DONALD E. MORSE, Professor of American, Irish, and English Literature, University of Debrecen and Emeritus Professor of English and Rhetoric, Oakland University, Michigan has been Fulbright Professor (1987–1989, 1991–1993) and Soros Professor (1990, 1996–1997) at the University of Debrecen. The author or editor of 16 books including The Irish Theatre in Transition (Palgrave 2015), Anatomy of Science Fiction (2006), The Novels of Kurt Vonnegut (Praeger 2003) and with Csilla Bertha More Real than Reality: The Fantastic in Irish Literature and the Arts (Greenwood 1991). With Csilla Bertha he received Rockefeller Study and Durrell School Fellowships to translate contemporary Hungarian plays into English (Silenced Voices:FiveHungarian–TransylvanianPlays 2008). For over 30 years he has chaired the annual International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts and for over 25 years has hosted “Bloom’s Day in Detroit”. In 1999 the University of Debrecen awarded him an Honorary Doctorate and in 2007 he received the László Országh Prize. He has also been the recipient of two festschrifts.
"In 1956 after eight years of dictatorial Russian-imposed Communism, one in ten Hungarians had been imprisoned, sent to a concentration camp or executed. As a result virtually every family in the country knew of some relation of theirs who had suffered terribly at the hands of the regime. Most people would also say that such suffering happened 'without cause' or 'unfairly'."