Herman Teirlinck

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Teirlinck (1905)

Herman Louis Cesar Teirlinck (24 February 1879, Sint-Jans-Molenbeek – 4 February 1967, Beersel) was a Belgian writer of novels, plays, and poetry.

Career[change | change source]

He was the son of the writer Isidoor Teirlinck and Oda van Nieuwenhove. He started studies at the universities of Brussels and Ghent, but left the universities very soon. From 1902 to 1906 he worked for the Brussels city government.[1] As a journalist, he worked for newspapers and magazines. Teirlinck also wrote for the journal Van Nu en Straks.[1] He was some time teacher in high school. He was also appointed as teacher of Dutch language at the Royal Court of Belgium. Later he became private councillor for several kings of Belgium. In 1946 he founded a national drama school,[1] the Studio of the National Theatre. In 1966 it was renamed the "Hoger Instituut voor Dramatische Kunst" (Higher Institute of Dramatic Art).[2] In 1967 it was renamed again as "The Studio Herman Teirlinck".[2]

He is still famous for his classic work on Flemish plays.

Works[change | change source]

Fiction and non-fiction[change | change source]

  • Verzen (1900) (poems)
  • Landelijke historiën (1901)
  • De wonderbare wereld (1902)
  • Het stille gesternte (1903)
  • 't Bedrijf van den kwade (1904)
  • De doolage (1905)
  • Zon, een bundel beschrijvingen (1906) (essays)
  • De kroonluchter, kunstgenootschap (1907)
  • Het avontuurlijk leven van Lieven Cordaat (1908)
  • Mijnheer J.B. Serjanszoon, orator didacticus (1908)
  • Het ivoren aapje (1909)
  • Johan Doxa, `Vier herinneringen aan een Brabantschen Gothieker' (1917)
  • De Nieuwe Uilenspiegel of de jongste incarnatie van den scharlaken Thijl (1920)
  • De leemen torens (1928) (co-author Karel Van de Woestijne)
  • Elckerlyc (1937)
  • Maria Speermalie, 1875–1937 (1940)
  • De XXXX brieven aan Rolande (1944)
  • Het gevecht met de engel (1952)
  • Zelfportret of Het galgemaal (1955)
  • Wijding voor een derde geboorte (1956)
  • Dramatisch Peripatetikon (1959)
  • Verzameld werk, 8 vol. (1955–1969)
  • Verzameld werk, 9 vol. (1973)

Plays[change | change source]

  • De vertraagde film (1922)
  • Ik dien (1924)
  • De man zonder lijf (1925)
  • De wonderlijke mei (1925)
  • De ekster op de galg (1937)
  • Ave (1938)

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Paul F. State, Historical Dictionary of Brussels (Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group, 2004), p. 296
  2. 2.0 2.1 The World Encyclopedia of Contemporary Theatre: Europe, eds. Don Rubin; Peter Nagy; Philippe Rouyer (London; New York: Routledge, 2000), p. 138