Kees Fens

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Kees Fens
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Born(1929-10-18)18 October 1929
Died14 June 2008(2008-06-14) (aged 78)
NationalityFlag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands

Kees Fens (18 October 1929 in Amsterdam 14 June 2008) was a Dutch writer, essayist and literary critic. [1]

Amsterdam Capital city of the Netherlands and municipality

Amsterdam is the capital city and most populous municipality of the Netherlands. Its status as the capital is mandated by the Constitution of the Netherlands, although it is not the seat of the government, which is The Hague. Amsterdam has a population of 854,047 within the city proper, 1,357,675 in the urban area and 2,410,960 in the metropolitan area. The city is located in the province of North Holland in the west of the country but is not its capital, which is Haarlem. The Amsterdam metropolitan area comprises much of the northern part of the Randstad, one of the larger conurbations in Europe, which has a population of approximately 8.1 million.

Netherlands Constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Europe

The Netherlands is a country located mainly in Northwestern Europe. The European portion of the Netherlands consists of twelve separate provinces that border Germany to the east, Belgium to the south, and the North Sea to the northwest, with maritime borders in the North Sea with Belgium, Germany and the United Kingdom. Together with three island territories in the Caribbean Sea—Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba— it forms a constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The official language is Dutch, but a secondary official language in the province of Friesland is West Frisian.

Essay Written work often reflecting the authors personal point of view

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Fens received the P. C. Hooft Award in 1990. In 1999 he received the Laurens Janszoon Costerprijs. [2]

P. C. Hooft Award Dutch literature award

The P.C. Hooft Award is a Dutch language literary lifetime achievement award. The annual award is alternately given for prose (fiction), essays (non-fiction) and poetry. The award was established in 1947 as a Dutch state award. It is named for the Dutch poet and playwright Pieter Corneliszoon Hooft. The prize remuneration is €60,000.

Laurens Janszoon Costerprijs Dutch literary award

The Laurens Janszoon Costerprijs is a Dutch literary award given to those who have made a contribution to Dutch literature. The award is named after Dutch purported inventor of a printing press Laurens Janszoon Coster. The award is given by the Stichting Laurens Janszoon Coster organisation and the award ceremony takes place in Haarlem, the city where Laurens Janszoon Coster was born.


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  1. (in Dutch) Volkskrant-criticus Kees Fens overleden de Volkskrant, 16 juni 2008 (Retrieved on 17 June 2008)
  2. Wiel Kusters. Mijn versnipperd bestaan: het leven van Kees Fens 1929 - 2008. Singel Uitgeverijen. ISBN   9789025303846.