Holmes, James S.

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Holmes, James S. Gender: M
James Stratton Holmes
born on 2 May 1924 at 08:45 (= 08:45 AM )
Place Collins, Iowa, 41n54, 93w18
Timezone CST h6w (is standard time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_taucol.18.gif 11°54' s_mo.18.gif s_aricol.18.gif 27°03 Asc.s_cancol.18.gif 09°48'

James S. Holmes (1981)
photo: Thor NL (Tom Ordelman), license gfdl


American-Dutch poet, translator, and translation scholar, he sometimes published his work using his real name James S. Holmes, and other times the pen names Jim Holmes and Jacob Lowland. In 1956 he was the first non-Dutch translator to receive the prestigious Martinus Nijhoff Award, the most important recognition given to translators of creative texts from or into Dutch.

In 1984, in the midst of the One World Poetry demonstration, he organized an evening called "Poetry Gone Gay", in which he read some of his works dealing with homosexuality and eroticism. He found it extremely liberating to be able to show that part of his personality to the audience, and especially to obtain recognition and approval from it.

James S. Holmes lived with his partner Hans van Marle in the Netherlands. Holmes died from AIDS on 6 November 1986 in Amsterdam at age 62.

Link to Wikipedia biography


Source Notes

Birth certificate in hand from Sy Scholfield, copy on file.


  • Family : Childhood : Order of birth (Youngest of four)
  • Family : Relationship : Mate - Same sex (Hans van Marle)
  • Lifestyle : Financial : Gain - Grant, Scholarship, etc. (Fulbright exchange teacher)
  • Lifestyle : Home : Expatriate
  • Passions : Sexuality : Gay
  • Passions : Criminal Perpetrator : Prison sentence
  • Personal : Death : Illness/ Disease (AIDS)
  • Personal : Misc. : Changed name
  • Vocation : Military : Pacifist/ Objector (Refused military service)
  • Vocation : Writers : Poet
  • Vocation : Writers : Translator
  • Notable : Awards : Vocational award