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List of famous writers from Netherlands, listed alphabetically with photos when available. Netherlands is home to many prolific writers, including those who write fiction, non-fiction, poetry, biographies and more. These are some of the best Dutch writers that have ever lived, so if you're a native of Netherlands and an aspiring writer then use this list as inspiration to achieve your own writing goals.

List writers range from Willem Marinus Dudok to Pieter Zeeman.

This list answers the questions, "Who are popular Dutch writers?" and "Which writers are from Netherlands?"

You can click on the names of these renowned writers of Netherlands in order to get more information about each one. Some of these historic writers may no longer be living in Netherlands, but they're all of Netherlands descent.

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Janwillem van de Wetering is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Writers from Netherlands
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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A. C. Baantjer is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Writers from Netherlands
Died at 87 (1923-2010) Albert Cornelis "Appie" Baantjer, often simply known as Baantjer, was a Dutch novelist of detective fiction and a former police officer. He is mainly known for his large series of ...more

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Rembrandt is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Writers from Netherlands
Died at 63 (1606-1669) 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. ...more

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Ian Buruma is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Writers from Netherlands
age 67 Ian Buruma is an Anglo-Dutch writer and academic who lives and works in the United States. Much of his work focuses on the culture of Asia, particularly that of China and 20th-century Japan. He ...more

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John Gabriel Stedman is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Writers from Netherlands
Died at 53 (1744-1797) John Gabriel Stedman was a distinguished British–Dutch soldier and noted author. He was born in 1744 in Dendermonde, which then was in the Austrian Netherlands, to Robert Stedman, a Scot and an ...more

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Michel Faber is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Writers from Netherlands
age 58 Michel Faber is a Dutch-born writer of fiction, including his 2002 novel The Crimson Petal and the White.

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Anne Frank is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Writers from Netherlands
Died at 16 (1929-1945) Annelies Marie "Anne" Frank was a diarist and writer. She is one of the most discussed Jewish victims of the Holocaust. Her wartime diary The Diary of a Young Girl has been the basis ...more

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Vincent van Gogh is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Writers from Netherlands
Died at 37 (1853-1890) 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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Famke Janssen is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Writers from Netherlands
age 53 Famke Beumer Janssen is a Dutch actress, director, screenwriter, and former fashion model. She played Xenia Onatopp in GoldenEye, Jean Grey/Phoenix in the X-Men film series, Ava Moore on ...more

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Dick Bruna is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Writers from Netherlands
age 91 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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Paul Cox is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Writers from Netherlands
age 78 Paulus Henriqus Benedictus "Paul" Cox is an award-winning Australian film director.

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Cornelis Vreeswijk is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Writers from Netherlands
Died at 50 (1937-1987) 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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Paul Verhoeven is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Writers from Netherlands
age 80 Paul Verhoeven is a Dutch film director, screenwriter, and producer who has made movies in the Netherlands and the United States. Explicit violent and/or sexual content and social satire are ...more

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Harry Mulisch is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Writers from Netherlands
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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Jan de Bont is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Writers from Netherlands
age 75 Jan de Bont is a Dutch cinematographer, producer, and film director.

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Leo Lionni is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Writers from Netherlands
Died at 89 (1910-1999) 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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Eddie Van Halen is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Writers from Netherlands
age 63 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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Steve McQueen is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Writers from Netherlands
age 49 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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Bert Haanstra is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Writers from Netherlands
Died at 81 (1916-1997) Albert 'Bert' Haanstra was a Dutch film director of films and documentaries. His documentary Glass won the Academy Award for Documentary Short Subject in 1959. His feature film Fanfare was the ...more

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Joris Ivens is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Writers from Netherlands
Died at 91 (1898-1989) Joris Ivens was a Dutch documentary filmmaker and communist.

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Cees Nooteboom is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Writers from Netherlands
age 85 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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Fons Rademakers is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Writers from Netherlands
Died at 87 (1920-2007) Fons Rademakers was a Dutch filmmaker and actor. His 1960 film Makkers Staakt uw Wild Geraas was entered into the 11th Berlin International Film Festival, where it won the Silver Bear Award. ...more

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Hella Haasse is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Writers from Netherlands
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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Rolf de Heer is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Writers from Netherlands
age 67 Rolf de Heer is a Dutch Australian film director. De Heer was born in Heemskerk in the Netherlands but migrated to Sydney when he was eight years old. He attended the Australian Film, Television ...more

