Benedek Elek

Benedek Elek

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Hungarian author, journalist, more widely known as "the great folk-tale teller" ("a nagy mesemondó") of Hungarian fairy tales.
Born: 30 September 1859, Kisbacon, Erdély (Transylvania), Hungary (now Romania).
Died: 17 August 1929, Kisbacon, Romania.

He was a member of Parliament between 1887 and 1892. In his speeches he engaged in youth literature, folk poetry, folk language and public education.
In 1889 he founded, together with Pósa Lajos, the first Hungarian literary magazine for young people, Az Én Újságom ("My Magazine"). He was the editor of Jó Pajtás ("Good Fellow") with Sebők Zsigmond. He also edited a series of books for youth, called Kis Könyvtár ("Small Library"); this later appeared as Benedek Elek Kis Könyvtára ("Small Library of Benedek Elek"). In 1900 he joined the Kisfaludy Group, a group of famous Hungarian writers and poets. He also wrote poems, dramas, novels and historical fiction books, but the most famous were his fairy tales.
In 1885 the Székely Tündérország ("Szekler Fairy-land"), which contains the first original fairy tales from tha authors, appeared. Six years later, in 1891, the Székely mesemondó ("Szekler Storyteller") appeared. Benedek's biggest challenge was the Magyar mese- és mondavilág (World of Hungarian Tales and Legends), which appeared in 5 volumes between 1894 and 1896. This book was dedicated to the Hungarian Millenia.

He is the grandfather of Benedek András.
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Benedek Elek Discography

Albums

EXE 01563 Benedek Elek Világszép Nádszál Kisasszony (Prea Frumoasa Prințesă Trestie)(LP, Mono) Electrecord EXE 01563 Romania 1980 Sell This Version
SLPX 13834 Benedek Elek A Soknevű Hercegúrfi (Benedek Elek Meséi)(LP) Hungaroton SLPX 13834 Hungary 1980 Sell This Version
SLPX 14162 Benedek Elek A Csodaszarvas(LP, Album) Hungaroton SLPX 14162 Hungary 1989 Sell This Version
SLPX 14210 Benedek Elek Világszép Nádszál Kisasszony(LP, Album) Hungaroton SLPX 14210 Hungary 1991 Sell This Version
223381 Benedek Elek & Gréczi Ágnes Benedek Elek & Gréczi Ágnes - Ali Baba És A Negyven Rabló - Az Ezeregy Éjszaka Meséi (CD, Album) Membran Music Ltd., Aréna Holding 223381 Europe 2005 Sell This Version
01604 E.Z.S. Benedek Elek A Csillagszemű Juhász(Cass, Album) E.Z.S. Music 01604 E.Z.S. Hungary Unknown Sell This Version
LPX 13707 Benedek Elek Benedek Elek Meséi(LP) Hungaroton LPX 13707 Hungary Unknown Sell This Version
ARCD 2045 Benedek Elek Vasorrú Bába(CD, Album) Aréna Holding ARCD 2045 Hungary Unknown Sell This Version