Literary History collection


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Literary History collection

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Géza Gárdonyi moved to Eger in 1897 to seek peace and inspiration for his works. Unfortunately he passed at the age of 59. His literary estate was given to the István Dobó Castle Museum in 1969. The Gárdonyi collection in one of the most significant and complete estates in Hungarian literary history. It consists of family and personal documents, biographical documents, manuscripts, letters, his notes written in cipher, newspapers, magazines and personal items.

The most valuable pieces are the manuscript fragments of his novel "Eclipse of the Crescent Moon", journals written in cipher and his correspondence with the Légrády Brothers Publishing House. In 1970 his code was finally broken and thus more information was revealed about the author. His home in Eger has been open to visitors since 1952 and is still in its original state. The permanent exhibition is based on his literary estate. The bookcase in the lobby contains Gárdonyi's book, newspaper and music collection. His bedroom features his bed and desk. Gárdonyi wasn't only a writer but also an amateur painter. Many rooms are decorated with his own paintings and reproductions. His study contains a library of almost five thousand books, his leather furniture and pipe collection.

Since its foundation the István Dobó Castle Museum has gone to great lengths to look after the author's oeuvre, cherish his legacy and use his heritage in formal education and museum education. During the past few years many of our educational and cultural events became a tradition. The annual ceremony of laying flowers on the author’s grave in October has been a tradition for decades. The Gárdonyi Memorial Day has been celebrated every year from 2000 and the author’s birthday has been commemorated from 2008. In 2013, in the Gárdonyi Memorial Year we hosted the Gárdonyi Literary Festival for the first time and our marquee with the “Gárdonyi Den” was set up in several towns and villages to promote the writer’s works.

During the processing of the Gárdonyi Memorial House and the collection two museum educational publications were made (Book Journal, Master Booklets – 2009 Award of Excellence for Museum Education) along with a promotional publication (MIRE booklets – Géza Gárdonyi).