Dirk Volkertszoon Coornhert

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Coornhert, Dirk Volkertszoon


Born 1522 in Amsterdam; died Oct. 29,1590, in Gouda. Dutch writer and philolo-gist.

An outstanding humanist, Coornhert was persecuted by the church. Humanist ideas permeate his moralistic tract, Ethics, or the Polite Art (1586), and his poetry. Protest against social in-equality is an element of the Comedy of Love and Suffering (1567). Coornhert was a spokesman for the purity and national originality of the Dutch language. He translated 12 songs from Homer’s Odyssey, 50 novellas by Boccaccio, and the works of Erasmus of Rotterdam into Dutch.


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