Ferenc Molnar

Molnár, Ferenc

Ferenc Molnár (fĕ´rĕnts môl´när), 1878–1952, Hungarian dramatist and novelist. He studied law in Budapest and Geneva and was for some time a journalist in Budapest. He was a prolific author of plays, novels, stories, sketches, dialogues, and war reports. His best-known works are the plays Liliom (1909, tr. 1921), which was made into the musical comedy Carousel; The Guardsman (1910, tr. 1924); and The Swan (1920, tr. 1922). His plays exhibit masterful technique, sophisticated dialogue, and a satirical edge that is tempered by genuine sentiment. Although technically of high caliber, his plays rely upon superficial theatrical special effects. Molnár emigrated to the United States during the Nazi regime; he wrote film scripts and was famed as a wit.

See his autobiography (1950).

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Companion in Exile: Notes for An Autobiography
Ferenc Molnar; Barrows Mussey.
W. H. Allen, 1950
The Theatre Guild Anthology
The Board Of Directors Of The Theatre Guild.
Random House, 1936
Librarian’s tip: "Liliom: A Legend in Seven Scenes and a Prologue" by Ferenc Molnar begins on p. 111
105 Greatest Living Authors Present the World's Best Stories, Humor, Drama, Biography, History, Essays, Poetry
Whit Burnett.
Dial Press, 1950
Librarian’s tip: "Ferenc Molnar" begins on p. 993
A Study of the Modern Drama: A Handbook for the Study and Appreciation of the Best Plays, European, English and American, of the Last Half Century
Barrett H. Clark.
D. Appleton, 1925
Librarian’s tip: "Ferenc Molnar" begins on p. 113
Cyclopedia of World Authors
Frank N. Magill; Dayton Kohler.
Harper & Row, 1958
Librarian’s tip: "Ferenc Molnar" begins on p. 765
Guide to Great Plays
Joseph T. Shipley.
Public Affairs Press, 1956
Librarian’s tip: "Liliom by Ferenc Molnar" begins on p. 449
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