Famous Hungarian Writers

Find out more about the greatest Hungarian Writers, including Arthur Koestler, Thomas Szasz, George Friedman, Karl Polanyi and Hannah Szenes.

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 1 Karl Polanyi

Karl Polanyi.
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Famous As: Economist, Anthropologist, Economic historian, Historian, Journalist, Philosopher, Writer, University teacher, Sociologist
Birthdate: October 25, 1886
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Vienna
Died: April 23, 1964

 2 Thomas Szasz

Thomas Szasz.
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Famous As: Psychiatrist
Birthdate: April 15, 1920
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary
Died: September 8, 2012
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 3 George Friedman

George Friedman.
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Famous As: Political Scientist
Birthdate: February 1, 1949
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary

 4 Laszlo Krasznahorkai

Laszlo Krasznahorkai.
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: January 5, 1954
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Gyula, Békés County, Hungary

 5 Hannah Szenes

Hannah Szenes.
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Famous As: Writer, Poet
Birthdate: July 17, 1921
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Budapest
Died: November 7, 1944

 6 Kati Marton

Kati Marton
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: April 3, 1949
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary

 7 Sándor Petőfi

Sándor Petőfi
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Famous As: Poet, revolutionary
Birthdate: January 1, 1823
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Kiskőrös
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 8 Geza Rohrig

Geza Rohrig
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: May 11, 1967
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary

 9 Imre Kertész

Imre Kertész
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: November 9, 1929
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary
Died: March 31, 2016

 10 László Nemes

László Nemes
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Famous As: Film Director
Birthdate: February 18, 1977
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary

 11 Ferenc Molnár

Ferenc Molnár
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: January 12, 1878
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary
Died: April 1, 1952

 12 Sándor Márai

Sándor Márai
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: April 11, 1900
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Košice, Slovakia
Died: February 21, 1989

 13 József Mindszenty

József Mindszenty
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Famous As: Catholic priest
Birthdate: March 29, 1892
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Csehimindszent
Died: May 6, 1975

 14 Olga Lengyel

Olga Lengyel
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: October 19, 1908
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Transylvania
Died: April 15, 2001

 15 John Lukacs

John Lukacs
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Famous As: Historian
Birthdate: January 31, 1924
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary
Died: May 6, 2019

 16 Sándor Ferenczi

Sándor Ferenczi
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Famous As: Psychanalyst, Psychiatrist, Non-fiction writer, Neurologist
Birthdate: July 7, 1873
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Miskolc
Died: May 22, 1933

 17 Max Nordau

Max Nordau
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Famous As: Sociologist, Physician, Journalist, Writer
Birthdate: July 29, 1849
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Pest
Died: January 22, 1923

 18 Attila József

Attila József
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: April 11, 1905
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: District IX., Budapest, Hungary
Died: December 3, 1937

 19 Frigyes Karinthy

Frigyes Karinthy
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: June 25, 1887
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary
Died: August 29, 1938

 20 Magda Szabó

Magda Szabó
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: October 5, 1917
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Debrecen, Hungary
Died: November 19, 2007

 21 Endre Ady

Endre Ady.
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: November 22, 1877
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Căuaș
Died: January 27, 1919

Endre Ady was a Hungarian poet and journalist. Widely regarded as the 20th century's greatest Hungarian poet, Ady is credited with introducing a new, modern style of poetry, breaking away from the folksy style of Sándor Petőfi, which was widely followed by Hungarian poets at that time. In 1947, a postage stamp featuring Ady's likeness was issued by Hungary. 

