Karl-Maria Kertbeny

1824 - 1882

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Karl-Maria Kertbeny or Károly Mária Kertbeny (born Karl-Maria Benkert) (February 28, 1824 – January 23, 1882) was an Austrian-born Hungarian journalist, memoirist, and human rights campaigner. He is best known for coining the words heterosexual and homosexual.The Benkert family moved to Budapest when he was a child—he was equally at home in Austria, Germany and Hungary. Hungarian writer and literary historian Lajos Hatvany has described him in these terms: "This moody, fluttering, imperfect writer is one of the best and undeservedly forgotten Hungarian memoir writers." He translated Hungarian poets' and writers' works into German, e.g., those of Sándor Petőfi, János Arany and Mór Jókai. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Karl-Maria Kertbeny has received more than 84,206 page views. His biography is available in 23 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 22 in 2019). Karl-Maria Kertbeny is the 1,499th most popular writer (down from 1,268th in 2019), the 353rd most popular biography from Austria (down from 291st in 2019) and the 25th most popular Austrian Writer.

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Among writers, Karl-Maria Kertbeny ranks 1,499 out of 5,794Before him are Ibn al-Khatib, Samuel R. Delany, Chikamatsu Monzaemon, Naim Frashëri, Juan Marsé, and Rafael Sabatini. After him are Ruy González de Clavijo, Paul Goma, John Webster, David Grossman, Robert Wilson, and Patricia Cornwell.

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Among people born in 1824, Karl-Maria Kertbeny ranks 21Before him are Antoine, Duke of Montpensier, William Walker, William Huggins, Princess Sophie of the Netherlands, Stonewall Jackson, and Ludwig Büchner. After him are Tokugawa Iesada, Peter Cornelius, Johann Wilhelm Hittorf, Dayananda Saraswati, Leland Stanford, and Jozef Israëls. Among people deceased in 1882, Karl-Maria Kertbeny ranks 24Before him are Vasily Perov, Pierre Guillaume Frédéric le Play, Ignacy Łukasiewicz, Henri Giffard, Princess Maria Pia of Bourbon-Two Sicilies, and Friedrich Reinhold Kreutzwald. After him are Mikhail Skobelev, Henry Draper, John Nelson Darby, Anthony Trollope, Berthold Auerbach, and Jørgen Moe.

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In Austria

Among people born in Austria, Karl-Maria Kertbeny ranks 353 out of 1,075Before him are Michael Hainisch (1858), Aloys II, Prince of Liechtenstein (1796), Heinz Kohut (1913), Archduke Joseph Ferdinand of Austria (1872), Prince August of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha (1818), and Oscar Straus (1870). After him are Anne of Austria, Landgravine of Thuringia (1432), William, Duke of Austria (1370), Archduke Felix of Austria (1916), Alois Hudal (1885), Aloys I, Prince of Liechtenstein (1759), and István Széchenyi (1791).

Among WRITERS In Austria

Among writers born in Austria, Karl-Maria Kertbeny ranks 25Before him are Miep Gies (1909), August Kubizek (1888), Maria Leopoldina of Austria (1797), Otto of Freising (1114), Christine Nöstlinger (1936), and Božena Němcová (1820). After him are Peter Altenberg (1859), Ida Laura Pfeiffer (1797), Vicki Baum (1888), Ivana Brlić-Mažuranić (1874), Joseph von Hammer-Purgstall (1774), and Eva Schloss (1929).