And my sweet love sat on a golden throne

An Extract from Nescio’s Little Poet The little poet had never fallen. To be a great poet and then to fall. When the little poet thought of what he wanted most, that was it. To amaze the world just once and just once have a fling with a poetess. He had had these thoughts repeatedly…

An Extract from ‘Young Titans’

III It was a curious time. Come to think of it, that time must still be going on — it goes on as long as there are young men around who are nineteen, twenty years old. But for us it is long gone. We were above the world and the world was above us and…

Nice Boys in a Cold World

The Literary Works of Nescio ‘Nescio’: who on earth would hide behind a peculiar name like that? But that’s just what the businessman Jan Hendrik Frederik Grönloh did in 1911. ‘Nescio’ is a Latin verb form that literally means ‘I don’t know’. It’s my guess that in choosing the name he meant to say, ‘Reader,…

Along the River Vecht

Friday. Caught the ten-to-ten train from Muiderpoort station to Abcoude. Took bike. Wonderful deep-blue sky, cloudless. Still quite cool in the morning, later really summery. Went to ‘De Vink’ café. Coffee in the deserted garden. Through the pollard willows on the far bank with their candelabra branches, looked out over the endless, golden meadows dotted…

Nescio, a Great Author of a Small Oeuvre

‘His work constitutes the greatest small oeuvre in Dutch literature,’ Reinder P. Meijer said in his Literature of the Low Countries – and rightly so. In fact, in this respect Nescio (‘I don’t know’ – pen name of J.H.F. Grönloh, 1882-1961) can be compared to Emily Brontë in Britain and Alain-Fournier in France. For most…