 22 Wolfgang von Kempelen

Wolfgang von Kempelen
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Famous As: Engineer, Writer, Painter, Playwright, Chess player, Architect
Birthdate: January 23, 1734
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Bratislava
Died: March 26, 1804

 23 Ephraim Kishon

Ephraim Kishon
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: August 23, 1924
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary
Died: January 29, 2005

 24 Arpad Goncz

Arpad Goncz
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: February 10, 1922
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary
Died: October 6, 2015

 25 Janos Arany

Janos Arany
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: March 2, 1817
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Salonta, Romania
Died: October 22, 1882

 26 Miklos Radnoti

Miklos Radnoti
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: May 5, 1909
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Budapest, Austria-Hungary
Died: October 31, 1944

 27 Zsuzsanna Budapest

Zsuzsanna Budapest
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: January 30, 1940
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary

 28 Béla Balázs

Béla Balázs
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Famous As: Film critic
Birthdate: August 4, 1884
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Szeged, Hungary
Died: May 17, 1949

 29 Martin Julius Esslin

Martin Julius Esslin
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Famous As: Dramatist
Birthdate: June 6, 1918
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary
Died: February 24, 2002

 30 Miklos Laszlo

Miklos Laszlo
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Famous As: Playwright
Birthdate: May 20, 1903
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary
Died: April 19, 1973

 31 Mór Jókai

Mór Jókai
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: February 18, 1825
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Komarom, Hungary
Died: May 5, 1904

 32 Dezső Kosztolányi

Dezső Kosztolányi
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Famous As: Hungarian author
Birthdate: March 29, 1885
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Subotica, Serbia
Died: November 3, 1936

 33 Péter Nádas

Péter Nádas
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: October 14, 1942
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary

 34 Mihály Vörösmarty

Mihály Vörösmarty
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: December 1, 1800
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Kápolnásnyék, Hungary
Died: November 19, 1855

 35 Gyorgy Balint

Gyorgy Balint
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Famous As: Horticulturist
Birthdate: July 28, 1919
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Gyöngyös, Hungary
Died: June 21, 2020

 36 Gyorgy Sandor

Gyorgy Sandor
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: September 21, 1912
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary
Died: December 12, 2005

 37 Zsigmond Móricz

Zsigmond Móricz
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: June 29, 1879
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Tiszacsécse, Hungary
Died: September 4, 1942

 38 Károly Eötvös

Károly Eötvös
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Famous As: Hungarian writer, lawyer, and politician
Birthdate: March 11, 1842
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Mezőszentgyörgy, Hungary
Died: April 13, 1916

 39 Ferenc Kölcsey

Ferenc Kölcsey
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: August 8, 1790
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Sauca, Romania
Died: August 24, 1838

 40 Ferenc Kazinczy

Ferenc Kazinczy
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Famous As: Linguist, Writer, Playwright, Poet
Birthdate: October 27, 1759
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Șimian
Died: August 23, 1831

 41 Mihály Babits

Mihály Babits
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: November 26, 1883
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Szekszárd, Hungary
Died: August 4, 1941

 42 Bálint Balassi

Bálint Balassi
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: October 20, 1554
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Zólyom, Hungary
Died: May 30, 1594

 43 Kálmán Mikszáth

Kálmán Mikszáth
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: January 16, 1847
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Sklabiná, Slovakia
Died: May 28, 1910

 44 Sándor Weöres

Sándor Weöres
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: June 22, 1913
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Szombathely, Hungary
Died: January 22, 1989

 45 József Eötvös

József Eötvös
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: September 3, 1813
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Buda, Hungary
Died: February 2, 1871

 46 Imre Madách

Imre Madách
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: January 20, 1823
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Dolná Strehová, Slovakia, Kingdom of Hungary
Died: October 5, 1864

 47 Gyula Illyés

Gyula Illyés
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: November 2, 1902
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Felsőrácegres, Pálfa, Hungary
Died: April 15, 1983

 48 Lajos Kassák

Lajos Kassák
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: March 21, 1887
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Nové Zámky, Hungary
Died: July 22, 1967

 49 Ladislas Farago

Ladislas Farago
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Famous As: Historian
Birthdate: September 21, 1906
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Csurgó, Hungary
Died: October 15, 1980

 50 Mihály Csokonai Vitéz

Mihály Csokonai Vitéz
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: November 17, 1773
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Debrecen, Hungary
Died: January 28, 1805