Van der Meersch, Maxence

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Van der Meersch, Maxence Gender: M
Vandermeersch, Maxence
born on 4 May 1907 at 04:00 (= 04:00 AM )
Place Roubaix, France, 50n42, 3e10
Timezone LST m2e20 (is standard time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Geslain
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_taucol.18.gif 12°32' s_mo.18.gif s_aqucol.18.gif 02°46 Asc.s_aricol.18.gif 26°14'

Portrait of Maxence Van der Meersch 
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Maxence Van der Meersch


French Flemish writer. Van der Meersch came from a family of freethinkers,his father was a Nietzschean atheist , but he converted to Roman Catholicism in 1936. He was educated as a lawyer but turned to literature. His work has a spirit of realism describing the life of people of his native region. He married a poor working girl Thérèze Denis, against the wishes of his father who had a prestigious union for his son in mind. Still Thérèze was his true love and an inspiration for his works. They had one daughter called Sarah, the name of his sister that he lost to tuberculosis when she was 19 years old. Van der Meersch experienced great success in his lifetime. Forgotten after he died, his books experienced a revival at the end of the 80ies. In 1988 his first novel, La Maison dans la dune (1932), was made into a film by Michel Mees, with Tchéky Karyo in the principal role. In 1998 La société des Amis de Van der Meersch was created by a group of his admirers.

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  • Family trauma 27 October 1918 (death of his sister from tuberculosis)
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  • Family : Change in family responsibilities 1929 (daughter Sarah born)
  • Work : Prize 1936 (Prix Goncourt for L'Empreinte du dieu)
  • Work : Prize 1943 (Grand prix du roman de l'Académie française for Corps et âmes)

Source Notes

Collection Didier Geslain


  • Diagnoses : Major Diseases : Tuberculosis
  • Family : Childhood : Other Childhood (mother alcoholic after break-up of her marriage)
  • Personal : Religion/Spirituality : Other Rel/Spirituality (converted from atheïst to roman-catholicism 1939)
  • Vocation : Writers : Fiction