Eeden, Frederik van

Eeden, Frederik van

(frā`dərĭk vän ā`dən), 1860–1932, Dutch novelist and poet, a practicing physician. He founded a cooperative farm colony (1898). His work is pervaded by deep mysticism; best known is the novel trilogy De kleine Johannes (1885–1906, tr. The Quest, 1907). His dramas include the tragicomedy Ijsbrand (1908, tr. Ysbrand, 1910).
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Eeden, Frederik Van


Born Apr. 3, 1860, in Haarlem; died June 16,1932, in Bussum. Dutch writer.

Eeden, one of the “men of the eighties,” was a founder and editor of the journal De nieuwe gids. His most significant work is his Little Johannes (also known as The Quest; parts 1–3, 1887–1906; Russian translation, 1914). Eeden’s enthusiasm for Christian socialism was reflected in the plays The Brothers (1894) and Lioba (1897); however, the play The Promised Land expresses disenchantment with social reconstruction. Eeden’s enthusiasm for Catholicism is reflected in his collection To My Guardian Angel and Other Poems.


Gedichten: Een bloemlezing. Amsterdam-Antwerp, 1949.
Dagboek, 1878–1923. vols. 1–4. Culemborg [1971–72].


Tricht, H. W. van. Frederik van Eeden: Denker en strijder. Amsterdam, 1934.
Verwey, A. Frederik van Eeden. Santpoort, 1939.
Duinkerken, A. “Frederik van Eeden.” De Gids, 1960, no. 5.
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