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One hundred years ago two of Holland's most famous writers of this century were born in the province of Friesland: on 14 September 1898 Jan Jacob Slauerhoff and on 17 October 1898 Simon Vestdijk.

Slauerhoff and Vestdijk were not just contemporaries. In Leeuwarden they both attended the same high school; both studied medecine in Amsterdam, and after their examinations both were employed as ship's doctor. Slauerhoff published his first poems in 1918 in "Propria Cures"; Vestdijk in 1926 in "De Vrije Bladen". Information about and work by Slauerhoff and Vestdijk is available for instance at the SchrijversNet, Project Laurens Jz Coster and De Nederlandse Letteren.

To commemmorate the 100th anniversary of Slauerhoff a special exhibition has been opened in the Amsterdam Maritime Museum: Slauerhoff, dichter op zee.
In the Frisian Literary Museum and Documentation Centre an exhibition opens this month on Vestdijk and Fryslân.
A special Vestdijk anniversary stamp was issued earlier this year.


 
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Last modified: 6 October 1998   Golden oldies
Editor: Bert Zeeman