Bosboom-Toussaint, Anna Louisa Geertruida

Bosboom-Toussaint, Anna Louisa Geertruida

(ä`nä lo͞oē`zä hārtroi`dä bôs`bōm-to͝osăN`), 1812–86, Dutch novelist. She published her first novel, Almagro, in 1837. Her perceptive historical fiction was written in ornate and purposely archaic style. One of her chief works treated modern life; this epistolary novel, Majoor Frans (1874, tr. Major Frank, 1886), exhibits a real appreciation of the problems of women.
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Bosboom-Toussaint, Anna Louisa Geertruida

 

Born Sept. 16, 1812, in Alkmaar; died Apr. 13, 1886, in The Hague. Dutch author. Her first work was published in 1837. She was influenced by F. Schiller, W. Scott, and the French romantics. Most of her novels deal with the history of the Netherlands: The Earl of Devonshire (1838), The English in Rome (1839), Het Huis Lauernesse (1840), a trilogy on the Earl of Leicester (1846–55), Count Pepoli (1860), The Wonder Doctor from Delft (1870), and others. The novel Majoor Frans (1874) centers around the problem of women’s emancipation.

WORKS

Romantische werken, vols. 1–25. Rotterdam-The Hague, 1885–88.

REFERENCES

Dyserinck, i.A.L. G. Bosboom-Toussaint. The Hague, 1911.
Bouvy, J. M. C. Idee en werkwijze van Mevrouw Bosboom-Toussaint. Rotterdam, 1935.
Reeser, H. De jeugdjaren van A. L. G. Toussaint. Haarlem, 1962.
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