Vermeylen, August

Vermeylen, August

(ou`go͝ost vĕrmī`lən), 1872–1945, Flemish writer and critic. Active in the Flemish literary revival, he was the chief founder (1893) of the journal Van Nu en Straks [today and tomorrow]. He was professor of literature and of art history at the Univ. of Brussels (1901–23), and in 1930 he was named rector of the Flemish Univ. of Ghent. In addition to many works of literary and art criticism, he wrote poetry and a novel, De wandelende Jood [the wandering Jew] (1906).
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Vermeylen, August


Born May 12, 1872, in Brussels; died Oct. 12, 1945, in Uccle. Belgian writer, philologist, and critic of the arts. Professor at the University of Brussels.

Vermeylen wrote in Flemish and was one of the founders of the journal Van Nu en Straks (1893), which played a significant role in the development of Flemish literature. In 1921 he became a senator representing the Socialist Party. In his novel The Wandering Jew (1906) he endeavored to embody the symbolic search for the harmonious ideal in life. The autobiographical work Two Friends (1943) shows the influence of Flaubert. Vermeylen is the author of Flemish Literature From Gezelle to the Present, the last edition of which appeared in 1963.


Verzameld werk, vols. 1-6, Brussels, 1951-[63].


Venstermans, J. A. Vermeylen. [Bruges, 1965.]
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