Tompa László memorial room
( Odorheiu Secuiesc, Tompa László Street, 10. )
He studied at Sighișoara, then at the Unitarian college from Cristuru Secuiesc, but also at Sibiu. From 1902 he was a student of law at the Ferenc József University from Cluj. Starting with 1907 he was a junior clerk in Odorheiu Secuiesc, from 1912 a magistrate, then from 1918, following his successful exam, he was chief archivist of Odorhei County. In 1919 he was dismissed, afterwards we was involved exclusively in literature.
His first poems were published in the periodicals Székelyföld and Zord idő, then he became a collaborator of Erdélyi Szemle, Ellenzék, Pásztortűz and Erdélyi Helikon. He was the member of the group called Erdélyi Helikon and of the Transylvanian Literary Society (Erdélyi Irodalmi Társaságnak). The poems of his first poetic period were included in the volumes Erdély hegyei között (Among the Mountains of Transylvania, Cluj, 1921), Éjszaki szél (North Wind, Odorheiu Secuiesc, 1923), Ne félj (Don`t be Afraid, Cluj, 1929). His poems reveal the inner life of an artist who lives in the solitude of a small city. He undertakes his solitude, he does not search a way out of it. His poetry is characterized by a manly self-discipline, an intellectual and philosophical tendency, the stylistic influence of the poets related to the journal Nyugat, and by a solid, almost classic prosody, accompanied often by a puritanical simplicity.
Nature plays an important role in his poetry, which is imbibed with the love for the Transylvanian landscape and for the homeland. He achieved great literary success, thus in 1929 he was awarded the great Kemény János award of the Erdélyi Helikon, and the Baumgarten award in 1941. He perceived the events of his time with constant criticism, he has never denied his humanist point of view. In the volumes entitled Hol vagy ember? (Where are You, Mankind? Cluj, 1940) and Válogatott versek (Selected Poems, Cluj, 1944) we can observe the apparition of the desire to rediscover society and of the need to dissolve his former solitude.
For 24 years, to June 24th 1944, he was the editor and publisher of the weekly Székely Közélet (Szekler Public Life), a “Political, Economic and Social Revue”, one of the most important periodicals from Odorheiu Secuiesc.