Stijn Streuvels


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Streuvels, Stijn

 

(pen name of Frank Lateur). Born Oct. 3, 1871, in Heule, near the city of Kortrijk; died Aug. 15, 1969, in Ingooigem, near Kortrijk. Belgian writer who wrote in Flemish.

Streuvels began publishing in 1895; he was a contributor to the journal Van Nu en Straks (Today and Tomorrow). He was one of the first Belgian writers to depict the village toiler, in his short-story collection The Path of Life (1899). The novel Old Jan (1902) realistically portrayed the exhausting labor of the peasant. Streuvels’ pessimism intensified in the novels Love Affairs (1903), The Flax Field (1907), and The Flowers of Life (1938) and in the short-story collection Workmen (1926). Streuvels’ works are humane, spontaneous, and lyrical. His novella Prutske (1922) and the autobiographical novella Heule (1942) subtly portrayed the psychology of a child.

WORKS

Volledige werken. Amsterdam, 1950–55.
In levenden lijve. Bruges, 1966.

REFERENCES

Andreev, L. G. Sto let Bel’giiskoi literatury. Moscow, 1967. Pages 233–40.
Knuvelder, G. Stijn Streuvels. Brussels, 1964.
Speliers, H. Omtrent Streuvels. Bruges, 1968.
Demedts, A. Stijn Streuvels. Utrecht-Bruges, 1971. (Bibliography on pp. 375–78.)

V. V. DANCHEV

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This substantial exchange of letters between the prolific portrayer of the Flemish countryside, Stijn Streuvels, and his urbane friend Emmanuel de Born is only part of an extraordinary correspondence that stretches from the end of the nineteenth century to the middle of the twentieth.
Op de openbare vergadering van de Academie hier in Beauvoorde in de zomer van 1967, sprak mijn illustere voorganger, zowel aan de universiteit als in de Academie, professor Jose Aerts, alias Albert Westerlinck, een feestrede uit ter gelegenheid van Stijn Streuvels' zestigjarig lidmaatschap van onze Academie (Aerts, 1967:519-525).
In 1918, Flake, Hausenstein and Huebner all wrote for that Berlin newspaper, with Huebner contributing pieces on Charles de Coster (10 February), 'Fruhling in Brussel' (10 April), 'Flamisches Literaturleben' (18 Apr il), 'Die flamische Nationalbuhne' (27 April), 'Der flamische Vasari' (18 June), 'Das belgische Worpswede' (4 September), a visit to Stijn Streuvels (17 September) and, most importantly, 'Expressionismus in Fandern' (1 November).