Hendrik Jan Schimmel


Hendrik Jan Schimmel

Hendrik Jan Schimmel (June 30, 1823 - 1906), Dutch poet and novelist, was born at 's-Graveland, in the province of North Holland, where his father was a notary and the burgomaster.

From 1836 to 1842 Schimmel served in his father's office, and upon his death he worked in the office of the agent of the Dutch Treasury in Amsterdam, in 1849 he took a post with the Dutch Trading Company there. In 1863 he became a director of the Amsterdam Credit Association. His first volume of poems appeared in 1852; but his lterary position was made as a writer of historical dramas in blank verse and one of the regenerators of the Dutch stage. His finest production was "Struensee" (1868), which was preceded by "Napoleon Bonaparte" (1851) and "Juffrouw Serklaas" ("Mrs Serklaas," 1857).

Among his other dramatic works were "Joan Woutersz" (a drama, 1847), "Twee Tudors" ("Two Tudors," 1847), "Gondelbald" (1848), "Schuld en Boete" ("Guilt and Retribution," a drama, 1852), "Het Kind van Slaat" ("The State Child," a dramatic fragment, 1859); "Zege na Strijd" ("Struggle and Triumph," a drama, 1878). Schimmel's renderings of Casimir de la Vigne's "Louis XI.", Geibel's "Sophonisbe", and Ponsard's "Lucréce" are also still acted in the Netherlands.

His novels are distinguished by their vigorous style and able characterization. The earlier, better-known ones betray the writer's English proclivities. The plots of "Mary Hollis" (1860, 3 vols, English translation, London 1872, under the title of "Mary Hollis, a Romance of the Days of Charles II. and William, Prince of Orange", 3 vols) and of "Mylady Carlisle" (1864, 4 vols) are laid in England, whereas those of his "Sinjeur Semeyns" (1875, 3 vols), a powerful picture of the terrible year 1672, and of "De Kapitein van de Lijfgarde" (1888, 3 vols, English adaptation, 1896, under the title of "The Lifeguardsman", 1 vol.), a continuation of "Master Semeyns", are almost entirely centred in Holland.

He had many points of style and manner in common with Madame Bosboom-Toussaint, though both remained highly original in their treatment. Both finally reverted to essentially national subjects. To the earlier romances of Schimmel belong: "Bonaparte en zyn Tyd" ("Bonaparte and his Time," 1853), "De Eersie Dag eens Nieuwen Levens" ("The First Day of a New Life," 2 vols, 1855), "Sproken en Vertellingen" ("Legends and Tales," 1855), "Ben Haagsche Joffer" ("A Hague Damsel," 1857), "De Vooravond der Revolutie" ("The Eve of the Revolution," 1866).

Schimmel was an early collaborator of Potgieter on the "De Gids" staff. His dramatic works appeared in a collected edition in 1885-1886 at Amsterdam (3 vols), followed by a complete and popular issue of his novels (Schiedam, 1892).----


Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Schimmel — is a German, Dutch surname and may refer to: * Dr. Annemarie Schimmel (1922 2003), German Islam scholar * Hendrik Jan Schimmel * Jason Schimmel * Michael Schimmel * Robert Schimmel * Wilhelm Schimmel, Piano manufacturer * William Schimmel See… …   Wikipedia

  • Schimmel [3] — Schimmel, Hendrik Jan, niederländ. Dichter und Schriftsteller, geb. 30. Juni 1824 in s Graveland, war erst in Handelsgeschäften tätig, später Direktor des Niederländischen Kreditvereins und lebt jetzt im Ruhestand zu Bussum. Er trat zuerst als… …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Нидерланды* — Содержание: 1) География. 2) История. 3) Литература и язык. 4) Искусство. 1) Нидерланды [Карту Н. см. при статье Бельгия.] (Nederlanden, Niederlande, Pays Bas). Королевство нидерландское лежит между 50°45 и 53°33 сев. шир. и 1°4 и 4°52 вост. долг …   Энциклопедический словарь Ф.А. Брокгауза и И.А. Ефрона

  • Нидерланды — I Содержание: 1) География. 2) История. 3) Литература и язык. 4) Искусство. 1) Нидерланды [Карту Н. см. при статье Бельгия.] (Nederlanden, Niederlande, Pays Bas). Королевство нидерландское лежит между 50°45 53°33 сев. шир. и 1°4 4°52 вост. дол.;… …   Энциклопедический словарь Ф.А. Брокгауза и И.А. Ефрона

  • Liste De Poètes De Langue Néerlandaise — Cette page énumère les poètes ayant écrit en néerlandais (Pays Bas et Belgique). Voir aussi: Liste de poètes néerlandais, Liste d auteurs flamands Bertus Aafjes Gerrit Achterberg Nel Benschop J.C. Bloem Gerbrand Adriaensz Bredero Stefan van den… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Liste de poetes de langue neerlandaise — Liste de poètes de langue néerlandaise Cette page énumère les poètes ayant écrit en néerlandais (Pays Bas et Belgique). Voir aussi: Liste de poètes néerlandais, Liste d auteurs flamands Bertus Aafjes Gerrit Achterberg Nel Benschop J.C. Bloem… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Liste de poètes de langue néerlandaise — Cette page énumère les poètes ayant écrit en néerlandais (Pays Bas et Belgique). Voir aussi : Liste de poètes néerlandais, Liste d auteurs flamands Bertus Aafjes Gerrit Achterberg Nel Benschop J.C. Bloem Gerbrand Adriaensz Bredero Stefan van …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Niederländische Literatur — Niederländische Literatur. Die schone Literatur der Niederländer fängt in der zweiten Hälfte des 12. Jahrh. an mit Heinrich von Veldeke (s. d., Bd. 9), einem Edelmann aus dem Südlimburgischen. Seine erste Dichtung (in südlimburgischer Mundart. s …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Niederländische Literatur — Niederländische Literatur, Die Nationalliteratur der Niederländer hat eine universalgeschichtliche Bedeutung nicht erreicht, sondern nur zuweilen einen vorübergehenden u. beschränkten Einfluß zunächst nur über die deutschen Grenzen hin… …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Gouden Eeuw — Das Goldene Zeitalter (niederl.: de gouden eeuw) bezeichnet in der Geschichte der Niederlande eine rund einhundert Jahre andauernde wirtschaftliche und kulturelle Blütezeit, die grob mit dem 17. Jahrhundert zusammenfällt. In dieser Epoche stieg… …   Deutsch Wikipedia


Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.