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12 - Louis Couperus

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Louis Marie-Anne Couperus (June 10, 1863 – July 16, 1923) was a Dutch novelist and poet of the late 19th and early 20th century. He is usually considered one of the foremost figures in Dutch literature.

Born in The Hague in 1863, Couperus grew up in a wealthy patrician family, spending part of his youth in the Dutch East Indies and going to school in Batavia (now Jakarta, Indonesia). After returning to The Hague in 1878, he published some early volumes of poetry which garnered little success or critical attention. Couperus came to fame with the publication of his first novel Eline Vere (1888), a naturalist work influenced by French novelists like Emile Zola and Gustave Flaubert. Couperus' 1891 novel Noodlot ('Footsteps of Fate') was much admired by Oscar Wilde, and many have noted stylistic similarities between Noodlot and Wilde's 1890 novel The Picture of Dorian Gray.

Couperus' later works include De Stille Kracht ('The Hidden Force', 1900) and De Berg van Licht ('The Mountain of Light', 1906), a decadent novel set at the height of the Roman Empire. His psychological novels, such as De Boeken der Kleine Zielen (1901-1902; translated as 'The Books of the Small Souls') en Van Oude Menschen, de Dingen, die Voorbij gaan... (1906: translated as 'Of old people and the Things that Pass') enjoyed much success in the English speaking countries after the First World War.

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mathilda williams17-Dec-2008 03:36
My mother has a copy of "Van Oude Menschen, de Dingen, die Voorbij gaan"....
Harrison16-Dec-2008 23:27
another good one
Jola Dziubinska14-Dec-2008 23:32
Good closeup and DOF.
Russ Rose14-Dec-2008 00:12
I like this image. It is so cool.
carol j. phipps13-Dec-2008 18:34
Excellent portrait!
Cindi Smith13-Dec-2008 00:35
Now that is one great shot of this statue of Louis Couperus. Wonderful to know more about him. Fantastic background too! v
Guest 12-Dec-2008 23:58
Great closeup!
cits_4_pets12-Dec-2008 22:12
Love the lighting and details.
J. Scott Coile12-Dec-2008 22:07
Another well-shared slice of your history!
Jean-Claude Liehn12-Dec-2008 19:34
Statues can be portraied just as human. A good example.
jlm12-Dec-2008 18:43
Nearly living !
Kerry Tingley12-Dec-2008 13:30
A lovely close-up. The detail is fantastic. Thank you for the story of his writings.
laine8212-Dec-2008 13:28
What a fine monument to one of the worlds talented people
Máire Uí Mhaicín12-Dec-2008 13:00
A fine close up giving a portrait of this writer, and an interesting biographical note to introduce him to those of us who may not have heard of him.
Sheila12-Dec-2008 09:37
This is a great close up, Maaike!
j>a>e>17 :):):)12-Dec-2008 09:21
touching tribute for lyrical louis creative couperus & with the happpeee heart o'muse~ical maaike, j>a>e>17 :):):)
Marjan Schavemaker12-Dec-2008 06:31
Mooie close-up Maaike van Couperus! V
pkocinski12-Dec-2008 03:06
Very well done image.
Yvonne12-Dec-2008 02:19
A work of art this statue, and a wonderful story Maaike!
Kathryn11-Dec-2008 20:14
What an amazing statue.