Maurice Maeterlinck

Author and Nobel Laureate Maurice Maeterlinck

Profession: Author and Nobel Laureate


Biography: The Belgian, poet, playwright and author was a member of the Symbolist literary movement. Writing in French he often examined the subconscious through fairy tale-like settings.

His first successful play was "La Princesse Maleine" (1889) and was followed by other successes such as "The Intruder" and "The Blind" (1890). His "Pelléas et Mélisande" (1892) was an important milestone in his career and went on to provide the basis for Claude Debussy's opera.

He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1911.

Born: August 29, 1862
Birthplace: Ghent, Belgium
Star Sign: Virgo

Died: May 6, 1949 (aged 86)
Cause of Death: Heart attack

Married Life

  • 1919-02-15 Author Maurice Maeterlinck (56) weds actress Renée Dahon (27) in Nice, France

Historical Events

  • 1908-09-30 Maurice Maeterlinck's play "L'Oiseau bleu" (The Blue Bird) premieres at the Moscow Art Theatre
  • 1911-12-10 Belgium poet and playwright Maurice Maeterlinck is presented in absentia with the Nobel Prize for Literature