Maarten Maartens


Maarten Maartens is the pseudonym of the Dutch prose writer and poet Jozua Marius Willem van der Poorten Schwartz (Amsterdam, 15 August 1858 – Doorn, 3 August 1915). Between 1885 and 1914, he wrote 14 novels, numerous short stories and a few plays and collections of poetry.

He wrote in English and was very famous internationally in his day, although he never gained the recognition he deserved in the Netherlands.

Commemorative event

On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of his death, the Maarten Maartens Foundation organised a commemorative event in the period August – September 2015, which included various activities in and around the Maarten Maartens House, on the Zonheuvel country estate in Doorn. At both local and regional levels, as well as through national channels, the event refocused attention on this unjustly forgotten writer. The diverse character of the different items on the programme, spread over a period of six weeks, allowed various groups of the public to come into contact with the cultural heritage connected with the Maarten Maartens House.
You can find a photo impression of the commemoration event, the texts of the readings and lectures, and other information on the page Maartens Commemoration 2015 in word and image.

Flyer-Herdenking-100ste-sterfjaar-Maarten-Maartens Program of commemorative event on 26 September 2015