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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.
  • Franz Liszt1

    Franz Liszt

    Dec. at 75 (1811-1886)

    BirthplaceRaiding, Austria, Austria

    NationalityAustrian Empire, Austria-Hungary, Kingdom of Hungary

    WorksDie 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...  more

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  • Arthur Koestler2

    Arthur Koestler

    Dec. at 78 (1905-1983)

    BirthplaceBudapest, Hungary

    NationalityFrance, Hungary, United Kingdom

    WorksDarkness 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...  more
  • George Mikes3

    George Mikes

    Dec. at 75 (1912-1987)

    BirthplaceSiklós, Hungary

    NationalityHungary, United Kingdom

    WorksHow 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...  more
  • Nicholas Kaldor4

    Nicholas Kaldor

    Dec. at 78 (1908-1986)

    BirthplaceBudapest, Hungary

    NationalityHungary, United Kingdom

    WorksIndia 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...  more
  • Jamie Lee Curtis5

    BirthplaceSanta Monica, California, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    WorksToday 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...  more

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  • Béla Bartók6

    Béla Bartók

    Dec. at 64 (1881-1945)

    BirthplaceSânnicolau Mare, Romania


    WorksPrince 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...  more
  • Goldie Hawn7

    BirthplaceWashington, D.C., United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    WorksA Lotus Grows in the Mud, Goldie

    Goldie Jeanne Hawn (born November 21, 1945) is an American actress, producer, and singer. She...  more

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  • Alexander Korda8

    Alexander Korda

    Dec. at 63 (1893-1956)

    BirthplaceTúrkeve, Hungary

    NationalityHungarian Soviet Republic, Hungarian Democratic Republic, United Kingdom, Austria-Hungary

    WorksTales of the Typewriter, The One Million Pound Note, Struggling Hearts, White Nights

    Sir Alexander Korda (; born Sándor László Kellner, 16 September 1893 – 23 January 1956) was a...  more
  • Peter Lorre9

    Peter Lorre

    Dec. at 60 (1904-1964)

    BirthplaceRužomberok, Slovakia

    NationalityUnited States of America, Austria-Hungary

    Peter Lorre (born László Löwenstein; 26 June 1904 – 23 March 1964) was a Hungarian-born...  more

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  • Elie Wiesel10

    BirthplaceSighetu Marmației, Romania

    NationalityUnited States of America, Romania

    WorksNight, The Night Trilogy, Zalmen or the Madness of God, Wise Men and Their Tales, The Jews of silence

    Eliezer Wiesel (, Hebrew: אֱלִיעֶזֶר וִיזֶל‎ ʾĔlîʿezer Vîzel; September 30, 1928 – July 2,...  more
  • Miklós Rózsa11

    Miklós Rózsa

    Dec. at 88 (1907-1995)

    BirthplaceEurasia, Hungary, Central Hungary, Budapest

    NationalityUnited States of America, Austria-Hungary

    WorksDouble life

    Miklós Rózsa (Hungarian: [ˈmikloːʃ ˈroːʒɒ]; 18 April 1907 – 27 July 1995) was a...  more
  • Zsa Zsa Gábor12

    BirthplaceBudapest, Hungary

    NationalityUnited States of America, Austria-Hungary

    WorksZsa Zsa Gábor

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

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    Emeric Pressburger

    Dec. at 86 (1902-1988)

    BirthplaceEurope, Eurasia, Miskolc, Hungary, Austria-Hungary

    NationalityHungary, United Kingdom

    WorksThe Red Shoes, A Matter of Life and Death, Black Narcissus, The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp, A Canterbury Tale

    Emeric Pressburger (5 December 1902 – 5 February 1988) was a Hungarian British screenwriter,...  more
  • Nikola Tesla14

    Nikola Tesla

    Dec. at 87 (1856-1943)

    BirthplaceSmiljan, Croatia

    NationalityAustrian Empire, United States of America, Austria-Hungary

    WorksThe Inventions, Researches, and Writings of Nikola Tesla, Colorado Springs Notes, 1899–1900

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

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  • George Pal15

    George Pal

    Dec. at 72 (1908-1980)

