Mihály Babits

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Babits, Mihály


Born Nov. 26, 1883, in Szekszárd; died Aug. 4, 1941, in Budapest. Hungarian poet.

Babits graduated from the University of Budapest. His first verses were published in the collection Holnap (1908); in 1909 he published a collection of verses Leaves From the Wreath of Iris. In the poem “Before Easter” (1916), Babits came out against the imperialist war; later he condemned fascism (the narrative poem The Book of Jónás 1941). Beginning in 1916 he was one of the editors of the literary-social magazine Nyugat. He translated Dante’s Divine Comedy into Hungarian. Babits also wrote novels (Sons of Death, 1927; and others) and essays (Life and Literature, 1929). He was the author of History of European Literature (1934).


Müvei, vols. 1–7. Budapest, 1957–61.
Válogatott versei. Budapest, 1957.


Klaniczay, T., J. Szauder, and M. Szabolcsi. Kratkaia istoriia vengerskoi literatury Xl-XX v. Budapest, 1962.
A magyar irodalom története, vol. 5. Budapest, 1965.
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As a result, few lovers of literature have even heard of Gyula Krudy, Dezsu Kosztolanyi, Mihaly Babits, Gyula IllyAs, or Sandor Marai, each of whom possessed Nobel qualifications.
Here Frigyesi moves with ease between Bartok's personal relationships with women and literary evocations of loneliness and romantic love by his contemporaries, including Ady, Bela Balazs, and Mihaly Babits. Chapter 8 extends the treatment of Bluebeard's Castle through a detailed music analysis that fruitfully interrelates many of the arguments presented in the previous three chapters.
contributed to the literary review Nyugat ("The West"), which was edited from 1929 by his friend and mentor Mihaly Babits. Eventually becoming editor of the magazine, Illyes renamed it Magyar csillag ("Hungarian Star") in 1941.
It was a district favored by the literary set; in the same neighborhood lived the poet and man of letters Mihaly Babits, the critic Aladar Schopflin, and the poet-novelist Dezso Kosztolanyi.
The authors of the poems are Balint Balassi, Daniel Berzsenyi, Sandor Petofi, Mihaly Babits, Attila Jozsef, Gyula Illyes, and Sandor Weores.