He was one of the most important Hungarian poets of the 20th century, one of the greats of Hungarian political journalism. His articles about culture and literature prompted development and progress. Themes of his poetry cover all aspects of humanity. He was a patriot and a reformer, Hungarian and European. His poems about love for his homeland are just as important expressions of human life as those he wrote about freedom, equality, faith or transiency.
writer of the 20th century
She was indisputably Hungary's foremost woman novelist. She also wrote dramas, essays, studies, memories and poetry. She started her carrier with teaching in the local Reformed girls’ secondary grammar school. She started writing poems and was nominated for Baumgarten prize in 1949, which she received but the decision was annulled only a few hours later. After this incident she altogether stopped writing poetry. Ten years later her first novels appeared. She wrote many novels which were translated into several languages. She received several literature prizes, and was awarded a number of Hungarian state honors as well.
poet, revolutionist, national hero of the 19th century
He was one of the most well-known people in the history of Hungarian poetry. He wrote almost a thousand poems during his short life, of which approximately 850 have survived. Considered Hungary's national poet, he was one of the key figures of the Hungarian Revolution in 1848. He is the author of the Nemzeti dal (National Anthem), which is said to have inspired the revolution in the Kingdom of Hungary that grew into a war for independence from the Austrian Empire.
20th-21st century author and literary translator
His best- known work, The White King (2005) has been translated to at least 28 languages. He studied in Budapest getting his degree in English and Philosophy. He has received various literary awards for his writings, such as the Sándor Bródy Prize (2003), Jan Michalski Prize for Literature (2011) for The White King which received very favorable reviews from many influential newspapers, such as The New York Times.
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author of Berry & Dolly animated series
She is the mother of Anna, Pete and Greg series for which she received a readers’ award '50 books from 10 years' in 2010 and she also won Best Short Film Award at Jiangyin Children’s Film Festival for The Berry and Dolly written and illustrated by herself personally and animated series produced by Kedd Animation Studio, The series were created under the direction of Oscar-nominated director Geza M. Toth (Maestro, Mama, Ergo) . The series were published in Czech Republic, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Turkey and China.
journalist and writer of the 20th-21st century
After spending 6 years in Austrian refugee camps, he arrived in America in 1950. He started his career as a journalist, working for Cleveland’s The Plain Dealer and later as editor for Rolling Stone. He has worked on 16 films that have grossed approximately one billion dollars, including Basic Instinct and Showgirls. He has also written several non-fiction books, including an autobiography entitled Hollywood Animal.
writer, poet and journalist of the 20th century
Márai has the strangest path of all Hungarian-born writers of the 20th century. He was among the most well-known and famous writers of his era in the 1930s. Then, when in 1948 he left his country, his works were deliberately removed from the Hungarian literary world, and even his name was hardly mentioned till his death. This was due to partly his emigrant existence and anti-bolshevism ideas but also to the fact that he was the last writer of Hungarian bourgeois literature and at that time it was forbidden to express anything positive about that social class. In the 1980s publication of his works became possible but he vowed not to allow any publication till democratic elections and the leaving of foreign troops camping “temporarily” in Hungary.
Hungarian born American newspaper publisher of the 19th-20th century
Pultizer, the newspaper publisher of the St. Louis Post Dispatch and the New York World, introduced the techniques of "new journalism" to the newspapers he acquired in the 1880s. He became a leading national figure in the Democratic Party and was elected Congressman from New York. Today he is best known for the Pulitzer Prizes, which were established in 1917 by money he bequeathed to Columbia University to recognize artistic and journalistic achievements.
poet of the 20th century
Attila József is the best-known internationally of the modern Hungarian poets. His poems have been translated into many languages, and he is taught in world literature classes around the globe. Hailed during the communist era of the 1950s as Hungary's great "proletarian poet", his life, personality and works are now being re-evaluated. The Day of Poetry in Hungary is on his birthday.