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George Mikes

  • Birth 15 Feb 1912 Hungary
  • Death 30 Aug 1987 London, City of London, Greater London, England
  • Burial Non-Cemetery Burial, Specifically: No precise information on where he is buried, this is being investigated into
  • Memorial ID 32860631

Born György Mikes in the Hungarian village of Siklos, George Mikes became a journalist, working for a Hungarian Newspaper. In 1938, he was sent to London where he was meant to stay for a few weeks only, however, he soon became used to the British way of life an stayed there for the rest of his life.

George Mikes works include both biographies about real people as well as funny books about the character of the British and their way of life, describing all that in an exaggerated way, which made everybody who read his books both smile but also love the British.

His probably most famous book about that is the masterpiece HOW TO BE AN ALIEN (1946) which to this day is a popular novel for pupils learning English all over the world.

Just to name some of his works:

How to be an Alien: A Handbook for Beginners and More Advanced Pupils (1946)
How to Scrape Skies: The United States Explored, Rediscovered and Explained (1948)
Wisdom for Others (1950)
Milk and Honey: Israel Explored (1950)
Shakespeare and Myself (1952)
Uber Alles: Germany Explored (1953)
Italy for Beginners (1956)
How to Be Inimitable: Coming of Age in England (1960)
How to Tango: A Solo Across South America (1961)
Switzerland for Beginners (1962)
How to Unite Nations (1963)
Germany Laughs at Herself: German Cartoons Since 1848 (1965)
Eureka!: Rummaging in Greece (1965)
How to Be Affluent (1966)
Mortal Passion (1976)
Boomerang: Australia Rediscovered (1968)
The Prophet Motive: Israel Today and Tomorrow (1969)
The Land of the Rising Yen: Japan (1970)
Humour in Memoriam (1970)
Any Souvenirs?: Central Europe Revisited (1971)
The Spy who Died of Boredom (1973)
How to Be Decadent (1977)
Tsi-Tsa: The Biography of a Cat (1978)
English Humour for Beginners (1980)
How to Be Seventy: An Autobiography (1982)
How to Be Poor (1983)
How to Be a Guru (1984)
How to Be God (1986)
The Riches of the Poor: Who's WHO (1987)

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  • Added: 12 Jan 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 32860631
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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for George Mikes (15 Feb 1912–30 Aug 1987), Find A Grave Memorial no. 32860631, ; Maintained by Edda Meinikat (contributor 46997348) Non-Cemetery Burial, who reports a No precise information on where he is buried, this is being investigated into.