Gárdonyi, Géza

Gárdonyi, Géza

(gā`zə gär`dōnyē), 1863–1922, Hungarian writer. Gárdonyi first attracted attention with a cycle of satirical novels about peasant life. His works include the play Wine (1901) and the novels The Invisible Man (1902) and The Old Man (1905). Gárdonyi's meditative idealism combined elements from Schopenhauer, Indian philosophy, and Christian mysticism.
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Gárdonyi, Géza


Born Aug. 3, 1863, in Agard; died Oct. 30, 1922, in Eger. Hungarian writer; became a newspaper worker in 1888.

Gárdonyi’s novella The Lantern (1896) tells of rural life of the mid-19th century, and his short stories realistically portray the life of the peasants and rural intelligentsia (the collection My Village, 1898). He was the author of poems (the collection April, 1894) and historical novels about the struggle against the Turkish conquerors (The Stars of Eger, 1901; Russian translation, 1956; and others).


Munkái, vols. 1-20. Budapest, 1913.
Kék pille. Budapest, 1961.
Isten rabjai. Budapest, 1964.
Szegény ember jó órája, vols. 1-2. Budapest, 1964.


Klaniczay, T., J. Szauder, and M. Szabolcsi. Kratkaia istoriia vengerskoi literatury XI-XX v. Budapest, 1962. Pages 196-97.
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