Endre Ady

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Endre Ady
BirthplaceÉrmindszent Szilágy County, Kingdom of Hungary
Poet, journalist
The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

Ady, Endre


Born Nov. 22, 1877, in the village of Ermindscent; died Jan. 27, 1919, in Budapest. Hungarian poet and publicist. Son of an impoverished nobleman. Studied at the law faculty of Debrecen University.

Ady’s first collection was Poems (1899). His passionate striving to change bourgeois reality begins to appear in the collection Once Again (1903). His article “Earthquake” (1906) was devoted to the December 1905 armed uprising in Moscow. During the years when the liberation struggle in Hungary was on the ascent, one of Ady’s main lyric themes was the call to revolution—for example, in the cycle “Song of the Street” in the collection On the Chariot of Elijah the Prophet (1908) and in the poem “Let Us Gallop Toward the Revolution” (1913).


Összes versei, vols. 1–2. Budapest, 1955.
Válogatott cikkei és tanulmanyai. Budapest, 1954.
Összes prózai mũvei, vols. 1–8. Budapest, 1955–68.
In Russian translation:
Stikhi. Moscow, 1958.


Rossiianov, O. K. Tvorchestvo Endre Adi. Moscow, 1967.
Bóka, L. Ady Endreélete es mũvei. Budapest, 1955.
Bölöni, G. Az igazi Ady. Budapest, 1966.
Varga, J. Ady Endre. Budapest, 1966.
The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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Holding up a distorting mirror works not only collectively but also in the case of well-known Hungarian poets of the past century: a large part of the book consists of witty monologues of misunderstood wives and imaginary or real lovers of such poets and writers as Endre Ady, Dezso Kosztolanyi, and Gyula Juhasz.
ENDRE Ady (1877-1919) was a Hungarian poet of enormous influence on European literature, whose work has nevertheless been hardly translated into English.
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He belonged to the literary circle that included Endre Ady, Zsigmond Moricz, and Dezso Kosztolanyi, whose works were published in the periodical Nyugat ("The West"; founded 1908), one of the most important critical reviews in Hungarian literary history.
Poems like Sandor Petofi's "National Song" ushered in the March revolution of 1848, and Endre Ady became a mouthpiece of socialist ideas in the first two decades of the twentieth century.
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Most of the names known to anglophone readers (from street, square, and monument names in Budapest if not from their poems) are in the first volume: Balint Balassi, Sandor Petofi, Imre Madach, Endre Ady, Dezso Kosztolanyi, Attila Jozsef, Miklos Radnoti, Gyula Illyes, Sandor Weores, and some others who died too recently to have been monumentalized.