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List of the most popular authors from Netherlands, 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 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 writers, such as when they were born and where their place of birth was.

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Wil Huygen is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Authors from Netherlands
Wil Huygen Gnomes, Les gnomes, The Secret Book of Gnomes Wil Huygen, was a Dutch book author. He is best known for the picture books on Gnomes, illustrated by Rien Poortvliet. Huygen, a painter in his own right, was born in Amersfoort, the ...more

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Joost Meerloo is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Authors from Netherlands
Along the fourth dimension, Patterns of panic, Aftermath of peace Joost Abraham Maurits Meerloo was a Dutch Doctor of Medicine and psychoanalyst. Born as Abraham Maurits "Bram" Meerloo in The Hague, Netherlands, he came to United States in 1946, was ...more

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Walther Bothe is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Authors from Netherlands
Die Streuung von Elektronen in schrägen Folien, Vom Atom zum Weltsystem, Der Streufehler bei der Ausmessung von Nebelkammerbahnen im Magnetfeld Walther Wilhelm Georg Bothe was a German nuclear physicist, who shared the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1954 with Max Born. In 1913, he joined the newly created Laboratory for Radioactivity at the ...more

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Aldert Van der Ziel is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Authors from Netherlands
Solid state physical electronics, Noise in solid state devices and circuits, Introduction to electronic circuits Prof. Dr. Aldert van der Ziel, was a Dutch physicist who studied electronic noise processes in materials such as semiconductors and metals.

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Anthony A. Hoekema is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Authors from Netherlands
Anthony A. Hoekema Holy Spirit baptism, The Meaning of the Millennium, The four major cults Anthony Andrew Hoekema was a Calvinist minister and theologian who served as professor of Systematic theology at Calvin Theological Seminary, Grand Rapids, for twenty-one years.

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Gerard Reve is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Authors from Netherlands
De Vierde Man, De Avonden Gerard Kornelis van het Reve was a Dutch writer. He started writing as Simon van het Reve and adopted the shorter Gerard Reve in 1973. Together with Willem Frederik Hermans and Harry Mulisch, he ...more

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Vincent van Gogh is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Authors from Netherlands
Vincent Van Gogh: The Drawings, Van Gogh on Art and Artists: Letters to Emile Bernard, Vincent's Colors: Words and Pictures by Vincent Van Gogh Vincent Willem van Gogh was a major Post-Impressionist painter. He was a Dutch artist whose work had a far-reaching influence on 20th-century art. His output includes portraits, self portraits, ...more

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Dick Bruna is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Authors from Netherlands
I Can Count, Miffy in the Snow, Miffy Is Crying (Miffy Dick Bruna is a Dutch author, artist, illustrator and graphic designer. Bruna is best known for his children's books which he authored and illustrated, now numbering over 200. His best known ...more

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Harry Mulisch is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Authors from Netherlands
The Discovery of Heaven, The Assault, Die Prozedur. Harry Kurt Victor Mulisch was a Dutch writer. He wrote more than 80 novels, plays, essays, poems and philosophical reflections. These have been translated into more than 30 languages. Along with ...more

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Leo Lionni is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Authors from Netherlands
An extraordinary egg, Six Corbeaux, Una Piedra Extraordinaria Leo Lionni was an author and illustrator of children's books. Born in the Netherlands, he moved to Italy and lived there before moving to the United States in 1939, where he worked as an art ...more

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Janwillem van de Wetering is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Authors from Netherlands
The Perfidious Parrot, The Japanese corpse, Afterzen Janwillem Lincoln van de Wetering was the author of a number of works in English and Dutch.

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Cornelis Vreeswijk is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Authors from Netherlands
Ballader och grimascher, Grimascher och telegram, Poem Cornelis Vreeswijk was a singer-songwriter, poet and actor born in IJmuiden in the Netherlands. He emigrated to Sweden with his parents in 1949 at the age of twelve. He was educated as a social ...more

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Otto Frank is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Authors from Netherlands
Love, Otto: The Legacy of Anne Frank, Dear Cara : Letters From Otto Frank; Anne's Father Shares His Wisdom Otto Heinrich "Pim" Frank was a German-born businessman and the father of Anne Frank and Margot Frank. As the sole member of his family to survive the Holocaust, he inherited Anne's ...more

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Annie M.G. Schmidt is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Authors from Netherlands
Pippelu, der kleine Bär, Waaidorp Anna Maria Geertruida "Annie" Schmidt was a Dutch writer. She is called the mother of the Dutch theatrical song and the queen of Dutch children's literature, praised for her ...more

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Cees Nooteboom is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Authors from Netherlands
Roads to Santiago, Philip and the Others, In the Dutch mountains Cees Nooteboom is a Dutch novelist, poet, and journalist. He has won numerous literary awards and has been mentioned as a candidate for the Nobel Prize in literature.

