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'Eline Vere' is an 1889 novel by the Dutch writer Louis Couperus. It was adapted into the 1991 film 'Eline Vere', directed by Harry Kmel. Couperus wrote 'Eline Vere' in the house at Surinamestraat 20, The Hague.


The naturalistic novel, first published in a daily newspaper (18881889), instantly established Couperus as a household name in the Netherlands. It has been in print ever since. In Dutch, there have been about thirty editions until 2010, two adaptations for the theatre and one for film. Composer Alexander Voormolen dedicated his 'Nocturne for Eline' (1957) to the protagonist of the novel. It has been translated into English (twice), into Norwegian and into Urdu.R. Breugelmans, 'Louis Couperus in den vreemde'. Leiden, self-published, 2008

After the publication of the translation by Ina Rilke, the book was reviewed in 'The Scotsman' in 2010: "Couperus is a fine, driving storyteller even when he's off telling fairy stories in some symbolist landscape as in the rather mimsy 'Psyche'. He wrote 'Eline Vere' for serialisation, so it has the energy of the great Victorian novels without the melodrama, something astounding spread over 600 careful pages. ... Rediscovered novels usually make you realise why they were lost in the first place, but 'Eline Vere' is an exception: a pleasure we've missed for far too long."

See also

* 1889 in literature

* Dutch literature


Category:1889 novels

Category:Novels by Louis Couperus

Category:Novels set in the 1880s

Category:Novels set in the Netherlands

Category:Dutch novels adapted into films

Category:Novels first published in serial form

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