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 363,226 page views. His biography is available in 83 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 79 in 2019). Maurice Maeterlinck is the 99th most popular writer (down from 88th in 2019), the 8th most popular biography from Belgium 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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Among writers, Maurice Maeterlinck ranks 99 out of 5,794Before him are Heinrich Heine, Cato the Elder, José Saramago, Theodor Herzl, Mary Shelley, and Stephen King. After him are Erich Maria Remarque, Selma Lagerlöf, André Gide, Ivan Turgenev, Miyamoto Musashi, and Rainer Maria Rilke.

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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, O. Henry, Gerhart Hauptmann, Arthur Schnitzler, Aristide Briand, Joseph Merrick, William Henry Bragg, and Allvar Gullstrand. Among people deceased in 1949, Maurice Maeterlinck ranks 1After him are Richard Strauss, Sigrid Undset, George Gurdjieff, Georgi Dimitrov, Edward Thorndike, Margaret Mitchell, James Ensor, Charles Ponzi, Hassan al-Banna, Louis II, Prince of Monaco, and Kim Jong-suk.

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In Belgium

Among people born in Belgium, Maurice Maeterlinck ranks 8 out of 899Before him are Jan van Eyck (1395), Pepin the Short (715), Audrey Hepburn (1929), Charles Martel (688), Clovis I (466), and René Magritte (1898). After him are Andreas Vesalius (1514), Leopold II of Belgium (1835), Claude Lévi-Strauss (1908), Anthony van Dyck (1599), Orlande de Lassus (1534), and Gerardus Mercator (1512).

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), Pierre Louÿs (1870), Marguerite Porete (1250), Laura Marx (1845), Henri Michaux (1899), Victor Serge (1890), Hugo Claus (1929), and Georges Rodenbach (1855).