Georges Rodenbach

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Georges Rodenbach
Georges Rodenbach
Georges Rodenbach
Born Georges Raymond Constantin Rodenbach
(1855-07-16)16 July 1855
Tournai, Belgium
Died 25 December 1898(1898-12-25) (aged 43)
Paris, France
Nationality Belgium
Occupation novelist, poet
Rodenbach's tomb in Paris.

Georges Raymond Constantin Rodenbach (16 July 1855 – 25 December 1898) was a Belgian Symbolist poet and novelist.

Biography[edit]

Georges Rodenbach was born in Tournai to a French mother and a German father from the Rhineland (Andernach). He went to school in Ghent at the prestigious Sint-Barbaracollege, where he became friends with the poet Emile Verhaeren. Rodenbach worked as a lawyer and journalist. He spent the last ten years of his life in Paris as the correspondent of the Journal de Bruxelles, and was an intimate of Edmond de Goncourt. He published eight collections of verse and four novels, as well as short stories, stage works and criticism. He produced some Parisian and purely imitative work; but a major part of his production is the outcome of a passionate idealism of the quiet Flemish towns in which he had passed his childhood and early youth. In his best known work, Bruges-la-Morte (1892), he explains that his aim is to evoke the town as a living being, associated with the moods of the spirit, counselling, dissuading from and prompting action. Bruges-la-Morte was used by the composer Erich Wolfgang Korngold as the basis for his opera Die Tote Stadt. Albrecht Rodenbach, his cousin, was a poet and novelist as well, and a leader in the revival of Flemish literature of the 19th century.

Works[edit]

  • Le Foyer et les Champs (1877), poetry
  • Les Tristesses (1879), poetry
  • La Belgique 1830-1880 (1880), historic poem
  • La Mer élégante (1881), poetry
  • L'Hiver mondain (1884)
  • Vers d'amour (1884)
  • La Jeunesse blanche (1886), poetry
  • Du Silence (1888)
  • L'Art en exil (1889)
  • Bruges-la-Morte (1892)
  • Le Voyage dans les yeux (1893)
  • Le Voile, drama
  • L'Agonie du soleil (1894)
  • Musée de béguines (1894)
  • Le Tombeau de Baudelaire (1894)
  • La Vocation (1895), translated as Hans Cadzand's Vocation
  • A propos de "Manette Salomon". L'Œuvre des Goncourt (1896)
  • Les Tombeaux (1896)
  • Les Vierges (1896)
  • Les Vies encloses (1896), poem
  • Le Carillonneur (1897)
  • Agonies de villes (1897)
  • Le Miroir du ciel natal (1898)
  • Le Mirage (1900)

In Popular Culture[edit]

David Bowie mentions Rodenbach in his song Dancing Out In Space from his 2013 album The Next Day. The exact line is "Silent as Georges Rodenbach." Possibly referring to Rodenbach's book of poetry "Le règne du silence" (The Reign of Silence) including the final poem "Du silence"[1]

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External links[edit]

Public Domain This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainChisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press.