Ferenc Herczeg (born Franz Herzog, 22 September 1863 in Versec, Kingdom of Hungary, Austrian Empire – 24 February 1954 in Budapest, Hungary) 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.
|Born||22 September 1863|
Versecz, Kingdom of Hungary, Austrian Empire (now Vršac, Serbia)
|Died||24 February 1954 (aged 90)|
|Occupation||Writer, playwright, journalist|
|Alma mater||University of Budapest|
|Notable works||The Gates of Life|
He founded and edited the magazine Új Idők ("New Times") in 1895. In 1896, he was elected to parliament, and in 1901, he became the president of the Petőfi Society.
Dream Country (1912), one of his more prominent novels, 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 1925, 1926 and 1927, he was nominated for the Nobel prize for The Gates of Life (1919), a historical novel about archbishop Tamás Bakócz, the only Hungarian aspirant to the papal throne, set in 16th-century Rome.
One major recurring theme of his novels is the conflict of a rich heir with his brother, cousin or rival who has been cheated of his lawful rights (Huszt of Huszt 1906, The Two Lives of Magdalena 1917, Northern Lights 1930).
- 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)
- The Gates of Life (a novel, 1919)
- 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
- A Sister of Six, 1920, Sweden, directed by John W. Brunius
- The 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 Martonffy
- 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
- "Nomination Database". www.nobelprize.org. Retrieved 2017-04-19.