George Rodenbach was a Belgium writer. He was born on July 16, 1855. His mother was French, his father was German.
He wrote many things during his life, from poems to short stories to novels to stage performances to criticisms. His most famous work was Bruges-la-Morte. David Bowie made reference to him in the song "Dancing Out in Space" on the 2013 album, The Next Day.
He died on December 25, 1898. He was 43.
His grave is located in Cimetière du Père Lachaise in Praise, France. The bronze figure is of Rodenbach himself. It holds a rose in it's hand as it brakes out of it's grave. It has oxidized over the years, making it look like a romantic zombie, loving his woman even in death.