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József Katona (1792–1830)

Katona, József (kä’tō-nä). A Hungarian poet; born at Kecskemet, Nov. 11, 1792; died there, Nov. 2, 1830. He wrote ‘Bánk-Bán’ (1821), the grandest tragedy Hungary has produced. Long unnoticed, it appeared on the stage only in 1834, when it met with success, but did not become generally famous till 1845. Meanwhile its author, embittered by its failure, had renounced poetry, and died, beloved by the people, especially the poor.