Jean Louvet, (born September 28, 1934, La Louviere, Belgium--died August 29, 2015, La Louviere), Belgian playwright whose main subject is the lives and sufferings of the working class.Louvet was the son of a miner. As a young man, he was influenced by Existentialism, and left-wing politics led him into work in the theatre. Strongly autobiographical, his work goes beyond ideology to embrace the history of the Walloon people of southern Belgium, about whom he writes with accuracy and affection. After a series of national strikes and much civil unrest in 1960-61, Louvet cofounded the Proletarian..
Fernand Crommelynck, (born Nov. 19, 1886, Paris, France--died March 17, 1970, Saint-Germaine-en-Laye), Belgian playwright known for farces in which commonplace weaknesses are developed into monumental obsessions.Crommelynck, who was the child of a French mother and a Belgian father, came from a family connected with the theatre and was himself trained as an actor. After some early successes in Belgium, including such plays as Nous n'irons plus au bois (1906; "We'll Not Go to the Woods Anymore"), Crommelynck won international honours with his play Le Cocu magnifique (The Magnificent..
Michel de Ghelderode, original name Adhemar Adolphe Louis Martens, (born April 3, 1898, Ixelles, Belg.--died April 1, 1962, Brussels), eccentric Belgian dramatist whose folkish morality plays resound with violence, demonism, holy madness, and Rabelaisian humour. He has affinities with Fernand Crommelynck but is bleaker and more extreme in his visions.Ghelderode was the son of Flemish parents who favoured bilingualism. His early education was cut short by illness, which enabled him to read widely. By the time he was able to return to school, he had embraced a life of writing; all told, he..