Woestijne, Karel van de

Woestijne, Karel van de

Woestijne, Karel van de, 1878-1929, Flemish symbolist poet and novelist. He also had some reputation as a painter. He worked for a time as journalist and from 1919 was professor of Dutch literature at the Univ. of Ghent. His early verse was semiautobiographical and explored themes of spiritual and sensual love. Such later works as De Modderen Man [the man of mud] (1920), also semiautobiographical, dealt with conflicting emotions and desires and with unrealized dreams. His prose tales were often based on legendary and biblical themes.
Karel van de Woestijne (Ghent, 10 March 1878 - Zwijnaarde, 24 August 1929) was a Flemish writer and brother of the painter Gustave van de Woestijne. He went to highschool at the Koninklijk Athenaeum (E:Royal Athenaeum) at the Ottogracht in Ghent. He also studied Germanic philology at the University of Ghent, where he came into contact with French symbolism. He lived at Sint-Martens-Latem from April 1900 up to January 1904, and from April 1905 up to November 1906. Here he wrote Laetemsche brieven over de lente, for his friend Adolf Herckenrath (1901). In 1907 he moved to Brussels, and in 1915 he moved to Pamel, where he wrote De leemen torens together with Herman Teirlinck.

From 1906 he was correspondent of the Nieuwe Rotterdamsche Courant in Brussels. Between 1920 and 1929 he taught history of Dutch literature at the University of Ghent. He was editor of successively the illustrated magazines of Van Nu en Straks (second range, 1896-1901) and Vlaanderen (1903-1907). Of the illustrated magazine Vlaanderen he became secretary of the redaction in 1906. From 1925 until his death in 1929, he lived in Zwijnaarde, nearby Ghent.

Bibliography

  • Laethemse brieven over de lente (1901)
  • Het Vaderhuis (1903)
  • De boomgaard der vogelen en der vruchten (1905)
  • Janus met het dubbele voorhoofd (1908)
  • De gulden schaduw (1910)
  • Afwijkingen (1910)
  • Kunst en geest in Vlaanderen (1911)
  • Interludiën I (1912)
  • Interludiën II (1914)
  • Goddelijke verbeeldingen (1918)
  • De bestendige aanwezigheid (1918)
  • De modderen man (1920)
  • Substrata (1924)
  • Zon in de rug (1924)
  • Beginselen der chemie (1925)
  • God aan zee (1926)
  • Het menschelijk brood (1923)
  • Christophorus (1926)
  • Het zatte hart (1926)
  • Epibasis (1927-1929)
  • De leemen torens (1928)
  • De schroeflijn (1928)
  • Het bergmeer (1928)
  • De nieuwe Esopet (1932)
  • Over schrijvers en boeken (1933)
  • Proza (omvattend : De boer die sterft, Christophorus, De heilige van het getal) (1933)
  • Verzameld werk (1928-1933)
  • Een bundeltje lyrische gedichten (1936 en 1950)
  • Romeo of De minnaar der liefde (1941)
  • Proza (omvattend : De boer die sterft, Goddelijke verbeeldingen I) (1942)
  • Nagelaten gedichten (1943)
  • Verhalen (1944)
  • Verzameld werk (8 delen, 1948-1950)
  • Verzamelde gedichten (1953)
  • Keur uit het werk van Karel Van de Woestijne (1953)
  • Journalistiek. Brieven aan de Nieuwe Rotterdamsche Courant
  • Verzamelde gedichten (1978)
  • Brieven aan Lode Outrop (1985)

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