Monday, May 19, 2014

Theun de Vries (The Girl with the Red Hair)

Theunis Uilke (Theun) de Vries (1907 - 2005), was a Dutch writer and poet.
De Vries was born in the Frisian town of Veenwouden. His parents moved to Apeldoorn in 1920. In 1936 he joined the Communist Party of the Netherlands and a year later he moved to Amsterdam to pursue a career in journalism. He became editor of the communist newspaper De Tribune and De Vrije Katheder. After the occupation of the Netherlands by Nazi forces he was arrested and imprisoned in Kamp Amersfoort. In 1971 he left the party without renouncing Marxism, which he continued to uphold until the end of his life.
De Vries wrote poetry and novels, both in Dutch and Frisian. Among his most acclaimed novels are Het meisje met het rode haar (The Girl withthe Red Hair) and the trilogy Februari (February), both novels about the Dutch resistance in World War II.

He died in Amsterdam at the age of 97 after having suffered from several bouts of pneumonia.

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