Hugo Claus

Born Apr 5, 1929

Hugo Maurice Julien Claus was a leading Belgian author who published under his own name as well as various pseudonyms. Claus' literary contributions spanned the genres of drama, the novel, and poetry; he also left a legacy as a painter and film director. He wrote primarily in Dutch, although he also wrote some poetry in English. His death by euthanasia, which is legal in Belgium, led to considerable controversy.… Read More

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1929 Birth Hugo Claus was born on 5 April 1929 at Sint-Janshospitaal in Bruges, Belgium. … Read More


1947 18 Years Old His first published poems had in fact been printed by his father as early as 1947.


1950 21 Years Old 1 More Event
Claus' prominence in literary circles and his debut as a novelist came in 1950, with the publication of his De Metsiers at age twenty-one.
1953 24 Years Old From February 1953 until the beginning of 1955, Hugo Claus lived in Italy where his girlfriend Elly Overzier (born in 1928) acted in a few films. They were married on 26 May 1955, and had a son, Thomas, on 7 October 1963.


1962 33 Years Old …  The 1962 De verwondering (The Astonishment) and the 1983 Het verdriet van België (The Sorrow of Belgium) rank among Claus' most significant works as a novelist. … Read More
1964 35 Years Old Claus directed seven films between 1964 and 2001.


1975 46 Years Old In the early 1970s, he had an affair with actress Sylvia Kristel, who was 23 years younger, with whom he had a son, Arthur, in 1975. The relationship ended in 1977, when she left him for actor Ian McShane.


1990 61 Years Old His film Het sacrament was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 1990 Cannes Film Festival.
2008 79 Years Old 1 More Event
Claus suffered from Alzheimer's disease and requested his life to be terminated through euthanasia, a legal procedure in Belgium, at the Middelheim Hospital in Antwerp on 19 March 2008. … Read More
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