Famous Authors from Netherlands

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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
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
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
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
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.
Anthony A. Hoekema is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Authors from Netherlands
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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