30 March, 2012

Anne de Vries

Anne de Vries was a Dutch teacher and author. In the Netherlands he became particularly famous for his novels. He was married to Alida Gerdina van Wermeskerken, the couple had five children. In 1972, de Vries got national recognition when his novel Bartje was made into a television series by Willy van Hemert. Bartje then became the symbol of the Dutch province Drenthe. De Vries wrote regional novels, most famously the coming-of-age novel "Bartje" and "Bartje seeks happiness". He also wrote Journey Through the Night, a children's book published in four volumes (first in 1951, last in 1958) about World War II. The books on Bartje can be considered Bildungsromans.

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