Pieter Corneliszoon Hooft (March 16, 1581 - May 21, 1647), was a Dutch historian, poet and playwright from the period known as the Dutch Golden Age.
Pieter Corneliszoon Hooft, often abbreviated to P.C. Hooft
, was born in Amsterdam
as the son of the then mayor, Cornelis Hooft
He founded the Muiderkring, a literary society located at his home, the Muiderslot, the castle of Muiden in which he got to live due to his appointment as sheriff of Muiden. Among the members were the poets and playwrights G.A. Bredero and Joost van den Vondel. He, Bredero, and Vondel were also founders of the First Nederduytsche Academy.
In 1647, he died at the age of 66 in The Hague.
Hooft was a prolific writer of plays
, but he concentrated from 1618 onwards on writing his history of the Netherlands (Nederlandsche historiën
), inspired by Roman historian Tacitus
. His focus was primarily on the Eighty Years' War
between The Netherlands
As a poet, he was influenced by his Renaissance contemporaries in France and Italy.
- Emblemata amatoria: afbeeldingen van minne (1611)
- Nederlandse historiën (1642-1656)
In present-day Amsterdam
Pieter Corneliszoon Hooft gives his name to PC Hooftstraat, the city's main destination for expensive designer clothes shopping. The south-western end of PC Hooftstraat runs into the city's main park, the Vondelpark, named for his friend Joost van den Vondel
(see Life above).
In 1947, 300 years after P.C. Hooft died, a literary prize in his name was instituted by the Dutch government. An independent foundation annually awards the prize. Initially it was awarded for specific works, but in recent years it is awarded based on the entire collection of a writer.