Born Nov. 10, 1577, in Brouwershaven; died Sept. 12, 1660, in Zorgh-vliet, near The Hague. Dutch poet; lawyer by profession.
Cats’ literary career began at the age of 40. His principal works—Marriage (1625), Mirror of Old and New Times (1632), Betrothal Ring (1637), Old Age, Rural Life, and Thoughts on Farming in Zorgh-vliet (1656), and the autobiographical Eighty Years of My Life (1657)—are didactic and reflect a strict Calvinist morality. Cats depicts manners and customs within the framework of everyday concerns and bourgeois virtues and vices.
WORKAile de werken van Jacob Cats, vols. 1–2. Dordrecht, 1880.
REFERENCESKorsakov, P. Iakov Kats, poet, myslitel’ i muzh soveta. St. Petersburg, 1839.
Duinkerken, A. van. Het tweede plan, Jacob Cats. Amsterdam, 1945.
Brachin, P. La Littérature néerlandaise. Paris, 1962.