September 13, 1814|
Haarlem, the Netherlands
|Died||March 13, 1903
Utrecht, the 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.
In 1840 he became a minister at the Dutch Reformed Church in Heemstede. In the same year he married Aleida van Foreest. In 1848 he became correspondent of the Royal Institute of the Netherlands, when that became the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1851 he joined as member. In 1854 he moved to Utrecht where from 1874 till 1884 he was a professor in church history at the University of Utrecht.
His most famous work is Camera Obscura, which he wrote under his pseudonym during his student years.  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.
- Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Beets, Nikolaas". Encyclopædia Britannica 3 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press.
- This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Wood, James, ed. (1907). "article name needed". The Nuttall Encyclopædia. London and New York: Frederick Warne.
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