REMENYI JOSEPH (1 Dec. 1892-25 Sept. 1956) was a widely recognized Hungarian-American writer who served as professor of comparative literature at Western Reserve Univ for a quarter-century.
Born in Pozsony, Hungary, he was educated at Francis Joseph Royal Univ. in Szeged and also studies at the Universities of Budapest and Vienna.
In 1918 he married Margaret Papolczy (1892-1975), a Hungarian-born actress who thereupon gave up the stage except for an appearance later that year in a one-act play written by her husband for the Cleveland Play House.
Entitled 30 Jefferson Arcade, its setting was reminiscent of Laukhuff’s bookstore in the Taylor Arcade.
Remenyi also began writing novels about the Hungarian-American immigrant experience, which were published in Hungarian back in Budapest.
Some of them, such as Szerelmesek Voltak (They Were in Love), had a Cleveland background.
He began teaching in 1929 at WRU’s Cleveland College, where his lectures on European writers often earned spontaneous applause from his classes.
In 1935 he published an anthology of American authors, Modern American Fiction, in Budapest, while a collection of his own writings, Hungarian Writers and Literature, was published posthumously in this country under the direction of his widow in 1964.
He died childless.