Georges Rodenbach (3440 words)


Georges Rodenbach is among the most well known of the Belgian Symbolists writing towards the end of the nineteenth century, and his fame is generally attributed to his 1892 novel, Bruges-la-Morte. Nonetheless, Rodenbach was a prolific writer who produced a number of poetry collections, as well as three other novels and several pieces of theatre and journalism.

Born in Tournai on 16 July 1855 to Constantin-Auguste Rodenbach, a civil servant in the ‘Ministère de l’Intérieur’, and Rosalie-Adélaïde Gall, Rodenbach had Germanic ancestry on his father’s side and French on his mother’s. When Georges was four months old, the Rodenbach family left French-speaking Tournai …

Citation: Ryan, Natasha. "Georges Rodenbach". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 08 December 2016 [, accessed 27 October 2020.]

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