Ferenc Herczeg

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Ferenc Herczeg
The native form of this personal name is Herczeg Ferenc. This article uses the Western name order.

Ferenc Herczeg (born Franz Herzog, 22 September 1863, Versec, Hungarian Kingdom - 24 February 1954, Budapest, Hungary) was a Hungarian playwright and author who promoted conservative nationalist opinion in his country. He founded and edited the magazine Új Idők ("New Times") in 1895. In 1896 he was elected to parliament and in 1901 became the president of the Petőfi Society.

One of his best novels, Dream Country (1912) tells how the love affair of an American business magnate and a Hungarian adventuress ends in jealousy and murder in the course of a yacht tour from Athens and Stamboul to Venice. In 1926 and in 1927 he was nominated for the Nobel prize on the score of The Gate of the Life (1919), a historical novel about archbishop Tamás Bakócz (the only Hungarian aspirant ever to the papal throne), set in 16th century Rome.

A major recurring theme of his novels is the conflict of a rich heir with his brother, cousin or rival long cheated out of his lawful rights (Huszt of Huszt 1906, The Two Lives of Magdalena 1917, Northern Lights 1930).

Some of his works include;

  • Above and Below (1890)
  • Mutamur (1893)
  • The Gyurkovics Girls (1893)
  • The Daughter of the Landlord of Dolova (1893)
  • The Gyurkovics Boys (1895)
  • The House of Honthy (a drama, 1896)
  • The First Storm (a drama, 1899)
  • Hand Washes Hand (a drama, 1903)

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