-Hungary he began his stage career in Vienna, then moved to Germany and had his breakthrough, first on the ...more
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Elie Wiesel is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Writers from Hungary
age 91
Eliezer "Elie" Wiesel KBE is a Jewish-American professor and political activist. He is the author of 57 books, including Night, a work based on his experiences as a prisoner in the ...more
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Miklós Rózsa is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Writers from Hungary
Dec. at 88 (1907-1995)
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
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Zsa Zsa Gábor is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Writers from Hungary
age 102
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
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Emeric Pressburger is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Writers from Hungary
Dec. at 86 (1902-1988)
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
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Nikola Tesla is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Writers from Hungary
Dec. at 87 (1856-1943)
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
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George Pal is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Writers from Hungary
Dec. at 72 (1908-1980)
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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Georg Solti is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Writers from Hungary
Dec. at 85 (1912-1997)
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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Frank Darabont is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Writers from Hungary
age 60
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
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Ephraim Kishon is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Writers from Hungary
Dec. at 81 (1924-2005)
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.
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André De Toth is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Writers from Hungary
Dec. at 90 (1912-2002)
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
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István Szabó is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Writers from Hungary
age 81
István Szabó is a Hungarian film director, screenwriter, and opera director. Szabó is the most internationally famous Hungarian filmmaker since the late 1960s. Working in ...more
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Hermann Oberth is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Writers from Hungary
Dec. at 95 (1894-1989)
Hermann Julius Oberth was an Austro-Hungarian-born German physicist and engineer. He is considered one of the founding fathers of rocketry and astronautics.
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Joe Eszterhas is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Writers from Hungary
age 75
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
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Ferenc Molnár is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Writers from Hungary
Dec. at 74 (1878-1952)
Ferenc Molnár was a Hungarian-born dramatist and novelist who adopted American citizenship. Molnár was born in Budapest. He emigrated to the United States to escape persecution of ...more
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Georg Lukács is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Writers from Hungary
Dec. at 86 (1885-1971)
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
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Ivan Tors is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Writers from Hungary
Dec. at 67 (1916-1983)
Ivan Tors was a Hungarian playwright, film director, screenwriter, and film and television producer with an emphasis on non-violent but exciting science fiction, underwater filmed television and ...more