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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
Franz Liszt Died 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
Arthur Koestler Died 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
George Mikes Died 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
Nicholas Kaldor Died 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
Jamie Lee Curtis age 60 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
Béla Bartók Died 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
Goldie Hawn age 73 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
Alexander Korda Died 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
Peter Lorre Died 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
Elie Wiesel age 90 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
Miklós Rózsa Died 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
Zsa Zsa Gábor age 101 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
Emeric Pressburger Died 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
Nikola Tesla Died 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
George Pal Died 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
Georg Solti Died 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
Frank Darabont age 59 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
Ephraim Kishon Died 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
André De Toth Died 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
István Szabó age 80 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
Hermann Oberth Died 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
Joe Eszterhas age 74 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
Ferenc Molnár Died 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
Georg Lukács Died 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
Ivan Tors Died 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

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Henry Lehrman is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Writers from Hungary
Henry Lehrman Died at 60 (1886-1946) Henry Lehrman was an American actor, screenwriter, director and producer.

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Otto von Habsburg is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Writers from Hungary
Otto von Habsburg Died at 99 (1912-2011) Otto von Habsburg, also known by his royal name as Archduke Otto of Austria, was the last Crown Prince of Austria-Hungary from 1916 until the dissolution of the empire in 1918, a realm which ...more

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Theodor Herzl is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Writers from Hungary
Theodor Herzl Died at 44 (1860-1904) Theodor Herzl, born Benjamin Ze'ev Herzl was an Austro-Hungarian journalist, playwright, political activist, and writer. He was one of the fathers of modern political Zionism. Herzl formed the ...more

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Miklós Jancsó is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Writers from Hungary
Miklós Jancsó Died at 93 (1921-2014) Miklós Jancsó was a Hungarian film director and screenwriter. Jancsó achieved international prominence from the mid-1960s onwards, with works including The Round Up, The Red ...more

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Paul Czinner is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Writers from Hungary
Paul Czinner Died at 82 (1890-1972) Paul Czinner was a writer, film director, and producer. Czinner was born in Budapest, Austria-Hungary. After studying literature and philosophy at the University of Vienna, he worked as a ...more

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Edward Teller is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Writers from Hungary
Edward Teller Died at 95 (1908-2003) Edward Teller was a Hungarian-born American theoretical physicist who, although he claimed he did not care for the title, is known colloquially as "the father of the hydrogen bomb". He ...more

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Ágnes Heller is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Writers from Hungary
Ágnes Heller age 89 Ágnes Heller is a Hungarian philosopher.

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Felix Salten is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Writers from Hungary
Felix Salten Died at 76 (1869-1945) Felix Salten was an Austrian author and critic in Vienna. His most famous work is Bambi, a Life in the Woods.

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John Alton is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Writers from Hungary
John Alton Died at 95 (1901-1996) John Alton A.S.C., born Johann Jacob Altmann, in Sopron/Ödenburg, Kingdom of Hungary, Austria-Hungary, was an American cinematographer. Alton won an Academy Award for the cinematography of ...more

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Baroness Emma Orczy is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Writers from Hungary
Baroness Emma Orczy Died at 82 (1865-1947) 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

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George Tabori is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Writers from Hungary
George Tabori Died at 93 (1914-2007) George Tabori was a Hungarian writer and theater director.

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Gábor Csupó is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Writers from Hungary
Gábor Csupó age 66 Gábor Csupó is a Hungarian-born animator, writer, film director and music producer. He is co-founder of the animation studio Klasky Csupo, which has produced shows like Rugrats, ...more

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George Soros is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Writers from Hungary
George Soros age 88 George Soros is a Hungarian-born American business magnate, investor, and philanthropist. He is the chairman of Soros Fund Management. He is known as "The Man Who Broke the Bank of ...more

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Géza von Bolváry is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Writers from Hungary
Géza von Bolváry Died at 64 (1897-1961) Géza von Bolváry was a Hungarian actor, screenwriter and film director, who worked principally in Germany and Austria.

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Ignaz Semmelweis is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Writers from Hungary
Ignaz Semmelweis Died at 47 (1818-1865) Ignaz Philipp Semmelweis was a Hungarian physician of German extraction now known as an early pioneer of antiseptic procedures. Described as the "savior of mothers", Semmelweis ...more

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Márta Mészáros is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Writers from Hungary
Márta Mészáros age 87 Márta Mészáros is a Hungarian screenwriter and film director. Daughter of László Mészáros, a sculptor, Mészáros began her career ...more

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Béla Tarr is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Writers from Hungary
Béla Tarr age 63 Béla Tarr is a Hungarian film director.

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Harry Houdini is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Writers from Hungary
Harry Houdini Died at 52 (1874-1926) Harry Houdini was a Hungarian-American illusionist and stunt performer, noted for his sensational escape acts. He first attracted notice in vaudeville in the US and then as "Harry Handcuff ...more

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Teddy Kollek is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Writers from Hungary
Teddy Kollek Died at 96 (1911-2007) Theodor "Teddy" Kollek was an Israeli who served as the mayor of Jerusalem from 1965 to 1993, and founder of the Jerusalem Foundation. Kollek was re-elected five times, in 1969, 1973, ...more

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János Mattis-Teutsch is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Writers from Hungary
János Mattis-Teutsch Died at 76 (1884-1960) János Mattis-Teutsch or Máttis-Teutsch, Mátis-Teutsch was a Hungarian and Romanian painter, sculptor, graphic artist, art critic, and poet. Best known for his Seelenblumen ...more

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Zoltan Korda is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Writers from Hungary
Zoltan Korda Died at 66 (1895-1961) Zoltan Korda was a Hungarian-born motion picture screenwriter, director and producer. He made his first film in Hungary in 1918, and worked with his brother Alexander Korda on filmmaking there ...more

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George Kaczender is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Writers from Hungary
George Kaczender age 85 George Kaczender is an Hungarian-born Canadian film director. He directed 26 films between 1963 and 2001.

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Eugene Wigner is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Writers from Hungary
Eugene Wigner Died at 93 (1902-1995) Eugene Paul "E. P." Wigner, was a Hungarian American theoretical physicist and mathematician. He received a share of the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1963 "for his contributions to ...more

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Ödön von Horváth is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Writers from Hungary
Ödön von Horváth Died at 37 (1901-1938) Edmund Josef von Horváth was a German-writing Austro-Hungarian-born playwright and novelist. He preferred the Hungarian version of his first name and published as Ödön von

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Franz Joseph I of Austria is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Writers from Hungary
Franz Joseph I of Austria Died at 86 (1830-1916) Franz Joseph I or Francis Joseph I was Emperor of Austria and Apostolic King of Hungary from 1848 until his death in 1916. From 1 May 1850 until 24 August 1866 he was President of the German ...more