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Arthur Koestler (1905–1983)

Arthur Koestler was born on September 5, 1905 in Budapest, Austria-Hungary as Kösztler Artúr. He was a writer, known for Thieves in the Night (1988), Lift Your Heads (1943) and Sonnenfinsternis (1963). He was married to Cynthia May Jefferies, Mamaine Paget and Dorothee Ascher. He died on March 3, 1983 in London, England. See full bio »


(age 77) in London, England, UK

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Known For

Thieves in the Night
Lift Your Heads


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Hide Hide Show Show Writer (7 credits)
 1988 Thieves in the Night (TV Movie) (novel)
 1970 Biography (TV Series) (book "The Sleepwalkers" - 1 episode)
- I Measured the Skies (1970) ... (book "The Sleepwalkers")
 1966 Drei Tage bis Mitternacht (TV Movie) (play "Twilight Bar")
 1963 Sonnenfinsternis (TV Movie) (play)
 1963 ITV Play of the Week (TV Series) (novel - 1 episode)
- Darkness at Noon (1963) ... (novel)
 1955 Producers' Showcase (TV Series) (novel - 1 episode)
- Darkness at Noon (1955) ... (novel)
 1943 Lift Your Heads (Documentary short) (writer)
Hide Hide Show Show Self (3 credits)
 1976 Memories of Berlin: The Twilight of Weimar Culture (TV Movie documentary)
Himself - Interviewee
 1966 Das Profil (TV Series documentary)
- Arthur Koestler (1966) ... Himself
 1964 Zur Person (TV Series)
- Arthur Koestler (1964) ... Himself
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 1984 Everyman (TV Series documentary)
- Hours by the Window (1984) ... Himself

Personal Details

Other Works:

Book: "The Age of Longing" See more »

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15 Print Biographies | 1 Article | See more »

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Personal Quote:

[1961] I loathe processed bread in cellophane, processed towns of cement and glass, and the Bible processed as a comic-strip; I loathe crooners and swooners, quizzes and fizzes, neon and subtopia, the Organization Man and the Reader's Digest. But who coerced us into buying all this? The United States do not rule Europe as the British ruled India; they waged no Opium War against us to force their ... See more »


The date of death is listed here as 3 March 1983, when the bodies of Koestler and his third wife were found by their maid. A suicide note left by the pair instructed her to contact the police. Many sources list 1 March 1983 as the date of death, because they ingested lethal amounts of drugs on that date and are believed to have died that day. Koestler suffered from Parkinson's disease and ... See more »

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