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Famous Writers from Netherlands

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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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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 68
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
Dec. 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 59
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
Dec. 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 diary The Diary of a Young Girl has been the basis for ...more
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Vincent van Gogh is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Writers from Netherlands
Dec. 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 54
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 92
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 79
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
Dec. 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 81
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
Dec. 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 76
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
Dec. 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 64
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 50
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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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 86
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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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 68
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
Dec. 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