Rodenbach, Georges

BORN 16 Jul 1855, Tournai - DIED 25 Dec 1898, Paris
CAUSE OF DEATH appendicitis
GRAVE LOCATION Paris: Père Lachaise, Rue du Repos 16 (division 15, ligne 01, w, 34)

Georges Rodenbach was educated in Gent, where he studied Law at the University. After staying in Paris for a year, he entered the bar at Brussels, where he was known for his well-spokenness.

But Rodenbach gradually turned his attention towards literature and he published verses in "La Jeune Belgique". In 1883 he lived in Brugge where his work was marked by melancholy, possibly causes by Brugge itself, but probably by the early death of his two sisters.

In 1888 he settled in Paris as a correspondant for the "Journal de Bruxelles". In 1892 his short symbolist novel "Bruges-la-Morte" was very successful. It was first published in "Le Figaro", a few months later as a book and then subsequently translated in seven languages. During the next years he published several volumes of symbolist poetry.

In 1888 Rodenbach married Anna-Maria Urbain (1860-1945). They had one son, Constantin. In Paris he was in contact with Stéphane Mallarmé, Alphonse Daudet and Auguste Rodin. He defended Rodin's work passionately in "Le Figaro". In 1894 His play "Le Voile" was produced at the Comédie-Française.

After his early death of appendicitis in 1898 he was buried at Père Lachaise. These he seems to be bursting out of his tomb, offering a rose to those who pass by.

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The grave of Georges Rodenbach at Père Lachaise, Paris.
Picture by Androom (19 Nov 2006)


• Culbertson, Judi & Tom Randall, Permanent Parisians, Robson Books, London, 1991
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Published: 21 Oct 2007
Last update: 26 Jan 2022