Hungarian writer; born at Budapest Feb. 22, 1845. After studying at Budapest and Vienna he entered the service of the Austro-Hungarian Bank at Vienna in 1870. His first work was a German translation of one of Jókai's novels; it appeared in 1865 in the "Pester Nachrichten," and was so skilfully done that he was encouraged by Geibel, Hamerling, and Anastasius Grün to translate Petöfi's poems into German. In recognition of this work he was elected a member of the Petöfi Society (1871) and of the Kisfaludy Society (1882). In 1887 he received the gold cross of merit, with the crown, and in 1890 the grand cross of the Order of Nishan-i-Medjidie. In 1892, with the surname "Aszódi," he was raised to the rank of the Hungarian nobility by Francis Joseph I. His chief works are: "Franz Deak" (Leipsic, 1876); "Gedichte von Petöfi" (ib. 1878); "Lied von der Nähmaschine" (ib. 1884); "Joseph Kiss Gedichte" (ib. 1887); "Ungarische Dorf-Geschichten von Koloman Mikszáth" (ib. 1890). He also translated several plays by Csiky, and poems by Arány, Gyulai, and Kolomon Tóth. He contributes to the "Frankfurter Zeitung," "Münchener Allgemeine Zeitung," "Neue Freie Presse," and "Pester Lloyd." He is now (1904) engaged in the preparation of a large anthology of Hungarian poets, prose-writers, and parliamentary speakers.
- Eisenberg, Das Geistige Wien, i. 377;
- Szinnyei, Magyar Irók;
- Pallas Lex.;
- Egyenlöség, 1891, No. 30.