Frigyes Karinthy

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Frigyes Karinthy
BirthplaceBudapest, Hungary
author, playwright, poet, journalist, and translator
Known for one of the first proponents of the six degrees of separation concept
The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

Karinthy, Frigyes


Born June 24, 1887, in Budapest; died Aug. 29, 1938, in Siófok. Hungarian writer.

Karinthy began his literary career in 1907 as a contributor to the progressive journal Nyugat His novella Excuse Me, Teacher (1916; Russian translation, 1962) was written in the realistic tradition. In 1918 he published a collection of antiwar articles entitled Christ or Barabbas.

In his dramas (Tomorrow Morning, 1921) and novels (Capillaria, 1921, and Journey Around One’s Own Skull, 1937), Karinthy used the grotesque and fantastic and exposed the flaws of bourgeois society. He was also the author of parodies (That’s How You Write, 1912), topical satires, and poems. He translated the works of Swift, Heine, and Mark Twain into Hungarian.


K’ótéltánc. Budapest, 1958.
Az iró becsülete. Budapest, 1962.
Válogatott mtlüvei. Budapest, 1962.


Klaniczai, T., J. Szauder, and M. Szabolcsi. Kratkaia istoriia vengerskoi literatury XI-XX v. Budapest, 1962. Pages 231–32.
Szalay, K. Karinthy Frigyes. Budapest, 1961.


The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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