    BirthplaceEurasia, Cegléd, Hungary, Pest County

    NationalityUnited States of America, Hungary, Austria-Hungary

    WorksDoc Savage: The Man of Bronze, Time Machine II

    George Pal (born György Pál Marczincsak; Hungarian: [ˈmɒrt͡sint͡ʃɒk ˈɟørɟ ˈpɑːl] February 1,...  more
  • Georg Solti16

    Georg Solti

    Dec. at 85 (1912-1997)

    BirthplaceBudapest, Hungary

    NationalityHungary, United Kingdom

    WorksSolti on Solti

    Sir Georg Solti, (born György Stern; 21 October 1912 – 5 September 1997) was a Hungarian-born...  more
  • Frank Darabont17

    BirthplaceMontbéliard, France

    NationalityFrance, United States of America, Hungary

    WorksThe Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile, The Mist, A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors, The Blob

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

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  • Ephraim Kishon18

    Ephraim Kishon

    Dec. at 81 (1924-2005)

    BirthplaceEurasia, Hungary, Central Hungary, Budapest

    NationalityHungary, Israel

    WorksThe Fox in the Chicken Coop, Sallah, Blaumilch Canal, The Policeman, Ideologie für den Hausgebrauch

    Ephraim Kishon (Hebrew: אֶפְרַיִם קִישׁוֹן, August 23, 1924 – January 29, 2005) was an...  more
  • André De Toth19

    André De Toth

    Dec. at 90 (1912-2002)

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

    NationalityUnited States of America, Hungary

    WorksMorgan, the Pirate, Pitfall, Young Widow, Two Girls on the Street

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

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  • István Szabó20

    BirthplaceEurasia, Hungary, Central Hungary, Budapest


    WorksMephisto, Sunshine, Colonel Redl, The Door, Sweet Emma

    István Szabó (Hungarian: [ˈsɒboː ˈiʃtvaːn]; born 18 February 1938) is a Hungarian film...  more
  • Hermann Oberth21

    Hermann Oberth

    Dec. at 95 (1894-1989)

    BirthplaceSibiu, Romania

    NationalityHungary, Austria-Hungary, Germany, Romania

    WorksWoman in the Moon, The Moon Car, Man Into Space, The Electric Spaceship, Primer for Those Who Would Govern

    Hermann Julius Oberth (German: [ˈhɛrman ˈjuːli̯ʊs ˈoːbɛrt]; 25 June 1894 – 28 December 1989)...  more
  • Joe Eszterhas22

    BirthplaceCsákánydoroszló, Hungary

    NationalityUnited States of America, Hungary

    WorksBasic Instinct, Showgirls, Flashdance, Sliver, Jagged Edge

    Joe Eszterhas (; Hungarian: [ˈjoːʒɛf ˈɛstɛrhaːʃ]; born November 23, 1944) is a...  more
  • Ferenc Molnár23

    Ferenc Molnár

    Dec. at 74 (1878-1952)

    BirthplaceBudapest, Hungary

    NationalityUnited States of America, Austria-Hungary

    WorksTales of Manhattan, Golddigger, Csendélet, Das Lamm, Der Pelz

    Ferenc Molnár (US: FERR-ents MOHL-nar, -⁠ənts -⁠, -⁠ MAWL-, Hungarian: [ˈfɛrɛnt͡s ˈmolnaːr];...  more
  • Georg Lukács24

    Georg Lukács

    Dec. at 86 (1885-1971)

    BirthplaceBudapest, Hungary


    WorksMarxism and human liberation, Intimna drama, Lukaqi wen xue lun wen ji, Marx's basic ontological principles, Pensée vécue

    György Lukács (also Georg Lukács; born György Bernát Löwinger; 13 April 1885 – 4 June 1971)...  more
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    Ivan Tors

    Dec. at 67 (1916-1983)

    BirthplaceBudapest, Hungary


    WorksIn the Good Old Summertime, That Forsyte Woman, Gog, Watch the Birdie, The Glass Wall

    Ivan Tors (born Iván Törzs; June 12, 1916 in Budapest, Hungary) was a Hungarian playwright,...  more