Baekelmans, Lode

AUTHOR, MAN OF LETTERS (BELGIUM)
BORN 26 Jan 1879, Antwerpen - DIED 11 May 1965, Antwerpen
REAL NAME Baekelmans, Ludovicus Henricus
GRAVE LOCATION Antwerpen: Schoonselhof (Perk N, graf 26)

Lode Baekelmans grew up in the harbour area of Antwerp. During his youth he developed an affection for the kind of people that lived there that lasted all his life and is visible in his work.

At school he was taught by Pol de Mont. In his work he describes chaotic scenes from the Antwerp harbour with its sailors, workers and women that were often based on real people he had met. He had a busy regular job as librarian in Antwerp (from 1933 onwards chief librarian) which left him little time for writing, but he produced many novels, among them "Het rad van avontuur" (1933, "The Wheel of Adventure") and also essays and volumes of short stories. In 1951 he published "Ontmoetingen" ("Meetings") in which he described his former contemporaries.

Lode Baekelmans was married to Alida Resseler and died in 1965. He was buried at the honourary section of the Schoonselhof in Antwerp.

Sources
• Heessen, Hans, Harry Jansen & Ed Schilders, Waar ligt Poot?, De Prom, Baarn, 1997
Baekelmans

Images

The grave of Lode Baekelmans at the Schoonselhof, Antwerpen.
Picture by Androom (27 Jul 2002)

 


Bagnold, Enid

Published: 19 Dec 2009
Last update: 19 Dec 2009