Lodewijk Van Deyssel

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Deyssel, Lodewijk Van


(pseudonym of Alberdingk Thijm). Born Sept. 22, 1864, in Amsterdam; died Jan. 26, 1952, in Haarlem. Dutch writer and critic.

Deyssel was a representative of the democratic movement of the Tachtigers. In 1883 he published the essay “Effusions of the New Year” and in 1886, another essay, “On Literature.” His book New Holland (1886-87) came to be the manifesto of progressive writers. He was the author of the naturalistic novels A Love Affair (1887) and The Little Republic (1889). In his books The Death of Naturalism (1891) and From Zola to Maeterlinck (1895) he announced his shift to symbolism. His novel The Life of Frank Rozelaar (1911) is permeated with individualism and mysticism. He is the author of works on “Multatuli” (pseudonym of E. D. Dekker; 1891) and E. Zola. In 1924 he published Notes, a work about Rembrandt, and in 1950, a collection of essays entitled Notes in the Margins.


Verzamelde Werken, vols. 1–2, Amsterdam, 1922.


Stokvis, B. J. L. van Deyssel. Amsterdam, 1921.
Jansonius, F. L. van Deijssel. Lochem, 1954.


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Among the leaders of the literary revival were the poets Herman Gorter, Pieter Cornelis Boutens, and Jan Hendrik Leopold; critic Lodewijk van Deyssel; dramatist Herman Heijermans; and the prose writer Louis Marie Anne Couperus.