Stijn Streuvels, born Franciscus (Frank) Petrus Maria Lateur, is an important Flemish writer best known for his work "De Vlaschaard" (The Flax Field, 1907).
He was born on 3 October 1871 in Heule, Kortrijk, and died in Ingooigem, Anzegem on 15 August 1969 at the age of 98. In 1905 he married Alida Staelens. They had 4 children: Paula (1906), Paul (1909), Dina (1916) and Isa (1922). Since 1980 their house became a museum dedicated to Streuvels.
He started writing at a very young age. He was inspired by his uncle (another famous writer) Guido Gezelle. Initially his work was published in an insignificant magazine 'De jonge Vlaming'. Soon he was discovered by the editors of a new magazine 'Van Nu en Straks'. After their first encounter, Emmanuel de Bom became his mentor and advised him to publish his work in book form.
In 1936 his mentor failed to convince the Nobel committee to award the Nobel Prize to Streuvels. He became doctor honoris causa at the universities of Leuven, Münster and Pretoria.
Streuvels work usually deals with the rural life of poor farmers in Flanders. 'De teleurgang van de waterhoek' was made to a film titled Mira. Also 'De Vlaschaard' (twice) and 'De blijde dag' were filmed.