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Willem Frederik Hermans is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Authors from Netherlands
The Darkroom of Damocles, De woeste wandeling, grote medelijden Willem Frederik Hermans was a Dutch author of poetry, novels, short stories, plays, as well as booklength studies, essays, and literary criticism. His most famous works are The House of Refuge, ...more

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Robert van Gulik is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Authors from Netherlands
The Chinese Bell Murders, The Haunted Monastery, The Phantom of the Temple Robert Hans van Gulik was an orientalist, diplomat, musician, and writer, best known for the Judge Dee historical mysteries, the protagonist of which he borrowed from the 18th-century Chinese ...more

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Hella Haasse is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Authors from Netherlands
Transit, Les jardins de Bomarzo, Uitgesproken Hélène "Hella" Serafia Haasse was a Dutch writer, often referred to as "the Grand Old Lady" of Dutch literature, and whose novel Oeroeg was a staple for ...more

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Gerrit Komrij is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Authors from Netherlands
De pagode, Maagdenburgse halve bollen, en andere gedichten Gerrit Jan Komrij was a Dutch poet, novelist, translator, critic, polemic journalist and playwright. He rose to prominence in the early 1970s writing poetry that sharply contrasted with the ...more

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Johan Huizinga is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Authors from Netherlands
The Autumn of the Middle Ages, Homo Ludens, Erasmus and the Age of Reformation Johan Huizinga, was a Dutch historian and one of the founders of modern cultural history.

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Hendrik Willem van Loon is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Authors from Netherlands
The Story of Mankind, The Fall of the Dutch Republic, Van Loon's geography Hendrik Willem van Loon was a Dutch-American historian, journalist, and award-winning children's book author.

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Max Velthuijs is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Authors from Netherlands
Sapo Y El Ancho Mundo, The painter and the bird, Broga Yw Broga Max Velthuijs was a Dutch painter, illustrator and writer, one of the most famous children's illustrators in the Netherlands. In 2004 he received the Hans Christian Andersen Medal for his ...more

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Abraham Pais is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Authors from Netherlands
Lectures on dispersion relations, Niels Bohr's times, A tale of two continents Abraham Pais was a Dutch-born American physicist and science historian. Pais earned his Ph.D. from University of Utrecht just prior to a Nazi ban on Jewish participation in Dutch universities ...more

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Meindert DeJong is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Authors from Netherlands
The House of Sixty Fathers, The Wheel on the School, The tower by the sea Meindert De Jong, sometimes spelled de Jong, DeJong or Dejong was a Dutch-born American writer of children's books. He won the international Hans Christian Andersen Award in 1962 for his ...more

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Willem de Kooning is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Authors from Netherlands
Willem de Kooning, Willem de Kooning, Willem de Kooning in East Hampton Willem de Kooning was a Dutch American abstract expressionist artist who was born in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. In the post-World War II era, de Kooning painted in a style that came to be ...more

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Jan de Hartog is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Authors from Netherlands
The Fourposter, Stella, The trail of the serpent Jan de Hartog was a Dutch playwright, novelist and occasional social critic who moved to the United States in the early 1960s and became a Quaker.

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Steve McQueen is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Authors from Netherlands
Caribs' leap Steven Rodney "Steve" McQueen CBE is an English film director, producer, screenwriter, and video artist. For his 2013 film, 12 Years a Slave, a historical drama adaptation of an 1853 ...more

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Hugo Grotius is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Authors from Netherlands
On the Law of War and Peace, Mare Liberum, Le droit de la guerre Hugo Grotius, also known as Huig de Groot, Hugo Grocio or Hugo de Groot, was a jurist in the Dutch Republic. With Francisco de Vitoria and Alberico Gentili he laid the foundations for ...more

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Frederick Franck is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Authors from Netherlands
Pilgrimage to now/here, Art as a way, The awakened eye Frederick Sigfred Franck was a painter, sculptor, and author of more than 30 books on Buddhism and other subjects who was known for his interest in human spirituality. He was a native of The ...more

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J. Bernlef is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Authors from Netherlands
Haalt de jazz de eenentwintigste eeuw?, Hoe wit kijkt een eskimo, Schijngestalten Hendrik Jan Marsman, better known by his pen name J. Bernlef, was a Dutch writer, lyricist, novelist and translator. He won numerous awards for his work, including the Constantijn Huygens Prize ...more

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Abraham Kuyper is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Authors from Netherlands
Mujeres Del Nuevo Testamento/ Women of the New Testament, The death and resurrection of Christ, Om de oude wereldzee Abraham Kuijper, generally known as Abraham Kuyper, was a Dutch journalist, statesman and Neo-Calvinist theologian. He was a master organizer. He founded a new church, a newspaper, the Free ...more

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Corrie ten Boom is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Authors from Netherlands
The Hiding Place, This Day Is the Lord's, Amazing Love Cornelia "Corrie" ten Boom was a Dutch Christian who, along with her father and other family members, helped many Jews escape the Nazi Holocaust during World War II. She was imprisoned ...more

