Today’s birthday April 3rd 1860 : Dutch author, psychiatrist and “do-gooder” Frederik van Eeden, son of the famous botanicus and director of the Royal Tropical Institutein Haarlem,  Willem van Eeden.

Frederik van Eeden was best known for his ethical work “De Kleine Johannes” (“Little Johannes”), which is a fictional adventure of an everyman who grows up to face the harsh realities of the world around him.

The 3-part work has been translated into different languages

(photo 1 : own collection) 

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