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Szerb was born to assimilated Jewish parents in Budapest, but baptized Catholic. He studied Hungarian, German and later English, obtaining a doctorate in 1924. From 1924 to 1929 he lived in France and Italy, also spending a year in London, England.
His first novel, The Pendragon Legend was published the following year (1934). His second and best-known work, Utas és holdvilág (known in English as Journey by Moonlight or The Traveler), came out in 1937. He was made a Professor of Literature at the University of Szeged the same year. He was twice awarded the Baumgarten Prize, in 1935 and 1937.
In 1941 he published a History of World Literature which continues to be authoritative today.
- The Pendragon Legend
- Utas és holdvilág
- History of World Literature
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