Nicolaas Beets

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Nicolas Beets
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Born (1814-09-13)September 13, 1814
Haarlem, the Netherlands
Died March 13, 1903(1903-03-13) (aged 88)
Utrecht, the Netherlands
Pen name Hildebrand
Occupation Protestant minister
Nationality Netherlands
Subject Short autobiographical stories
Notable works Camera Obscura

Nicolaas Beets (13 September 1814 – 13 March 1903) was a Dutch theologian, writer and poet. He published under the pseudonym, Hildebrand.


Nicolaas 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.[1]

His most famous work is Camera Obscura, which he wrote under his pseudonym during his student years. [1] Though it was first published in 1839, he added stories in later editions, so the final version was not published until 1851.

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

Hildebrand Monument in Haarlemmerhout, Haarlem, with characters from the Camera Obscura.



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