Belgian Symbolist poet, playwright, and essayist Maurice Maeterlinck.

Maurice Maeterlinck

(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.

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