Maurice Maeterlinck

1862 - 1949

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Maurice Polydore Marie Bernard Maeterlinck (29 August 1862 – 6 May 1949), also known as Count (or Comte) Maeterlinck from 1932, was a Belgian playwright, poet, and essayist who was Flemish but wrote in French. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1911 "in appreciation of his many-sided literary activities, and especially of his dramatic works, which are distinguished by a wealth of imagination and by a poetic fancy, which reveals, sometimes in the guise of a fairy tale, a deep inspiration, while in a mysterious way they appeal to the readers' own feelings and stimulate their imaginations". The main themes in his work are death and the meaning of life. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Maurice Maeterlinck has received more than 560,698 page views. His biography is available in 92 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 87 in 2019). Maurice Maeterlinck is the 108th most popular writer (down from 90th in 2019), the 10th most popular biography from Belgium (down from 9th in 2019) and the most popular Belgian Writer.

Maurice Maeterlinck is most famous for his play "The Blue Bird" which was written in 1908. The play is about two children, Tyltyl and Mytyl, who go on a quest to find the blue bird of happiness.

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Notable Works

Monna Vanna
Coleman, Alexis Irenee Du Pont, tr
The life of the bee
Wisdom and destiny
The blue bird
La vie des abeilles
The treasure of the humble


Among writers, Maurice Maeterlinck ranks 108 out of 7,302Before him are Virginia Woolf, Paulo Coelho, Abu Nuwas, Du Fu, André Gide, and Stephen King. After him are August Strindberg, Haruki Murakami, Apuleius, Jean de La Fontaine, George Bernard Shaw, and E. T. A. Hoffmann.

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Among people born in 1862, Maurice Maeterlinck ranks 3Before him are Gustav Klimt, and Claude Debussy. After him are David Hilbert, Philipp Lenard, Gerhart Hauptmann, Allvar Gullstrand, Arthur Schnitzler, O. Henry, Aristide Briand, Hilma af Klint, and Niko Pirosmani. Among people deceased in 1949, Maurice Maeterlinck ranks 1After him are Richard Strauss, George Gurdjieff, Sigrid Undset, Georgi Dimitrov, Hassan al-Banna, Edward Thorndike, Margaret Mitchell, Friedrich Bergius, James Ensor, Charles Ponzi, and Klaus Mann.

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In Belgium

Among people born in Belgium, Maurice Maeterlinck ranks 10 out of 1,190Before him are Charles Martel (688), Audrey Hepburn (1929), Jan van Eyck (1395), René Magritte (1898), Leopold II of Belgium (1835), and Gerardus Mercator (1512). After him are Andreas Vesalius (1514), Anthony van Dyck (1599), Leopold III of Belgium (1901), Claude Lévi-Strauss (1908), Ursula von der Leyen (1958), and Philip I of Castile (1478).

Among WRITERS In Belgium

Among writers born in Belgium, Maurice Maeterlinck ranks 1After him are Georges Simenon (1903), Marguerite Yourcenar (1903), Julio Cortázar (1914), Émile Verhaeren (1855), Marguerite Porete (1250), Pierre Louÿs (1870), Henri Michaux (1899), Laura Marx (1845), Victor Serge (1890), Georges Rodenbach (1855), and Hugo Claus (1929).