Doolaard, A. den

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Doolaard, A. den Gender: M
Cornelis Johannes George Spoelstra
born on 7 February 1901 at 13:00 (= 1:00 PM )
Place Zwolle, Netherlands, 52n31, 6e06
Timezone LST m4e53 (is standard time)
Data source
Quoted BC/BR
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Schepel
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_aqucol.18.gif 18°05' s_mo.18.gif s_libcol.18.gif 02°11 Asc.s_cancol.18.gif 06°41'

A. den Doolaard (1945)
photo: Anefo, license cc-by-sa-3.0


Dutch adventurer, bohemian, writer and journalist.

He was the son of the Dutch reformed pastor Kornelis Spoelstra (20 September 1860, Sneek - 12 October 1918, Ermelo) and Alida Hunningher (7 December 1865, Den Haag - 21 August 1949, Den Haag). He had a younger sister Attie (10 September 1905, Den Haag - 23 November 1961, Nijmegen) and an elder sister Ina (3 March 1897, Pretoria - 22 April 1988, Zoetermeer), who became a nurse. The Frisian name name Spoelstra has not a well-known etymology, but the Dutch word "spoel" means coil, like a wound length of wire for conducting electricity: “the coil in an electric fire.”

When he was born around noon in Zwolle it was freezing cold. As a child he was aggressive, brash and impulsive. Later as the writer with the pen-name Den Doolaard (meaning wanderer) he was proud of it, as it reflected his hunger for freedom and the expansion of horizons. The "Dutch Hemingway" as he was called, liked travelling, climbing mountains and other endurance sports. Reflecting was not his art and he was a mediocre poet. But under the influence of Henri Bergson's vitalism and his born with temperament, he became an active doer. For this reason, he became a popular writer of Dutch teenagers, that needed to fill their Dutch book-list with the in their opinion often boring more reflective writers.

At age 3, he and his parents moved to South Africa. On 27 January 1917 he skated the 120 miles of the legendary Frisian Elfstedentocht. On 23 February 1930, he climbed the Mont Blanc during a winter storm. He impressed Leni Riefenstahl, who came that summer to film "Stürme über dem Mont Blanc".

His biographer Hans Olink called him the Dutch Hemingway in "Dronken van het leven: biografie van de zwerver, schrijver en journalist" (Drunk of life. Biography of a wanderer, writer and journalist).

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  • associate relationship with Marsman, Hendrik (born 30 September 1899). Notes: both writers were vitalists
  • lover relationship with Riefenstahl, Leni (born 22 August 1902). Notes: French interpreter of the crew of "Stürme über dem Mont Blanc", one night stand in 1930.

Source Notes

Schepel quotes 1 PM BC time in Sterrentijd 53 of 1 September 1994. Koppejan mentions the noon time in his autobiography, which is also mentioned by his biographer Hans Olink, but the BC clearly states 1 PM : "op den zevenden dezer maand des namiddags ten één ure, te Zwolle, in een huis, staande aan de Rhijnvis Feithlaan is bevallen van een kind van het mannelijk geslacht, aan hetwelk de voornamen zijn gegeven van Cornelis Johannes George".

Alles over leven en werk van de schrijver A. den Doolaard

Knaw biography


  • Traits : Personality : Active (an on action focused doer , not thinker)
  • Passions : Criminal Perpetrator : Homicide single
  • Vocation : Writers : Autobiographer
  • Vocation : Writers : Columnist/ journalist
  • Vocation : Writers : Fiction