George Mikes (Journalist) – Bio, Birthday, Family, Age & Born

George Mikes

George Mikes was a Hungarian-born British journalist, humourist and writer, best known for his humorous commentaries on various countries.

Born: Mikes György, February 15, 1912, Siklós, Kingdom of Hungary, Austria-Hungary
Died: August 30, 1987, London, England
Language: English
Nationality: Hungarian
Citizenship: British (from 1946)
Genre: Humour, journalism
Notable works: How to be an Alien
Children: Martin (first marriage), Judith (second marriage)
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About George Mikes

A Hungarian-British author and journalist, he is best known for humorous works such as How to be an Alien (1946), a book that makes fun of the English and their relationship with foreigners. His other works include Shakespeare and Myself (1952) and Little Cabbages (1955).

Before Fame

He initially wanted to become a lawyer; however, he was hired by a Budapest newspaper and began his career as a journalist. He immigrated to England in 1940.


He became famous for his comical critiques of several different countries.

Family Life

He was born in Hungary and was the son of attorney Alfred Mikes. He was married twice and had a son named Martin and a daughter named Judith.


He was president of the London branch of PEN International, the worldwide association of writers. George Bernard Shaw was one of the organization’s first members.

Information related to George Mikes

  • British humorists
  • 20th-century Hungarian novelists
  • British autobiographers
  • British Jewish writers
  • Hungarian journalists
  • British male novelists
  • 20th-century British novelists

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Latest information about George Mikes updated on August 29, 2020.

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