Ad Den Besten

Den Besten, Adriaan Cornelis (‘Ad’). b. Utrecht, the Netherlands, 11 March 1923; d. Amstelveen, 31 March 2015. He went to primary and secondary school in Utrecht, and after graduating in 1941 he went to Utrecht University to study theology. Two years earlier, he had made his literary debut in Opwaartsche Wegen, a magazine for young protestant poets. In 1943 he was forced to abandon his studies as Utrecht University was closed by order of the German occupying forces. Den Besten and other students were sent to Germany for (forced) employment. This, approximately, two-year period was of great importance for his future development as a human being and as a poet, as well as in a theological...

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