Arthur Koestler


Born
in Budapest, Hungary
September 05, 1905

Died
March 01, 1983

Genre

Influences
Communism


Arthur Koestler CBE [*Kösztler Artúr] was a prolific writer of essays, novels and autobiographies.

He was born into a Hungarian Jewish family in Budapest but, apart from his early school years, was educated in Austria. His early career was in journalism. In 1931 he joined the Communist Party of Germany but, disillusioned, he resigned from it in 1938 and in 1940 published a devastating anti-Communist novel, Darkness at Noon, which propelled him to instant international fame.

Over the next forty-three years he espoused many causes, wrote novels and biographies, and numerous essays. In 1968 he was awarded the prestigious and valuable Sonning Prize "For outstanding contribution to European culture", and in 1972 he was made a "Commander of the Bri
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More books by Arthur Koestler…
“The principal mark of genius is not perfection but originality, the opening of new frontiers.”
Arthur Koestler

“Satan, on the contrary, is thin, ascetic and a fanatical devotee of logic. He reads Machiavelli, Ignatius of Loyola, Marx and Hegel; he is cold and unmerciful to mankind, out of a kind of mathematical mercifulness. He is damned always to do that which is most repugnant to him: to become a slaughterer, in order to abolish slaughtering, to sacrifice lambs so that no more lambs may be slaughtered, to whip people with knouts so that they may learn not to let themselves be whipped, to strip himself of every scruple in the name of a higher scrupulousness, and to challenge the hatred of mankind because of his love for it--an abstract and geometric love.”
Arthur Koestler, Darkness at Noon

“Creative activity is a type of learning process where the teacher and pupil are located in the same individual.”
Arthur Koestler, Drinkers of Infinity: Essays 1955-1967

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July 2019 New School Poll

 
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A Town Like Alice by Nevil Shute, 359 pages, 1950
 
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  47 votes, 16.2%

Darkness at Noon by Arthur Koestler, 216 pages, 1940
 
  32 votes, 11.0%

 
  22 votes, 7.6%

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