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Lajos Egri papers

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: IHRC612


Papers (1917-1968) of Egri Lajos (1888-1967) consist of his early plays; poetry; an autobiographical sketch; correspondence; miscellany; and an interview with his widow by Joseph Kovacs. The plays had originally been sent to the Petofi Literary Museum of Budapest, Hungary.


  • 1917-1967


Language of Materials

Mainly in Hungarian


Open for use in the Elmer L. Andersen Library reading room.


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Egri Lajos (1888-1967) was born in Eger, Hungary and came to the United States in 1908. He was a playwright for the Hungarian radical theater in New York City at the end of World War II, founder in the mid-1930s of the Egri school of writing, and author of The Art of Creative Writing and other works on writing. Many of Egri's plays were printed in Elöre, the magazine of the Hungarian Federation of the Socialist Party, and were performed by small theater groups affiliated with the Hungarian section of the Communist Party and a Hungarian workingmen's association in New York City. Egri joined the Elore Group of Players, an amateur theatrical group, during World War I, and later became one of its directors. He also worked as a journalist, edited an illustrated Hungarian weekly published in New York City, edited plays for the Columbia Broadcasting System, and wrote television scripts.


1 Linear Feet (28 folders)

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