Ferenc Herczeg (born Franz Herzog, 22 September 1863 in Vršac – 24 February 1954 in Budapest) 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.
Career[edit | edit source]
He founded and edited the magazine Új Idők ("New Times") in 1895. In 1896 he was elected to parliament and in 1901 became the president of the Petőfi Society.
One of his best novels, Dream Country (1912) 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 on the score of The Gate of the Life (1919), a historical novel about archbishop Tamás Bakócz (the only Hungarian aspirant ever to the papal throne), set in 16th century Rome.
A major recurring theme of his novels is the conflict of a rich heir with his brother, cousin or rival long cheated out of his lawful rights (Huszt of Huszt 1906, The Two Lives of Magdalena 1917, Northern Lights 1930).
Selected bibliography[edit | edit source]
- 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 | edit source]
- The Seven Sisters, 1915, United States, directed by Sidney Olcott
- A dolovai nábob leánya, 1916, Austria-Hungary, directed by Jenő Janovics and Alexander Korda
- The Colonel (Az ezredes), 1917, Austria-Hungary, directed by Michael Curtiz
- Erotikon, 1920, Sweden, directed by Mauritz Stiller
- Gyurkovicsarna, 1920, Sweden, directed by John W. Brunius
- Rakoczi March (Rákóczi induló), 1933, Austria and Hungary, directed by Steve Sekely
- Szenzáció, 1936, Hungary, directed by Steve Sekely and Ladislao Vajda
- Pogányok, 1937, Hungary, directed by Emil Martonffi
- The Blue Fox (Der Blaufuchs), 1938, Germany, directed by Viktor Tourjansky
- Gyurkovics fiúk, 1941, Hungary, directed by D. Ákos Hamza
- L'ultimo ballo, 1941, Italy, directed by Camillo Mastrocinque
- Seven Sweethearts, 1942, United States, directed by Frank Borzage
- Szíriusz, 1942, Hungary, directed by D. Ákos Hamza
- A láp virága, 1943, Hungary, directed by D. Ákos Hamza
References[edit | edit source]
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Category:Members of the House of Magnates
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