Ady, Endre

BORN 22 Nov 1877, Érmindszent (now Ady Endre) - DIED 27 Jan 1919, Budapest
CAUSE OF DEATH pneumonia
GRAVE LOCATION Budapest: Kerepesi cemetery (19/1)

Ady Endre was born into an impoverished noble family with six fingers on each hand. Two were cut off after his birth and he often showed the scars. He visited a Catholic gymnasium, but he was forced to leave because of the attention he gave to girls and alcoholic drinks. He visited a Calvinist school in Calvinist Zilah from 1892 to 1896 and there he wrote poems for a literary periodical that he had started.

He started his Law studies in Debrecen in 1896, worked in Budapest as a clerk, continued his studies and then started writing for Debrecen newspapers. In 1899 his first volume of poems "Versek" was published. In 1900 he neglected a diagnosis of syphilis. In 1903 his volume of poetry "Még egyszer" was published. Around the sdame time he started an affair with Adél Brüll, the wife of the lawyer Ödön Diósi who became Leda in his poems. Their liaison lasted for ten years. He lived in Paris and travelled through Europe. His health detoriated and in 1909 he spent a month time in a clinic. His relations with Adél detoriated, but between 1910 and 1912 they lived in Italy and Paris, hoping to restore his health.

By 1915 his health seemd better and on 27 Mar 1915 he married the young Bertuka Boncza against the wishes of her father. She was called Csinszka in his poems. They lived in Transylvania, but by 1916 he was once more hospitalized in a sanatorium in Budapest. In 1918 he became president of the new Vörösmarty Academy, but he was so ill that he could hardly accept this appointment and by that time he was described as a living corpse. He died not much later and left over 1000 poems.


Endre Ady's tomb at the Kerepesi cemetery, Budapest.
Picture by Androom (29 Jan 2001)



Published: 19 Apr 2009
Last update: 25 Apr 2022