Krains (1862-1934) was a Belgian post official and
writer. Born in the poor
Steadily growing through the ranks, he was elected secretary of the Universal Postal Union in 1895. He stayed on until 1911. In 1908 he published the book L'Union Postale Universelle, sa fondation et son développement (The Universal Postal Union, its foundation and its development).
From 1925 to 1928 he was general director of the Belgian Post.
Although his profession made him relocate many times, he was clearly marked by his first twenty years of rural life in a poor environment. This is shown clearly in his writings that are lively documents of the rural life at the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th centuries.
His first writings were published in the symbolist
review La Wallonie.
Guided by the famous writer Mockel and later by
Georges Eekhoud, he started to read Anglo-Saxon and
Russian writers. After a brief nostalgic period, due to his relocation to
The end of his life was rather sad since he was
progressively forgotten; his last two books were commercial failures. Krains died crushed by a train in a