Four of the ten siblings had died before Louis was born. Couperus was baptized on 19 July in the Eglise wallonne in The Hague. Wyers, where he first met his later friend Henri van Booven. Here he met his cousin, Elisabeth Couperus-Baud , for the first time. In his novel De zwaluwen neergestreken The swallows flew down , he wrote about his youth: "We are cousins and have played together.
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Four of the ten siblings had died before Louis was born. Couperus was baptized on 19 July in the Eglise wallonne in The Hague. Wyers, where he first met his later friend Henri van Booven.
Here he met his cousin, Elisabeth Couperus-Baud , for the first time. In his novel De zwaluwen neergestreken The swallows flew down , he wrote about his youth: "We are cousins and have played together. We still have our baby pictures. She was dressed in a marquise dress and I was dressed as a page.
My garment was made of black velvet and I was very proud of my first travesti. We saw each other at rather large intervals. Yet I saw him often enough, as a boy and a young man, that we developed a good and familiar relationship. In he attended the opera written by Charles Gounod Le tribut de Zamora ; he later used elements of this opera in his novel Eline Vere.
Virginie la Chapelle wrote the music, and Couperus provided the lyrics for De schoone slaapster in het bosch "Sleeping beauty in the forest".
Couperus let Mrs. Bosboom-Toussaint read his novella, which she found very good. Beijers with a book cover designed by painter Ludwig Willem Reymert Wenckebach. Here Couperus continued writing poetry and his study of Dutch literature. A Bundle of Poetry and Prose" , which had received mixed reviews.
However, he did not aspire to a teaching career and decided to continue writing literature instead. Couperus is a good and a literary work". Couperus also met a new friend, writer Maurits Wagenvoort, who invited Couperus and painter George Hendrik Breitner to his home.
Couperus finished his next novel, Noodlot "Fate" in May ; this novel was then published in De Gids. Thiemeprijs D. Thieme prize, named after the noted publisher. Veen, asking permission to publish Noodlot, which offer Couperus rejected because this book was supposed to be published by Elsevier. Here Couperus decided to marry his cousin Elisabeth Couperus-Baud. The marriage took place on 9 September in The Hague.
More successes as a writer[ edit ] On 21 September , Couperus and his wife settled in a small villa at the Roeltjesweg now Couperusweg in Hilversum ;  after Couperus finished his new book Extaze in October he wrote Uitzichten "Views" and started with his new romantic and spiritual novella Epiloog "Epilogue".
Veen to publish it as a novel, but refused the offer Veen made him. Meanwhile, L. Dutch critics wrote divergent reviews about Extaze: writer and journalist Henri Borel said that, the book was something like a young boy messing with an egg, while Lodewijk van Deyssel found it great. Frederik van Eeden wrote that he had a specific aversion against the book.
He wrote about how she rested on her deathbed in his novel Metamorfoze "Metamorphosis". In September Couperus and his wife left for Italy for the second time. In Florence they stayed in a pension close to the Santa Maria Novella ; here Couperus wrote in November a sketch, Annonciatie, a literary description of the painting of the same name by Simone Martini and Lippo Memmi in the Uffizi gallery.
In an English translation was made by Alexander Teixeira de Mattos of Majesteit; reviewers were not satisfied, and in the Netherlands Couperus new novel Wereldvrede was seen by critics as a flat novel, intended for women. Apart from that Lodewijk van Deyssel wrote a review in which he asked Couperus to get lost "De heer Couperus kan van mij ophoepelen" , and Couperus himself ended his editorship at De Gids April The next city they visited was Rome, where Couperus would receive a number of bad reviews of his book Wereldvrede.
In March Couperus and his wife returned to the Netherlands. Couperus spoke with Ram about Metamorfoze. That same year Couperus spend some time in Paris. In February Couperus travelled to Berlin, where he visited Else Otten , the German translator of his books and who would also translate Psyche into German. Couperus and his wife then left for the Netherlands Dutch Indies and arrived at the end of March in Tanjung Priok.
Here Couperus started to write his new novel, Langs lijnen der geleidelijkheid Inevitable. He characterized The Hidden Force as: The Hidden Force gives back especially the enmity of the mysterious Javanese soul and atmosphere, fighting against the Dutch conqueror. In March Couperus and his wife travelled back to the Netherlands, where in De Gids the text of Inevitable was published. In he was asked to become a member of the editorial board of a new magazine called "Groot Nederland", together with W.
Couperus and his wife kept living in Nice, but Couperus went in January to Rome, where he met Pier Pander again and also received a letter from his publisher L. Meanwhile, to pay his bills, he wrote Van oude menschen, de dingen, die voorbij gaan "Of old people, the things that pass". In May Aan den weg der vreugde, a novella Couperus wrote while staying at Bagni di Lucca, was published in Groot Nederland; he received another letter from L.
Francis of Assisi " to be published in Groot Nederland. From this period on Couperus claimed that the days of novels were counted and that short stories called short novels by Couperus were the novels of the future. Couperus would write a series of short stories, which he published the then coming years in magazines such as "De Locomotief", " De Telegraaf " and the "Kroniek".
In August Couperus and his wife started a pension lodge in Nice and placed an advert in the New York Herald to attract future guests. These are the shades of my grey father, my adored mother, they are the ghosts of my sister, brother and friend. And between their shadows are the pale ghosts of the Commemorations Because the room is full of ghosts and ghosts.
My silent, staring eyes are full of tears and I feel old and tired and afraid. The book would be rewarded with the "Nieuwe Gids prize for prose" in At the end of , Couperus and his wife gave up their pension in Nice and travelled to Rome.
