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List of notable or famous novelists from the Netherlands, with bios and photos, including the top novelists born in the Netherlands and even some popular novelists who immigrated to the Netherlands. If you're trying to find out the names of famous Dutch novelists then this list is the perfect resource for you. These novelists are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known novelist from the Netherlands is included when available.

A list made up of people like Jacob Israël de Haan and Gerard Reve.

This historic novelists from the Netherlands list can help answer the questions "Who are some Dutch novelists of note?" and "Who are the most famous novelists from the Netherlands?" These prominent novelists of the Netherlands may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected Dutch novelists.

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A. F. Th. van der Heijden is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Novelists from the Netherlands
A. F. Th. van der Heijden age 66 Adrianus Franciscus Theodorus van der Heijden is a Dutch writer. Van der Heijden initially studied psychology and philosophy in Nijmegen. After moving to Amsterdam he turned to writing. His ...more

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Aagje Deken is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Novelists from the Netherlands
Aagje Deken Died at 63 (1741-1804) Aagje Deken was a Dutch writer. Agatha Deken was born in 1741. In 1745 her parents died and she went to live in the 'Oranje Appel' orphanage in Amsterdam, where she remained until 1767. After ...more

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Albert Hagenaars is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Novelists from the Netherlands
Albert Hagenaars age 63 Albert Hagenaars is an award-winning Dutch author and poet. Some of his poetry collections are: Stadskoorts, Spertijd and Curfew, Intriges, Tropendrift / Tropical Drift and Drijfjacht. His ...more

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Antoon Coolen is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Novelists from the Netherlands
Antoon Coolen Died at 64 (1897-1961) Antoon Coolen was a well-known Dutch writer of novels. He has written the Boekenweekgeschenk for the Boekenweek of 1947 and a novel that was part of the Boekenweekgeschenk in 1939.

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Aristide von Bienefeldt is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Novelists from the Netherlands
Aristide von Bienefeldt age 53 Aristide von Bienefeldt is a Dutch writer whose first novel - Bekentenissen van een Stamhouder - was both praised and criticized by the Dutch and the Flemish press because of its explicit ...more

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Arnon Grünberg is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Novelists from the Netherlands
Arnon Grünberg age 47 Arnon Yasha Yves Grunberg is a Dutch writer of novels, essays, and columns. He wrote some of his work under the heteronym Marek van der Jagt. He lives in New York.

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Betje Wolff is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Novelists from the Netherlands
Betje Wolff Died at 66 (1738-1804) Elizabeth Wolff-Bekker was a Dutch writer. Betje Bekker was born into a wealthy Calvinist family at Vlissingen. On 18 November 1759, at the age of 21, she married the 52-year-old clergyman ...more

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Carel van Nievelt is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Novelists from the Netherlands
Carel van Nievelt Died at 70 (1843-1913) Carel van Nievelt was a Dutch novelist and journalist who also published using the pseudonyms Gabriël and J. van den Oude. He wrote travel stories and fantasies.

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Cees Nooteboom is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Novelists from the Netherlands
Cees Nooteboom age 84 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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Chris van Abkoude is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Novelists from the Netherlands
Chris van Abkoude Died at 80 (1880-1960) Chris van Abkoude was a Dutch writer and novelist of mostly children's books. He wrote the series of Pietje Bell novels from 1914 to 1936 and many books in between. He moved to the U.S.A in 1916 ...more

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Conrad Busken Huet is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Novelists from the Netherlands
Conrad Busken Huet Died at 60 (1826-1886) Conrad Busken Huet was a Dutch literary critic.

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F. Springer is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Novelists from the Netherlands
F. Springer Died at 79 (1932-2011) F. Springer was the pseudonym of Carel Jan Schneider, a Dutch foreign service diplomat and writer. Schneider was born in Batavia, Dutch East Indies. He spent World War II in a Japanese ...more

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Ferdinand Bordewijk is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Novelists from the Netherlands
Ferdinand Bordewijk Died at 81 (1884-1965) Ferdinand Bordewijk was a Dutch author. His style, which is terse and symbolic, is considered New Objectivity and magic realism. He was awarded the prestigious P.C. Hooftprijs in 1953 and the ...more

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Frederik Willem van Eeden is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Novelists from the Netherlands
Frederik Willem van Eeden Died at 72 (1860-1932) 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

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Gerard Reve is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Novelists from the Netherlands
Gerard Reve Died at 83 (1923-2006) 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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Gerrit Paape is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Novelists from the Netherlands
Gerrit Paape Died at 51 (1752-1803) Gerrit Paape Delft was a Dutch plateelschilder, poet, journalist, novelist, judge, columnist and ministerial civil servant.

