Medaillon of Monument dedicated to Edmond de la Fontaine (alias Dicks) by Nina Grach-Jascinsky (1966), place named "Dicksgärtchen", Vianden, Luxembourg.

Edmond de la Fontaine (24 July 1823 – 24 June 1891), better known by his pen name of Dicks, was a Luxembourgian jurist, poet, and lyricist, known for his work in the Luxembourgish language. He is considered the national poet of Luxembourg, and, along with Michel Lentz and Michel Rodange, one of the most important figures in the history of Luxembourgian literature. In addition, his Luxemburger Sitten und Bräuche was one of the most influential early ethnographies on the Luxembourgian people.

Fontaine was the third son of Gaspard-Théodore-Ignace de la Fontaine, who was appointed Governor of Luxembourg in 1841, and subsequently served as the country's first Prime Minister in 1848. Fontaine studied at Liège and Heidelberg from 1844 until 1847, before becoming a lawyer in 1850. From 1867 until 1870, he served as mayor of Stadtbredimus, in eastern Luxembourg's Moselle Valley. He lived in Stadtbredimus Castle from 1858 to 1881 when he became a Justice of the Peace in Vianden, where he would live for the last decade of his life.




  • Liss, du bass mäi Caprice
  • Den Hexemeeschter


  • Scholdschäin (the first play written in Luxembourgish)
  • De Koséng
  • Mumm Séiss
  • Kiirmesgäscht
  • Op der Juecht


  • De Wëllefchen a de Fiischen
  • D'Vulleparlament am Gréngewald
  • Am Wanter


  • Luxemburger Sitten und Bräuche, Luxemburg: Brück 1883 (in German)
  • Die luxemburger Kinderreime, Luxemburg: Bück 1877


  • The Dicks-Lentz Monument at the west end of Place d'Armes in Luxembourg City was built in 1903 to honor Dicks and Michel Lentz.

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