Fun Facts Friday: Dezső Kosztolányi

March 29, 2024

Dezső Kosztolányi (29 March, 1885 – 3 November, 1946) was a Hungarian poet, writer, and translator. He is considered to be one of the outstanding poets of Hungarian literature.

Fun Facts Friday: Dezső Kosztolányi
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Fun Facts about Dezső Kosztolányi:

  1. Dezső Kosztolányi was born in Szabadka, Austria-Hungary, today known as Subotica, Serbia. His father, Árpád Kosztolányi, was the headmaster of a school, as well as a chemistry and physics professor. His mother, Eulália Brenner, had roots in France.
  2. After finishing high school as a private student he moved to Budapest and studied at the University there. The reason he was a “private student” is because he got expelled from school after a conflict with his teachers.
  3. Kosztolányi spent time in Vienna before turning to journalism, a profession he proudly worked in for the rest of his life.
  4. In 1910 Dezső Kosztolányi published his first book of poetry, The Complaints of a Poor Little Child (A szegény kisgyermek panaszai), which enjoyed commercial and critical acclaim. From that point on, he published a book almost every year.
  5. He married Ilona Harmos, an actress, in 1913 after three years of courtship. The couple had one son who passed away in 1936 from cancer.
  6. In 1920 he started to write novels to critical acclaim. German novelist and Nobel laureate Thomas Mann even wrote a preface to his novel The Bloody Poet.
  7. Throughout his writing career, Mr. Kosztolányi translated many authors into Hungarian including William Shakespeare, Lewis Carroll, Thornton Wilder, Oscar Wilde, and Rudyard Kipling.
  8. The poet’s work was known to observe the human condition and fragility from a sympathetic point of view, with humor and an affinity for the macabre.
  9. Dezső Kosztolányi was the first president of the Hungarian PEN club.
  10. One of his best-known novels, Édes Anna (Wonder Maid/Anna Edes), was published in 1926 and revolves around a country maid who comes to live in Budapest during the fall of the Hungarian Soviet Republic, and Hungary’s accession to the League of Nations. The book was made into a 1958 drama that competed in the 1959 Cannes Film Festival.

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Sources:

Dezső Kosztolányi | Wikipedia

Dezső Kosztolányi

Collection: Dezső Kosztolányi | New York Review Books

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