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Theo van Gogh is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Writers from Netherlands
Died at 47 (1957-2004) Theodoor "Theo" van Gogh was a Dutch film director, film producer, columnist, author and actor. Van Gogh worked with the Somali-born writer and politician Ayaan Hirsi Ali to produce ...more

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Johan van der Keuken is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Writers from Netherlands
Died at 63 (1938-2001) Johan van der Keuken was a Dutch documentary filmmaker, author, and photographer. In a career that spanned 42 years, Keuken produced 55 documentary films, six of which won eight awards. He also ...more

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Hany Abu-Assad is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Writers from Netherlands
age 57 Hany Abu-Assad is a Dutch-Palestinian film director. He has received two Academy Award nominations: in 2006 for his film Paradise Now, and again in 2013, at the 86th Awards for his film Omar.

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Hendrik Willem van Loon is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Writers from Netherlands
Died at 62 (1882-1944) Hendrik Willem van Loon was a Dutch-American historian, journalist, and award-winning children's book author.

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Anton Corbijn is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Writers from Netherlands
age 63 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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Rem Koolhaas is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Writers from Netherlands
age 74 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) 31 on the list Famous Writers from Netherlands
Died at 101 (1909-2010) 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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Dick Maas is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Writers from Netherlands
age 67 Dick Maas is a Dutch film director, screenwriter, film producer and film composer. Maas achieved notoriety after the success of his music videos for the Dutch band Golden Earring, including ...more

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Max Velthuijs is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Writers from Netherlands
Died at 82 (1923-2005) 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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Meindert DeJong is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Writers from Netherlands
Died at 85 (1906-1991) 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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Alex Benno is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Writers from Netherlands
Died at 80 (1872-1952) Alex Benno was a Dutch film actor, screenwriter and director of the silent era. He appeared in 15 films between 1913 and 1920.

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Abraham Pais is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Writers from Netherlands
Died at 82 (1918-2000) 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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Pieter Jan Brugge is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Writers from Netherlands
age 63 Pieter Jan Brugge is a Dutch film producer. He was born in Deventer, Netherlands. In 1979, he graduated from the Netherlands Film and Television Academy in Amsterdam, and was subsequently ...more

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Menno Meyjes is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Writers from Netherlands
age 64 Menno Meyjes is a Dutch-born screenwriter, film director and producer. Meyjes moved to the United States in 1972 and studied at San Francisco Art Institute. He was nominated for several awards ...more

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Leonard Retel Helmrich is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Writers from Netherlands
age 59 Leonard Retel Helmrich is a Dutch cinematographer and film director of Indo descent. He was born the 16th of August 1959 in Tilburg, Netherlands and has lived in Amsterdam since 1982. He ...more

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Alex van Warmerdam is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Writers from Netherlands
age 66 Alex van Warmerdam is a Dutch screenwriter, film director, and actor. He is also a painter.

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Hetty Naaijkens-Retel Helmrich is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Writers from Netherlands
age 63 Hetty Naaijkens-Retel Helmrich raised in the Netherlands, is the director of Scarabeefilms. She has produced several award-winning documentaries.

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Eric de Kuyper is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Writers from Netherlands
age 76 Eric de Kuyper is a Flemish-Belgian and Dutch writer, semiologist, art critic, and experimental film director. Fictionalized autobiographical novels, written in the 3rd-person, account for most ...more

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Jan de Hartog is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Writers from Netherlands
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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Cornelis Drebbel is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Writers from Netherlands
Died at 61 (1572-1633) 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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Robert van Gulik is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Writers from Netherlands
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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Guido Pieters is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Writers from Netherlands
Guido Pieters age 70 Guido Pieters is a Dutch film director. After directing various large Dutch movie projects and successful TV series during the 1980s and early 1990s, Pieters became a productive director in the ...more

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Paul Driessen is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Writers from Netherlands
age 78 Paul Driessen is a Dutch film director, animator and writer. His short films have won more than fifty prizes all over the world, including the Life Achievement Awards at both Ottawa and Zagreb ...more

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Ayaan Hirsi Ali is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Writers from Netherlands
age 49 Ayaan Hirsi Ali is a Somali-born American activist, writer, and politician. She is known for her views critical of female genital mutilation and Islam and supportive of women's rights and ...more

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Mohamed Al-Daradji is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Writers from Netherlands
age 40 Mohamed Al-Daradji is an Iraqi Dutch film director. Al-Daradji is a dual Dutch-Iraqi citizen. He studied theatre directing in Baghdad and fled to The Netherlands following the murder of his ...more

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Hugo Grotius is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Writers from Netherlands
Died at 62 (1583-1645) 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