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Georges Rodenbach (Belgium)

Georges Rodenbach
Georges Rodenbach

Georges Rodenbach (1855-1898) was born and educated in Ghent, alongside his friend Emile Verhaeren. Rodenbach is forever associated with his symbolist evocations of an abandoned melancholy Bruges. Prodigious in short stories, novels as well as poetry, he was the first Belgian writer of his circle to move to Paris, and find support from his French counterparts. He died there of ill health in 1898 aged 43.