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Famous Hungarians on stamps: Sandor Puski

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Hungary Post has issued a special stamp to commemorate the centenary of the birth of Sandor Puski (4 Feb 1911 - 2 Aug 2009), a Hungarian book publisher.

In 1930 Puski enrolled at the Faculty of Law of the Pazmany Peter University in Budapest, where he became a Doctor of Law in 1935. In 1938 he opened his bookshop. In 1939 he founded Magyar Elet (Hungarian Life) Publishing House, which mainly published the works of folk writers. The publishing house was nationalised in 1950, and in 1962 Puski was imprisoned on trumped up charges and released after a year.

He was given a passport in 1966 and then emigrated to America with his wife in 1970. Following the move, they continued their work, at first in rudimentary conditions. Later, they organised lecture tours with artists invited from Hungary.

In 1974 Puski bought a small bookshop in a run down state named Corvin in the Hungarian quarter in New York. In 1975 he established the Puski Publishing House, which, apart from authors of Magyar Elet, also published works by writers who were denied the chance to do so in Hungary for political reasons. The Puski-Corvin Hungarian Bookstore, which he exchanged for a larger premise in 1984, became an intellectual centre for Hungarians living in the West.

In 1989 he returned to Budapest. His bookshop on Krisztina Boulevard became the place where the works of the intellectual inheritors of folk literature could be found. The work of the founder was aided later by his sons, Laszlo and Istvan Puski, and then his grandsons, Attila and Csaba Puski. Since the establishment of the publishing company, it has published works by writers, historians and poets dealing with essential Hungarian issues. Their bookshop has all the volumes which deserve to be read from a Hungarian viewpoint.

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