BirthdaySeptember 5, 1905

Celebrity biographies

  1. About Arthur Koestler

    Full name: Arthur Koestler
    Also known as: Arthur Koestler, Koestler, Arthur
    Professions: British/Hungarian writer
    Nationality: Hungarian, British
    Occupation: Novelist, essayist, journalist

  2. Arthur Koestler Death information

    Died: Tuesday, 1st of March, 1983 (Age: 77)

  3. Arthur Koestler Biography

    Arthur Koestler, CBE (/ˈkɛstlər, ˈkɛslər/; German: [ˈkœstlɐ]; Hungarian: Kösztler Artur; 5 September 1905 – 1 March 1983) was a Hungarian-British author and journalist. Koestler was born in Budapest and, apart from his early school years, was educated in Austria. In 1931 Koestler joined the Communist Party of Germany until, disillusioned by Stalinism, he resigned in 1938. In 1940 he published his novel Darkness at Noon, an anti-totalitarian work, which gained him international fame. Over the next 43 years from his residence in Great Britain, Koestler espoused many political causes and wrote novels, memoirs, biographies, and numerous essays. In 1968, he was awarded the Sonning Prize "for outstanding contribution to European culture" and, in 1972, he was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE). In 1976, Koestler was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease and, in 1979, with terminal leukaemia. In 1983 he and his wife committed suicide at home in London.

  4. Arthur Koestler Family

    Spouse: Living with Koestler: Mamaine Koestler's Letters 1945–51

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