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Nicolaas Beets (Hildebrand)
Haarlem 13 Sept. 1814 - Utrecht 13 March 1903 • Dutch poet and prose writer

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Nicolaas Beets was the son of a Haarlem chemist. He began his theology studies in Leiden in 1833 and completed them in 1839 with a dissertation entitled De Aeneae Silvii, qui postea Pius papa secundus, morum mentisque mutationis rationibus. While a student he translated works by French and English romantic poets such as Walter Scott and Lord Byron, for whom he had great admiration and whom he aimed to emulate in his own writing. Under the pseudonym Hildebrand, his Camera Obscura was first published in 1839. It was this book that brought him popularity in the Low Countries. His 70th birthday, in 1884, even became a national event. The version of Camera Obscura that we know today dates from 1854, because later editions and reprints had had additional material added. In 1840 Beets became a clergyman in Heemstede, and later in Utrecht. Although there is a relationship with the moral revival (Réveil), the author strongly differed from militant dogmatists such as Da Costa, and from 1850 he was the main representative of the ethical-irenical school in the Dutch Reformed Church. From 1875 to 1884 he was a profesor of theology in Utrecht. (from: NedWeb)

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