Busken Huet, Conrad

THEOLOGIAN, LITERARY CRITIC, WRITER (THE NETHERLANDS)
BORN 28 Dec 1826, Den Haag - DIED 1 May 1886, Paris: Rue de L'Université 10
GRAVE LOCATION Paris: Montparnasse Cimetière (division 17, 2e ligne, sud)

Conrad Busken Huet studied in Geneva en Lausanne and entered the chuch in Haarlem as a pastor in 1851. In 1859 he married van der Tholl and in 1860 they had a son, Gideon. In 1863 he resigned from the church and attempted a career as a journalist. He left for Java (East Indies) in 1868 to edit a newspaper. In 1872 his first volume of "Literary Fantasies" made him famous. It contained pieces of literary ctiticism. During his period on Java he wrote his only novel, "Lidewyde".

After his return for Java he settled in Paris where he lived for the rest of his life. His wrote for several newspapers and magazins, among them the Dutch literary magazine "De Gids"" His brilliant style of writing strongly contrasted with the stiff literary life in the Netherlands.

After he died in 1886 he was buried at the Montparnasse Cemetery in Paris. Anne Busken Huet was buried beside him in 1898. His long neglected grave was restored in 1995 by Luc Ingels.
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Sources
Winkler Prins Encyclopedie (editie 1909), 1909
• Heessen, Hans, Harry Jansen & Ed Schilders, Waar ligt Poot?, De Prom, Baarn, 1997
Conrad Busken Huet - Wikipedia

Images

The grave of Conrad Busken Huet at the Montparnasse cemetery, Paris.
Picture by Androom (27 Aug 2001)

 


Butler, William

Published: 30 Apr 2009
Last update: 30 Apr 2009