Nicolaas Beets

Nicolaas Beets

Beets, Nicolaas, 1814-1903, Dutch author. He translated Byron into Dutch and was fairly well known as a poet when his Camera Obscura (1839), published under the pseudonym Hildebrand, won great popularity. This series of nostalgic sketches of everyday life reflected Beets's wide powers of observation.

For other things named "Hildebrand", Hildebrand (disambiguation)

Nicolaas Beets (13 September 181413 march 1903) was a Dutch theologian, writer and poet. He published under the pseudonym, Hildebrand.

Nicalaas Beets was born in Haarlem, the son of a pharmacist. From 1833 till 1839 he studied theology at the university of Leiden where he received his doctorate.

In 1840 he became a minister at the Dutch Reformed Church in Heemstede. In the same year he married Aleida van Foreest. In 1854 he moved to Utrecht where from 1874 till 1884 he was a professor in church history at the University of Utrecht.

He wrote prose, poetry and sermons. As a poet, Beets came under the influence of Byronism.

His most famous work is Camera Obscura, which he wrote under the pseudonym Hildebrand during his student years. The first version appeared in 1839. In later years he kept adding stories to the work. Therefore, only in 1851, the final version was finished.

Beets died at the age of 88 in Utrecht of a brain haemorrhage.

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