Ferenc Herczeg

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Ferenc Herczeg
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Born 22 September 1863 Edit this on Wikidata
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Died 24 February 1954 Edit this on Wikidata (aged 90)
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Ferenc Herczeg (born Franz Herzog, 22 September 1863 in Versec, Hungarian Kingdom – 24 February 1954 in Budapest, Hungary) was a Hungarian playwright and author who promoted conservative nationalist opinion in his country. He was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature three times.[1]


He founded and edited the magazine Új Idők ("New Times") in 1895. In 1896, he was elected to parliament, and in 1901, he became the president of the Petőfi Society.

Dream Country (1912), one of his more prominent novels, 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 Istanbul to Venice. In 1926 and in 1927, he was nominated for the Nobel prize for The Gate of the Life (1919), a historical novel about archbishop Tamás Bakócz, the only Hungarian aspirant to the papal throne, set in 16th-century Rome.

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

Selected bibliography[edit]

  • 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)

Film adaptations[edit]


  1. ^ "Nomination Database". www.nobelprize.org. Retrieved 2017-04-19. 

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