The earliest manuscript of Gerard Reve to Literatuurmuseum
The Literatuurmuseum in The Hague has a particular manuscript, acquired from writer Gerard Reve (1923-2006).
The bundle with ten poems he made at the age of sixteen for his childhood friend. According to the museum are the oldest preserved writings, as was the Tuesday know.
Director Aad Meinderts is happy with the acquisition. “The verses form the very beginning of the extensive and impressive body of work that Reve has failed. The notebook is a touching jeugddocument.”
The writer tapped the poems on the lined sheets from a schoolschriftje and kept them with paper clips at each other. He gave them on march 10, 1940 to Christina (Stien) Amende, to him at the Vossius Gymnasium sat. Reve did her in writing a marriage proposal, which she kindly rejected.