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Famous Writers from Netherlands

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
    Dec. at 77 (1931-2008)
    • Birthplace: Rotterdam, Netherlands
    • Nationality: Netherlands, United States of America
    • Works: Comme un rat mort, De zaak IJsbreker, Just a corpse at twilight, Hard Rain, The Perfidious Parrot
  • A. C. Baantjer
    Dec. at 86 (1923-2010)
    • Birthplace: Urk, Netherlands
    • Nationality: Netherlands
  • Rembrandt
    Dec. at 63 (1606-1669)
    • Birthplace: Leiden, Kingdom of the Netherlands
    • Nationality: Dutch Republic
  • Ian Buruma
    Age: 70
    • Birthplace: The Hague, Kingdom of the Netherlands
    • Nationality: Netherlands
    • Works: Bad Elements: Chinese Rebels From Los Angeles to Beijing, Murder in Amsterdam: The Death of Theo van Gogh and the Limits of Tolerance, Inventing Japan, The Rise of Modern Japan, The China Lover: A Novel
  • John Gabriel Stedman
    Dec. at 53 (1744-1797)
    • Birthplace: Netherlands
    • Nationality: Netherlands, United Kingdom
    • Works: Narrative of a five years expedition against the revolted Negroes of Surinam, Stedman's Surinam
    • Birthplace: The Hague, Netherlands
    • Nationality: Netherlands
    • Works: Under the Skin, The Crimson Petal and the White, The Apple, The Hundred and Ninety-nine Steps, Die Weltenwanderin.
  • Anne Frank
    Dec. at 15 (1929-1945)
    • Birthplace: Frankfurt, Germany
    • Nationality: Germany
    • Works: The Diary of a Young Girl, Anne Frank's Tales from the Secret Annex, The works of Anne Frank, Mooie-zinnenboek
  • Vincent van Gogh
    Dec. at 37 (1853-1890)
    • Birthplace: Zundert, Kingdom of the Netherlands
    • Nationality: Netherlands
    • Works: Vincent Van Gogh: The Drawings, The Works of Vincent van Gogh: His Paintings and Drawings, Vincent by Himself, Van Gogh in Arles, Van Gogh on Art and Artists: Letters to Emile Bernard
    • Birthplace: Amstelveen, Kingdom of the Netherlands
    • Nationality: Netherlands
    • Works: Bringing Up Bobby
  • Dick Bruna
    Age: 94
    • Birthplace: Utrecht, Netherlands
    • Nationality: Netherlands
    • Works: I Can Count, Miffy in the Snow, Miffy Is Crying (Miffy, Miffy's First Sleepover, Miffy at play
  • Age: 82
    • Birthplace: Venlo, Netherlands
    • Nationality: Netherlands, Australia
    • Works: Lonely Hearts, Innocence, A Woman's Tale, Island, Exile
  • Cornelis Vreeswijk
    Dec. at 50 (1937-1987)
    • Birthplace: IJmuiden, Netherlands
    • Nationality: Netherlands
    • Works: Tältet, Ballader och grimascher, Poem, ballader och lite blues, Dikter
    • Birthplace: Amsterdam, Netherlands
    • Nationality: Netherlands
    • Works: Black Book, Flesh and Blood, Soldier of Orange, Entertainment Experience
  • Harry Mulisch
    Dec. at 83 (1927-2010)
    • Birthplace: Haarlem, Netherlands
    • Nationality: Netherlands
    • Works: The Assault, The Discovery of Heaven, The Assault, De wijn in drinkbaar dank zij het glas, De Ontdekking van de Hamal
    • Birthplace: Eindhoven, Kingdom of the Netherlands
    • Nationality: Netherlands
  • Leo Lionni
    Dec. at 89 (1910-1999)
    • Birthplace: Amsterdam, Netherlands
    • Nationality: Netherlands
    • Works: Inch by Inch, Frederick, Alexander and the Wind-Up Mouse, Swimmy, Nadarín
    • Birthplace: Nijmegen, Kingdom of the Netherlands
    • Nationality: Netherlands, Indonesia, United States of America
    • Birthplace: Europe, Eurasia, United Kingdom, London, England
    • Nationality: Netherlands, United Kingdom, England
    • Works: Shame, Hunger, Caribs' leap
  • Bert Haanstra
    Dec. at 81 (1916-1997)
    • Birthplace: Holten, Kingdom of the Netherlands
    • Nationality: Netherlands
    • Works: Glass, Trafic, Fanfare, The Human Dutch, Zoo
  • Joris Ivens
    Dec. at 90 (1898-1989)
    • Birthplace: Nijmegen, Netherlands
    • Nationality: Netherlands
    • Works: The Spanish Earth, A Tale of the Wind, Rain, Misère au Borinage, Songs of Heroes
    • Birthplace: The Hague, Netherlands
    • Nationality: Netherlands
    • Works: Roads to Santiago, In the Dutch mountains, L'Histoire suivante, Rollende stenen, In de Bergen van Nederland
  • Fons Rademakers
    Dec. at 86 (1920-2007)
    • Birthplace: Roosendaal, Netherlands
    • Nationality: Netherlands
    • Works: The Village on the River, Like Two Drops of Water
  • Hella Haasse
    Dec. at 93 (1918-2011)
    • Birthplace: Jakarta, Indonesia
    • Nationality: Netherlands, Indonesia
    • Works: Des nouvelles de la maison bleue, Uitzicht, nieuwer testament, Zelfportret als legkaart, Threshold of Fire
    • Birthplace: Heemskerk, Netherlands
    • Nationality: Netherlands, Australia
    • Works: Ten Canoes, Bad Boy Bubby, Epsilon, Incident at Raven's Gate, The Tracker
  • Theo van Gogh
    Dec. at 47 (1957-2004)
    • Birthplace: The Hague, Netherlands
    • Nationality: Netherlands
    • Works: Submission, May 6th, Blind Date, Charley, Loos