Nobel Prize in Literature-1911
Nobel Committee in its citation stated that the prize was given in
"of his many-sided literary
activities, and especially of his dramatic works, which are
distinguished by a wealth of imagination and 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. "
Born: 29/08/1862 in Ghent, Belgium
Died: 06/05/1949 in Nice, France of
heart attack. There was no priest at his funeral.
Maeterlinck, an avid reader of Arthur
considered man powerless against the forces of fate.
Maurice Polydore Marie Bernard Maeterlinck, in short Materlinck
Maurice was a Belgian playwright, poet and essayist. He played a
pivotal role in symbolist movement that started in France and the
theme of his works were mainly search for the meaning of life. Death
intrigued Maurice as much as life and formed an integral part of
Maternlinck was born in a wealthy family, studied Law in University of
Ghent, spent few months there and came in touch with the members of
the symbolist movement who impacted his subsequent works.
He rose to fame with his first play Princess Maleine. He wrote
symbolist plays, Intruder, The Blind emphasizing upon
fatalism & mysticism .
He had a relationship with the singer and actress Georgette
1895 till 1918 & Leblanc influenced his work. The plays written in
those periods reflect strong female characters in charge of
their destiny. During 1906, he showed signs of depression and was
under treatment. In 1908, his play The Blue Bird was published
and the success of the play greatly lifted his spirits. In later life,
he turned a socialist and donated a few of his fortunes to workers.
La Princesse Maleine--Princess Maleine(1889),
Les Aveugles -
Béatrice- Sister Beatrice(1901),
The Blue Bird
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