Pieter Corneliszoon Hooft
|This article does not cite any references or sources. (March 2008)|
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, poems and letters, but he concentrated from 1618 onwards on writing his history of the Netherlands (Nederduytsche Historiën), inspired by Roman historian Tacitus. His focus was primarily on the Eighty Years' War between the Netherlands and Spain.
- Geeraerdt van Velsen ( 1613)
- Achilles en Polyxena (1614)
- Theseus en Ariane (1614)
- Granida (1615)
- Warenar (1616)
- Baeto, oft oorsprong der Holanderen (1626)
- Emblemata amatoria: afbeeldingen van minne (1611)
- Nederduytsche Historiën (1642-1656)
In present-day Amsterdam Pieter Corneliszoon Hooft gives his name to P. C. Hooftstraat, the city's main destination for expensive designer clothes shopping. The south-western end of P. C. Hooftstraat runs into the city's main park, the Vondelpark, named for his friend Joost van den Vondel (see Life above). In many other Dutch cities, there are other streets named after Hooft, many of them also called P. C. Hooftstraat.
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.
Sculpture of P.C. Hooft in the castle Muiderslot
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Pieter Corneliszoon Hooft.|
- Works of Hooft in the Laurens Janszoon Coster project (Dutch)
- P.C. Hooft (1581-1647) - pictures of P.C. Hooft