(1862 - 1949)
After studying law at the University of Ghent, Maurice Maeterlinck was admitted to the bar in that city in 1886. Soon after, in Paris, he met Auguste Villiers de L’Isle-Adam and other Symbolist artists, and he abandoned career in law for a life in literature. A poet, a playwright, and an essayist, Maeterlinck wrote mainly in French and was associated with French literary movements despite his Belgian birth. He won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1911.