authors Famous Authors from Dutch Republic

Reference
2.1k views 12 items

List of the most popular authors from Dutch Republic, listed alphabetically with photos when available. For centuries authors have been among the world's most important people, helping chronicle history and keep us entertained with one of the earliest forms of storytelling. Whether they're known for fiction, non-fiction, poetry or even technical writing, the famous Dutch Republic authors on this list have kept that tradition alive by writing renowned works that have been praised around the world. You can find useful information below about these notable Dutch Republic writers, such as when they were born and where their place of birth was.

List features authors like Aelbert Cuyp, Anton van Leeuwenhoek, and many more

This list answers the questions, "Which famous authors are from Dutch Republic?" and "Who are the best Dutch Republic authors?"

For further information on these historic Dutch Republic authors, click on their names. If you're a bookworm then use this list of celebrated Dutch Republic authors to discover some new books that you will enjoy reading.
Baruch Spinoza is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Authors from Dutch Republic
Photo: Freebase/Public domain

Baruch Spinoza was a Dutch philosopher of Sephardi Portuguese origin. The breadth and importance of Spinoza's work was not fully realized until many years after his death. By laying the groundwork for the 18th-century Enlightenment and modern biblical criticism, including modern conceptions of the self and, arguably, the universe, he came to be considered one of the great rationalists of 17th-century philosophy. His magnum opus, the posthumous Ethics, in which he opposed Descartes' mind–body dualism, has earned him recognition as one of Western philosophy's most important thinkers. In the Ethics, "Spinoza wrote the last indisputable Latin masterpiece, and one in which the refined conceptions ...more

Works Written: A Treatise On Politics, Tractatus de Intellectus Emendatione, Œuvres complètes, Short treatise on God, man & his well being, + more

Birthplace: Amsterdam, Netherlands

Birthdate: 1632-11-24

Nationality: Dutch Republic

see more on Baruch Spinoza
Rembrandt is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Authors from Dutch Republic
Photo: Freebase/Public domain

Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn was a Dutch painter and etcher. He is generally considered one of the greatest painters and printmakers in European art and the most important in Dutch history. His contributions to art came in a period of great wealth and cultural achievement that historians call the Dutch Golden Age when Dutch Golden Age painting, although in many ways antithetical to the Baroque style that dominated Europe, was extremely prolific and innovative, and gave rise to important new genres in painting. Having achieved youthful success as a portrait painter, Rembrandt's later years were marked by personal tragedy and financial hardships. Yet his etchings and paintings were popular ...more

Works Written: The Old Testament, Rembrandt

Birthplace: Leiden, Netherlands

Birthdate: 1606

Nationality: Dutch Republic

Also Ranked

#99 on The Most Influential People of All Time

#94 on The Greatest Minds of All Time

see more on Rembrandt
Olfert Dapper is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Authors from Dutch Republic
Photo: Freebase/Public domain

Olfert Dapper was a Dutch physician and writer. He wrote books about world history and geography, although he never travelled outside the Netherlands. Even today, his book "is one of the most authoritative 17th century accounts on Africa published in German. Dapper never traveled to Africa but used reports by Jesuit missionaries and other explorers. The fine plates include views of Algiers, Benin, Cairo, Cape Town, La Valetta, Marrakech, St. Helena, Tangier, Tripoli, Tunis, as well as, animals and plants" Description of Africa is a key text for African studies. ...more

Works Written: Olfert Dapper's description of Benin (1668)

Birthplace: Netherlands, Amsterdam, European Netherlands, Kingdom of the Netherlands, North Holland

Birthdate: 1635

Nationality: Netherlands, Dutch Republic

see more on Olfert Dapper
Anton van Leeuwenhoek is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Authors from Dutch Republic
Photo: Freebase/Public domain

Antonie Philips van Leeuwenhoek was a Dutch tradesman and scientist. He is commonly known as "the Father of Microbiology", and considered to be the first microbiologist. He is best known for his work on the improvement of the microscope and for his contributions towards the establishment of microbiology. Raised in Delft, Netherlands, Leeuwenhoek worked as a draper in his youth, and founded his own shop in 1654. He made a name for himself in municipal politics, and eventually developed an interest in lensmaking. Using his handcrafted microscopes, he was the first to observe and describe single-celled organisms, which he originally referred to as animalcules, and which are now referred to as ...more

Works Written: The Collected Letters of Antoni Van Leeuwenhoek - Volume 14, The Collected Letters of Antoni Van Leeuwenhoek - Volume 17, The Collected Letters of Antoni Van Leeuwenhoek - Volume 16

Birthplace: Delft, Netherlands, South Holland, European Netherlands, Kingdom of the Netherlands

Birthdate: 1632

Nationality: Netherlands, Dutch Republic

see more on Anton van Leeuwenhoek