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Simon Vestdijk

Simon Vestdijk
Simon Vestdijk
Born October 17, 1898
Harlingen, Netherlands
Died 23 March 1971(1971-03-23) (aged 72)
Occupation Novelist, Essayist, Poet
Nationality Dutch
Period 1930-1971
Genre Historical novel
Literary movement Modernism
Notable works Back to Ina Damman, Anton Wachter Cycle [8 novels; 1934-1960], The Garden Where the Brass Band Played
Notable awards Constantijn Huygens Prize (1955)
Statue of Simon Vestdijk in Doorn

Simon Vestdijk (Dutch pronunciation: ; October 17, 1898 – March 23, 1971) was a Dutch writer.

Born in the small town of Harlingen, Vestdijk studied medicine in Amsterdam, but turned to literature after a few years as a doctor. He became one of the most important 20th-century writers in the Netherlands.[1] His prolificness as a novelist was legendary, but he was at least as important as an essayist on e.g., literature, art, music and religion. He also wrote poetry and short stories. His work has been translated into most Western European languages.

Bibliography (selection)

  • Kind tussen vier vrouwen (Child between four women, written 1933, first published 1972)
  • Terug tot Ina Damman (Return to Ina Damman, 1934)
  • Else Böhler (1935)
  • Meneer Visser's hellevaart (Mr. Visser's perdition, 1936)
  • De nadagen van Pilatus (The last days of Pilate, 1938)
  • Aktaion onder de sterren (Aktaion under the stars, 1941)
  • Ierse nachten (Irish nights, 1946)
  • De Toekomst der Religie (The future of Religion, 1947)
  • Pastorale 1943 (1948)
  • De redding van Fré Bolderhey (Fré Bolderhey's salvation, 1948)
  • De kellner en de levenden (The waiter and the living, 1949)
  • De koperen tuin (The brass garden, also, The garden where the brass band played, 1950)
  • Ivoren wachters (Ivory guardians, 1951)
  • Het glinsterend pantser (The shining armour, 1956)
  • De ziener (The seer, 1959)
  • Een moderne Antonius (A modern Anthony, 1960)
  • Het wezen van de angst (The essence of Angst, 1968)


  1. ^ Text. University of Michigan Press. 2003. p. 212.  

External links

  • (Dutch)
  • Works by or about Simon Vestdijk in libraries (WorldCat catalog)
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