In Rome Couperus collected and rearranged some of his serials, which he intended to publish in a book, Schimmen van schoonheid "Shadows of Beauty". Veen were unable to agree on the payment of Couperus, Couperus then published Schimmen van schoonheid and Antiek Toerisme with publisher Van Holkema en Warendorf.
He also paid a visit to the Borgia Apartment and wrote a number of sketches about Lucrezia and Pinturicchio , who had painted her. He also visited the exhibition in the Belle Arti in Florence, where also Dutch painters exhibited their work. Couperus wrote a sketch called De jonge held "The Young Hero" about the son of friends in Italy who returned wounded from the front.
Hereafter they travelled to Naples, where Couperus admired the Farnese Hercules , which inspired him to start writing his next novel, Herakles. Couperus then stayed in Sicily, where he visited Syracuse and Messina ; he and his wife then returned to Florence.
When Couperus celebrated his 50th birthday, Het Vaderland paid tribute to him by letting his friends and admirers publish praising words. Alberdingk Thijm. On 29 September , Johan Hendrik Ram killed himself, shooting a bullet into his head.
Couperus returned to Florence later that year and attended the futuristic meeting of 12 December, which was also attended by Giovanni Papini and Filippo Tommaso Marinetti , at whom potatoes were thrown. Couperus admired them for their courage to speak despite the fact the public made so much noise they could hardly be heard.
Couperus said about new things such as futurism: The only thing that always will triumph in the end, above everything, is beauty. Papini and Couperus met in Florence and Couperus found Papini rather shy. De Wrede portretten were a series of profiles of pension guests whom Couperus had met during his travels in Rome and elsewhere.
He also had a meeting with Dutch actress Theo Mann-Bouwmeester, who suggested to change Langs lijnen van geleidelijkheid into a play; although this plan did not come into reality for Couperus it opened possibilities for his books in future.
During this time he admired the German: I admire them because they are tragic and fight a tragic struggle, like a tragic hero fights. He made a translation of Edmond Rostands Cantecler , although the play was never performed on stage. During this time Couperus started making performances as an elocutionist.
His first performance at the art room Kleykamp for an audience of students from Delft was a huge success. The decor consisted of a Buddha and a painting made by Antonio da Correggio that Abraham Bredius had lent for this occasion. Couperus read De zonen der zon Sons of the sun aloud. In these years Couperus met S. Couperus later published his travelogues made during his travels to Africa, Dutch East Indies and Japan as a result in De Haagsche Post, as well as many epigrams.
As from December he restarted writing his weekly sketch in Het Vaderland, for example Romeinsche portretten Roman portraits , during which he was inspired by Martial and Juvenal.
He also continued giving performances for the public in the evening. In he wrote the novel Het zwevende schaakbord The floating chessboard , about the adventures of Gawain ; this novel was first published as a serial in the Haagsche Post. Meanwhile, het Hofstadtoneel Residence Theater was about to perform the stage version made by Elisabeth Couperus-Baud of Eline Vere; this play received bad product reviews.
During this period of his life Couperus read the works written by Quintus Curtius Rufus , Arrian and Plutarch to find inspiration for his next work Iskander. Veen, his publisher and his brother-in-law Benjamin Marinus Vlielander Hein died that year as well. Last years[ edit ] In Iskander a novel about Alexander the Great was published in Groot Nederland; critics were not positive because of the many gay scenes. In October Couperus travelled for the Haagsche Post to Egypt; his travelogues were published weekly.
After this Couperus went back to Algiers, because he wanted to see the boxing skills of Georges Carpentier. Afterwards he wrote: I thought that in my life I have written too many books and boxed too little. The next day Couperus went to the Titmarsh club , where he met William Leonard Courtney , and heard Lady Astor , whom he had previously met in Constantine, speak in the House of Commons.
Soon after this Couperus and his wife returned to the Netherlands. He and his wife left for the Dutch East Indies on 1 October and left the boat at Belawan , because they would stay with their friend Louis Constant Westenenk at Medan. In Batavia he dined with Governor-General Dirk Fock and also held public performances, where he would read out his books. After a visit to the Borobudur Couperus and his wife visited Surabaya and Bali.
On 16 February they left for Hong Kong and Shanghai.
Otto van Oudijck is een resident van 48 jaar in de verzonnen plaats Laboewangi  aan zee bij Surabaya op Java rond Als Nederlands bestuurder staat hij boven de lokale adel, vooral de regent Raden Adipati Soerio Soenario uit de plaatselijke vorstelijke familie die haar oude machtspositie behouden heeft. Zijn werk is alles voor hem. Van Oudijck heeft daarnaast mogelijk nog een buitenechtelijke zoon die hij zich niet kan herinneren, in het dorp "si-Oudijck" genoemd, uit een eerdere kortstondige affaire met een huishoudster. Deze zoon heeft hij nooit erkend of willen zien. Theo en Si-Oudijck "zoon van Oudijck" ontmoeten elkaar een keer in het geheim.
De stille kracht
De resident Otto van Oudijck vindt de stille kracht maar onzin. Maar als hij een regent ontslaat omdat die zich op een feest onbeschoft gedragen heeft, vinden er plotseling vreemde dingen in zijn huis plaats. Zijn vrouw, die hem met meerdere minnaars bedriegt, wordt in de badkamer op onbegrijpelijke wijze met bloed bespat, een spiegel wordt door een grote steen vernield, glazen breken spontaan in kleine stukjes en er klinkt hamerslag in het huis. Het merendeel van de personages vlucht en Van Oudijck blijft alleen achter.