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Karel Appel is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Authors from Netherlands
Appel's appels, Werk op papier, Karel Appel Christiaan Karel Appel was a Dutch painter, sculptor, and poet. He started painting at the age of fourteen and studied at the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam in the 1940s. He was one of the founders ...more

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Eddie Van Halen is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Authors from Netherlands
Edward Lodewijk "Eddie" Van Halen is a Dutch-born American musician, songwriter and producer. He is best known as the lead guitarist, keyboardist and co-founder of the hard rock band ...more

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Christiaan Huygens is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Authors from Netherlands
Treatise on Light, Abhandlung über das Licht, Horologium oscillatorium sive de motu pendularium Christiaan Huygens, FRS was a prominent Dutch mathematician and scientist. He is known particularly as an astronomer, physicist, probabilist and horologist. Huygens was a leading scientist of ...more

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Louis Couperus is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Authors from Netherlands
The Hidden Force, Inevitable, Eline Vere Louis Marie-Anne Couperus was a Dutch novelist and poet. His oeuvre contains a wide variety of genres: lyric poetry, psychological and historical novels, novellas, short stories, fairy tales, ...more

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Rem Koolhaas is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Authors from Netherlands
S, M, L Remment Lucas "Rem" Koolhaas is a Dutch architect, architectural theorist, urbanist and Professor in Practice of Architecture and Urban Design at the Graduate School of Design at ...more

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Miep Gies is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Authors from Netherlands
Forget Me Not, Anne Frank Remembered Hermine Santruschitz, better known as Miep Gies, was one of the Dutch citizens who hid Anne Frank, her family and four other Jews from the Nazis in an annex above Anne's father's business ...more

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Henri Nouwen is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Authors from Netherlands
Reaching out, With open hands, Life of the Beloved Henri Jozef Machiel Nouwen, was a Dutch-born Catholic priest, professor and writer. His interests were rooted primarily in psychology, pastoral ministry, spirituality, social justice and ...more

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Marlene Dumas is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Authors from Netherlands
Most Wanted, Marlene Dumas, The question of human pink Marlene Dumas is a South African born artist and painter who lives and works in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. In the past Dumas produced paintings, collages, drawings, prints and installations. ...more

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Orlande de Lassus is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Authors from Netherlands
The Complete Motets 15, Orlandus Lassus en Antwerpen, 1554-1556 Roland de Lassus was a Netherlandish or Franco-Flemish composer of the late Renaissance. He is today considered to be the chief representative of the mature polyphonic style of the ...more

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Max Euwe is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Authors from Netherlands
Inleiding tot computer en automatisering, Meister gegen Amateur, My Best Games 1920 1937 Machgielis "Max" Euwe, PhD was a Dutch chess Grandmaster, mathematician, and author. He was the fifth player to become World Chess Champion. Euwe also served as President of FIDE, the ...more

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Maarten 't Hart is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Authors from Netherlands
De nakomer, Het Woeden der Gehele Wereld, Onder de korenmaat Maarten 't Hart is a Dutch biologist who studied zoology and ethology at the University of Leiden and taught that subject before becoming a full-time writer in the 1980s, having made his debut ...more

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Paul Biegel is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Authors from Netherlands
Paul Biegel The King of the Copper Mountains, El Osito Berreon / The Bear, De brieven van de generaal Paul Biegel was a successful and prolific Dutch writer of children's literature.

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Cornelis Drebbel is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Authors from Netherlands
Grondige Oplossinge + Quinta Essentia, Kort begrip...van de elementen, quinta essentia en primum mobile Cornelis Jacobszoon Drebbel was the Dutch builder of the first navigable submarine in 1620. Drebbel was an innovator who contributed to the development of measurement and control systems, optics ...more

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Hans Koning is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Authors from Netherlands
The revolutionary, The world of Vermeer, 1632-1675 Hans Koning, author of over 40 fiction and non-fiction books, was also a prolific journalist, contributing for almost 60 years to many periodicals including The New York Times, International ...more

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Hans de Beer is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Authors from Netherlands
Hans de Beer Little Polar Bear, Ahoy There, Little Polar Bear Hans de Beer is a writer.

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Cornelius Van Til is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Authors from Netherlands
An Introduction to Systematic Theology, The confession of 1967, its theological background and ecumenical significance Cornelius Van Til was a Christian philosopher, Reformed theologian, and presuppositional apologist.

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Anton Corbijn is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Authors from Netherlands
Anton Corbijn Star trak, 33 still lives Anton Johannes Gerrit Corbijn van Willenswaard is a Dutch photographer, music video director, and film director. He is the creative director behind the visual output of Depeche Mode and U2, ...more

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Frederik Willem van Eeden is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Authors from Netherlands
Van de koele meren des doods, De kleine Johannes, The Bride Of Dreams Frederik Willem van Eeden was a late 19th-century and early 20th-century Dutch writer and psychiatrist. He was a leading member of the Tachtigers, and had top billing among the editors of De ...more