Voorbijgaande schaduwen, Arthur van Schendel


Voorbijgaande schaduwen, Arthur van Schendel. Dutch, octavo, 196 pages, bound in linen with dust cover. Published by J.M. Meulenhoff in Amsterdam. Condition very good, first edition.

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Arthur François Emile van Schendel (Batavia (Dutch East Indies), 5 March 1874 – Amsterdam, 11 September 1946) was a Dutch writer of an extensive oeuvre. His best-known novels include A Wanderer in Love, The Frigate Ship Johanna Maria, A Dutch Drama and The World a Dance Party. Van Schendel lost his father, lieutenant colonel of the Indian army Charles George Henri François van Schendel at a young age. After his HBS education in Amsterdam, he was first trained for the theater, then for education. Subsequently, he was a teacher in England for a while and an English teacher in the Netherlands. After three years of marriage, Van Schendel lost his first wife; he remarried in 1908, settled as a literator first in Ede and later in Sestri Levante, Italy, until 1945. Van Schendel was an admirer of Gorter. He had many friends in the literary world: besides Gorter Willem Witsen, Willem Kloos and Albert Verwey, among others. He later met Jan Toorop and Aart van der Leeuw (with whom he had extensive correspondence on style issues), Henriette Roland Holst and her husband Richard Roland Holst. It is striking that Van Schendel wrote his novels playing in Italy in the Netherlands and his novels playing in the Netherlands in Italy. In 1938, Van Schendel was appointed by three professors of Dutch literature – N.A. Donkersloot, P.N. van Eyck and C.G.N. de Vooys – officially nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature. After the liberation of Italy, Van Schendel took to the streets and got a brain haemorrhage. From that moment he was partially paralyzed. He was transported to the Netherlands, but continued to struggle with his health and died in 1946 in Amsterdam.

Source: https://nl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arthur_van_Schendel_(schrijver)


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