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).

The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright© 2015, The Columbia University Press.

Ferenc Molnar: Selected full-text books and articles

Companion in Exile: Notes for an Autobiography By Ferenc Molnar; Barrows Mussey W. H. Allen, 1950
The Theatre Guild Anthology By 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
Cyclopedia of World Authors By Dayton Kohler; Frank N. Magill Harper & Row, 1958
Librarian’s tip: "Ferenc Molnar" begins on p. 765
Indians of the High Plains: From the Prehistoric Period to the Coming of Europeans By George E. Hyde University of Oklahoma Press, 1959
Librarian’s tip: "Liliom by Ferenc Molnar" begins on p. 449
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