Tormay, Cécile de

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Tormay, Cécile de

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  • Tormay, Cécile
  • Nádudvari Tormay, Cécile

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Born in 1875 in Budapest, Cécile de Tormay grew up in a Hungarian aristocratic family. Her mastery of German, Italian, French, English and Latin prompted her to study foreign languages. Between 1900 and 1914, she completed numerous journeys abroad. She rose to success as a novelist with her book Emberek a kövek közt (People of the Rocks, 1911), which was translated into English, German, Italian, French and Swedish. Her international reputation as a novelist was cemented when in 1914 the saga A Régi ház (The Old House) appeared, and won the Grand Prize of the Hungarian Academy. It was translated into nine languages. In 1925, she published An Outlaw’s Cry, in which she opposed the Béla Kun regime.

She joined the International Committee on Intellectual Cooperation (ICIC) in May 1935, succeeding Marie Curie after her death, and worked for the Permanent Committee on Arts and Letters. In 1936, for instance, she contributed an opening statement for the interview series organised by the Permanent Committee on Arts and Letters, which was published the following year as “Vers un nouvel humanisme”. In 1937 she was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature, but it was awarded to the French writer Roger Martin du Gard. De Tormay died in April 1937 from a heart attack in Mátraháza, Hungary. Her fellow Hungarian, Count Paul Téléki took her place at the ICIC.


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Cécile de Tormay was a member of the ICIC

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Created by Marie Caillot 29/10/2011. Translated by Jan Stöckmann 07-08-2015.




  • UNESCO Archives, Archival Group 1 : IICI/01. Bulletin de la Coopération intellectuelle, n°75-16, "Vers un nouvel humanisme", mars-avril 1937. Notice nécrologique de Cécile de Tormay, p. 89-90.
  • UNESCO Archives, Archival Group 1 : IICI/2/6. IICI, Vers un nouvel humanisme. Paris : IICI, 1937. P. 156-157.
  • "Cécile de Tormay. Article Wikipédia. Retrieved from: Accessed 29 October 2011.
  • Renoliet, J.-J. (1999). L'UNESCO oubliée. La Société des Nations et la coopération intellectuelle (1919-1946). Paris : Publications de la Sorbonne. P. 185.

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