University of Minnesota

Egri, Lajos, 1888-1967, Papers

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Immigration History Research Center, College of Liberal Arts, University of Minnesota

Descriptive summary

Creator: Egri, Lajos, 1888-1967.
Dates: 1917-1967
Abstract: 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.
Quantity: 1 linear ft. (28 folders).
Language: Mainly in Hungarian.
Collection ID: IHRC612


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.



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The Egri, Lajos, 1888-1967 Papers, Hungarian American Collection, Immigration History Research Center, University of Minnesota

Index Terms

Hungarian American dramatists.
Hungarian American theater.
Working class theater--United States.
Ethnic theater.

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