MOUW, Johan Andréas dèr

MOUW, Johan Andréas dèr (nom-de-plume Dèr Mouw or Adwaita). Westerwoort near Arnhem 24.7.1863 — ’s-Gravenhage 8.7.1919. Dutch Poet and Philosopher. Son of Jacobus Cornelis and Anna Elisabetha Zillinger. Educated in Deventer, from 1883 studies of classical languages, philosophy, and Sanskrit (under Kern) at Leiden. Ph.D. 1887, diss. 1890. Married 1893 Hendrika Wijnanda van Enst, no children. Teacher in Zwolle, Doetinchem (1888-1903), Bergen, and Rijswijk (1904). In 1906 settled in the Hague. Wrote on philosophy (a Hegelian), and from 1912 Indianizing poetry under the name Adwaita.

Publications: diss. Quomodo antiqui naturam mirati sunt? Deventriae 1890.

on philosophy: Het absoluut idealisme. Ld. 1905, etc.

poetry: Brahman. 1-2. Amsterdam 1919-20.

Verzamelde Werken. Ed. by Victor van Vriesland. 1-6. Amsterdam 1947-49.

Sources: Biografisch Woordenboek van Nederland. ’s-Gr. 1979, 409-411; Wikipedia with three photos.

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