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Harry Mulisch is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Novelists from the Netherlands
Harry Mulisch Died at 83 (1927-2010) 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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Hella Haasse is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Novelists from the Netherlands
Hella Haasse Died at 93 (1918-2011) 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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Hendrik Jan Schimmel is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Novelists from the Netherlands
Hendrik Jan Schimmel Died at 83 (1823-1906) Hendrik Jan Schimmel, Dutch poet and novelist, was born at 's-Graveland, in the province of North Holland, where his father was a notary and the burgomaster. From 1836 to 1842 Schimmel served in ...more

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Ida Vos is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Novelists from the Netherlands
Ida Vos Died at 75 (1931-2006) Ida Vos was a Dutch author. She wrote books for adults and children. In most of her books, Vos wrote about her experiences as a Jewish girl during the Second World War. Her best-known book was ...more

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Isabelle de Charrière is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Novelists from the Netherlands
Isabelle de Charrière Died at 65 (1740-1805) Isabelle de Charrière, known as Belle van Zuylen in the Netherlands, née Isabella Agneta Elisabeth van Tuyll van Serooskerken, and [Madame] Isabelle de Charrière elsewhere, ...more

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J. Slauerhoff is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Novelists from the Netherlands
J. Slauerhoff Died at 38 (1898-1936) Jan Jacob Slauerhoff, who published as J. Slauerhoff, was a Dutch poet and novelist. He is considered one of the most important Dutch language writers.

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Jacob Israël de Haan is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Novelists from the Netherlands
Jacob Israël de Haan Died at 43 (1881-1924) Jacob Israël de Haan was a Dutch Jewish literary writer and journalist who was assassinated in Jerusalem by the Jewish paramilitary organization Haganah for his anti-Zionist political ...more

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Jacob van Lennep is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Novelists from the Netherlands
Jacob van Lennep Died at 66 (1802-1868) Jacob van Lennep was a Dutch poet and novelist.

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Jan de Hartog is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Novelists from the Netherlands
Jan de Hartog Died at 88 (1914-2002) 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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Jan Wolkers is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Novelists from the Netherlands
Jan Wolkers Died at 82 (1925-2007) Jan Hendrik Wolkers was a Dutch author, sculptor and painter. Wolkers is considered one of the "Great Four" writers of post-World War II Dutch literature, alongside Willem Frederik ...more

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Janwillem van de Wetering is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Novelists from the Netherlands
Janwillem van de Wetering Died at 77 (1931-2008) Janwillem Lincoln van de Wetering was the author of a number of works in English and Dutch.

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Judith Mok is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Novelists from the Netherlands
Judith Mok age 60 Judith Mok born in Bergen, North Holland is a Dutch soprano, author and poet, who lives in Ireland and has released novels and many articles in English.

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Karel van het Reve is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Novelists from the Netherlands
Karel van het Reve Died at 78 (1921-1999) Karel van het Reve was a Dutch writer, translator and literary historian, teaching and writing on Russian literature. He was born in Amsterdam and was raised as a communist. He lost his 'faith' ...more

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Louis Couperus is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Novelists from the Netherlands
Louis Couperus Died at 60 (1863-1923) 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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Maria Barnas is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Novelists from the Netherlands
Maria Barnas age 44 Maria Barnas is a Dutch writer, poet and artist. MARIA BARNAS She lives and works in Amsterdam and Berlin. Both in her written work, including novels, poetry and essays and in her visual work, ...more

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Michel Faber is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Novelists from the Netherlands
Michel Faber age 57 Michel Faber is a Dutch-born writer of fiction, including his 2002 novel The Crimson Petal and the White.

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Michiel van Kempen is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Novelists from the Netherlands
Michiel van Kempen age 61 Michaël Henricus Gertrudis van Kempen is a Dutch writer, art historian and literary critic. He has written novels, short stories, essays, travel literature and scenarios. He was the ...more

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Multatuli is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Novelists from the Netherlands
Multatuli Died at 67 (1820-1887) Eduard Douwes Dekker, better known by his pen name Multatuli, was a Dutch writer famous for his satirical novel, Max Havelaar, which denounced the abuses of colonialism in the Dutch East

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Nicolaas Beets is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Novelists from the Netherlands
Nicolaas Beets Died at 89 (1814-1903) Nicolaas Beets was a Dutch theologian, writer and poet. He published under the pseudonym, Hildebrand.

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Nikolaes Heinsius the Younger is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Novelists from the Netherlands
Nikolaes Heinsius the Younger Died at 62 (1656-1718) Nikolaes Heinsius the Younger was a Dutch physician and writer. Heinsius was an illegitimate son of Nikolaes Heinsius the Elder and his long term Swedish-born partner, Margaretha Wullen. With ...more

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Piet Bakker is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Novelists from the Netherlands
Piet Bakker Died at 63 (1897-1960) Piet Oege Bakker was a Dutch journalist and author. He was joint editor for many years of the weekly magazine Elseviers Weekblad. His most famous work was the trilogy written between 1941 and ...more

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Robert van Gulik is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Novelists from the Netherlands
Robert van Gulik Died at 57 (1910-1967) 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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Saskia Noort is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Novelists from the Netherlands
Saskia Noort age 50 Saskia Noort is a Dutch crime-writer and freelance journalist. She has written articles for the Dutch editions of Marie Claire and Playboy as well as publishing three novels, The Dinner Club ...more

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Theodor Holman is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Novelists from the Netherlands
Theodor Holman age 65 Theodor Holman is a Dutch journalist, presenter, and writer of Indo descent. He studied Dutch language and History at the University of Amsterdam. He was editor of the satirical student ...more

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Theun de Vries is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Novelists from the Netherlands
Theun de Vries Died at 98 (1907-2005) Theunis Uilke de Vries, was a Dutch writer and poet.

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Willem Frederik Hermans is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Novelists from the Netherlands
Willem Frederik Hermans Died at 74 (1921-1995) 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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Xander Michiel Beute is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Novelists from the Netherlands
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