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Imre Madách

Madách Imre

Imre Madách de Sztregova et Kelecsény (20 January[1] 1823 – 5 October 1864) was a Hungarian writer, poet, lawyer and politician. His major work is The Tragedy of Man (Az ember tragédiája, 1861). It is a dramatic poem approximately 4000 lines long, which elaborates on ideas comparable to Goethe's Faust. The author was encouraged and advised by János Arany, one of the most famous of 19th century Hungarian poets.

Contents

  • Life 1
  • Works 2
  • The Tragedy of Man 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

Life

He was born in Alsósztregova, the Kingdom of Hungary (today Dolná Strehová, Slovakia) in 1823. From 1829 Madách studied at the Piarist school of Vác.[2] During a cholera epidemic he stayed in Buda in 1831. In 1837 he began his studies at the university of Pest. In 1842 he officially became a lawyer. In 1860 he finished working on the "The Tragedy of Man". He died in Alsósztregova in the Kingdom of Hungary.

Works

The Tragedy of Man

The dramatic poem The Tragedy of Man is Madách's major and most enduring piece of writing. Today it is the central piece of Hungarian theaters' repertoire and is mandatory reading for students in secondary school. Many lines have become common quotes in Hungary. Madách, then a country nobleman with virtually no literary experience, sent the work to the poet Arany who enthusiastically encouraged him and suggested some emendations to the text. The piece was at first only published in printed form, not staged, because the many changes of scene (15 scenes) were hard to come by through the technical standards of the day.

The main characters are Adam, Eve and Lucifer. The three travel through time to visit different turning-points in human history and Lucifer tries to convince Adam that life is (will be) meaningless and mankind is doomed. Adam and Lucifer are introduced at the beginning of each scene, with Adam assuming various important historical roles and Lucifer usually acting as a servant or confidant. Eve enters only later in each scene. The Tragedy of Man contains fifteen scenes, with ten historical periods represented.

References

  1. ^ (Hungarian) A rossz születési dátum [The wrong birth date] at the Wayback Machine (archived December 11, 2009). Temesvári Pelbárt Ferences Gimnázium.
  2. ^ (Hungarian) His biography

External links

  • The Tragedy of Man (translation by George Szirtes)
  • The Tragedy of Man (translation by J. C. W. Horne)
  • The Tragedy of Man (translation by Iain Macleod)
  • Tragedy of the Man (translation by Ottó Tomschey)
  • Mihály Zichy's Illustrations of The Tragedy of Man
  • Works by Madách Imre: text, concordances and frequency lists
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