Szenes (Originally Schlesinger), Béla
SZENES (originally Schlesinger), BÉLA
SZENES (originally Schlesinger ), BÉLA (1894–1927), Hungarian author. Szenes was born in Budapest. He joined the editorial boards of various newspapers, and was noted for his feuilletons (known as "Szenes-ember," which, in Hungarian, has the additional meaning of "coalman"). Szenes wrote humorous plays, which were successful on the Hungarian stage and also abroad. In his short life he was a gifted and prolific writer.
His stories include A Szenes ember könyve ("The Story of the Coalman," 1916), Vidám irások ("Humorous Writings," 2 vols., 1920–21), and Csibi ("To Young People," 1919). Among his plays were A buta ember ("The Stupid Man," 1921), A gazdag leány ("The Rich Girl," 1921), Az alvó férj ("The Sleeping Husband," 1926), and Nem nősülök ("I Won't Marry," 1927). His daughter was the World War ii Palestinian heroine Hannah *Szenes.
Magyar Zsidó Lexikon (1929) s.v.: Magyar Irodalmi Lexikon, 3 (1965), s.v.