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The Belgian Symbolist writer, Maurice Maeterlinck (1862-1949), wrote his one-act play, Les Aveugles, in 1890. It has been summarised by Martin Seymour-Smith in the following way: ‘the guide of a group of blind people drops dead, and they (humanity?) are left to grope in terror until they meet a stranger – death’ (Guide to Modern World Literature, volume 2, London: Hodder & Soughton, 1975, pages 60-61). The play was first translated from French into English by the American poet, Richard Hovey, in 1894. The version broadcast by the BBC Home Service on 12 March 1944 was translated by Edward Sackville-West. Maeterlinck influenced Sackville-West’s own writing, including his first novel, The Ruin (1926), and is considered a forerunner of Samuel Beckett and Harold Pinter.