See also:born at Losoncz on the 14th of
See also:March 1769, the son of a Calvinist pastor . He was educated at Losoncz and Pest, whence he migrated to Vienna . There he made the acquaintance of the beautiful and eccentric Countess Markovics, who was for a
See also:time his
See also:mistress, but she was not, as has often been supposed, the heroine of his famous novel Fanni Hagyomdnai (Fanny's testament) . Subsequently he settled in Pest as a lawyer . His sensibility, social charm, liberal ideas (he was one of the earliest of the Magyar freemasons) and
See also:personal beauty, opened the doors of the best houses to him . He was generally known as the Pest
See also:Alcibiades, and was especially at home in the salons of the
See also:Protestant magnates . In 1792, together with Count Raday, he founded the first theatrical society at Buda . He maintained that Pest, not Pressburg, should be the
See also:literary centre of Hungary, and in 1794 founded the first Hungarian quarterly, Urania, but it met with little support and ceased to exist in 1795, after three volumes had appeared .
See also:Karman, who had long been suffering from an incurable disease, died in the same
See also:year . ,The most important contribution to Urania was his sentimental novel, Fanni Hagyomanai, much in the
See also:style of La nouvelle Heloise and Werther, the most exquisite product of Hungarian
See also:prose in the 18th century and one of the finest psychological romances in the literature . Karman also wrote two satires and fragments of an
See also:historical novel, while his literary
See also:programme is set forth in his dissertation Anemzet csinosoddsa . Karman's collected
See also:works were published in Abafi's Nemzeti Konyvkir (Pest, 1878), &c., preceded by a
See also:life of Karman .
See F . Barath,
See also:Joseph Kdrmdn (Hung., Vas . Ujs, 1874); Zsolt
See also:Beothy, article on Karman in Kepes Irodalomtortenet (
See also:Budapest, 1894)• (R . N .
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