Maurice Polydore Marie Bernard Maeterlinck wrote “The Life of the Bee” in 1901. He was a Belgian playwright, poet, and essayist who was Flemish, but wrote in French. This beautiful, leather-bound edition of “The Life of the Bee”, was translated into English in 1929 by Alfred Sutro (to whom the author dedicated this work).
Maurice Maeterlinck was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1911: “in appreciation of his many-sided literary activities, and especially of his dramatic works, which are distinguished by a wealth of imagination and by a poetic fancy, which reveals, sometimes in the guise of a fairy tale, a deep inspiration, while in a mysterious way they appeal to the readers’ own feelings and stimulate their imaginations”.
Perhaps a little florid in expression and fanciful in concept, Maeterlinck’s verbosity would struggle in the 140-character straightjacket of Twitter. The inside cover also yielded an artefact, ripped from another time – the 3rd September 1996 obituary for Adam Kehrle, otherwise known as Brother Adam of Buckfast Abbey, from The Independent.
Thank you, Jonathan, for your breathtaking gift.