Belgian author whose best-known works include Volksliederen and Vlaamsche Bibliographie. In 1862, he published his sole historical novel, Robert van Valois te Gent.
He served as Chief Clerk of Ghent's Fondsenblad and began working as secretary of the Flemish Academy in 1886.
He founded the Davidsfonds, a Roman Catholic organization dedicated to promoting Flemish literature and art.
He was born in Ghent, Belgium.
He and poet Henri Michaux were both born in nineteenth-century Belgium.