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Faludi Ferenc
(1704–1779)

Biography

Born March 25, 1704 in Németújvár; died December 18, 1779 in Rohonc. Poet, writer of moralistic prose, translator. Descendant of lower nobility. After schooling in Kőszeg and Sopron entered Jesuit Order in 1720. Served two probationary years in St. Anne Monastery in Vienna; then studied philosophy in Graz for three years, where László Amade (q.v.) was also a student. Obtained doctorate in theology. On return to Vienna lectured at University on humanities 1725-1729, on geometry in 1730, and then on theology for four years. Ordained in 1734. Began duties in Buda as preacher in German. Spent last probationary period in Beszterczebánya in 1735. Taught in Graz; served in Vienna 1736-1737 as priest to students in Pázmaneum and as teacher of Catholic ethics at University; in Graz 1737-1740 as teacher of philosophy, in Linz 1740-1741 as teacher of geometry. Service as confessor in St. Peter's, Rome, 1741-1745, had an important effect on his life. Acquainted himself with Italian and French literature. Returned to Hungary as professor of Scriptures at University of Nagyszombat 1746-1747 and director of its press 1748-1751. Directed affairs of Jesuit parish hall 1751-1754 and Jesuit College 1754-1757 in Nagyszombat, and of Jesuit hall in Pécs 1757-1759. Director of Jesuit library in Pozsony 1759-1773, when the Order was disbanded. In 1774 went to live on estate of Batthány family in Rohonc, where he died. Most noteworthy for his translation of Virgil's Aeneid, his poems in the spirit of the late baroque, and the Hungarian quality of his prose style. Wrote school dramas: Caesar (presented in 1749; first published in 1931) and Constantinus Porphyrogenitus (presented in 1754; first published in 1787 in vol. 2 of the Révai edition). Also translated works from Italian and some stories from Spanish. Some of his poems have been translated into English, French, German, and Italian.

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