Paul Tabori (1908–1974)

Author of The Natural History of Stupidity

Includes the names: Tabori Paul, Paul Taboru, Tábori Pál, Tábori Pál, Pál TÁBORI
Also includes: Christopher Stevens (2)

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Paul Tabori was born Pál Tábori to a Jewish family in Budapest, Hungary. He earned a degree in economics and political science from Pázmány Péter Catholic University in Budapest and a Ph.D. from the Kaiser Friedrich Wilhelm University in Germany before being forced to leave by the rise of the Nazi regime. He went to London in 1937 and was later joined there by his brother George Tabori. He became a diplomatic correspondent, a film critic, a feature writer for Reuters, and a regular BBC broadcaster to Occupied Europe during World War II. From 1943 to 1948, he wrote screenplays for Alexander Korda's London Films, and in 1950-1951, he worked in Hollywood. He was a prolific scriptwriter and editor of both theatrical features and television films. He also wrote more than two dozen novels, beginning with Sneeze on a Monday (1941), and used several pseudonyms, including "Peter Stafford." He also researched alleged psychic and paranormal phenomena and published works such as The Art of Folly (1961) and Crime and the Occult (1974). A close friend of psychic researcher Harry Price, he was the author of Harry Price: The Biography of a Ghost-Hunter (1950). During his career, Paul Tabori published more than 40 books, and was active in the International PEN Club. Later in life, he taught at Fairfield Dickinson University, City College of New York, and the University of Illinois in the USA.
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