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Frederik Willem van Eeden (1860 in Haarlem, Netherlands — 1932 in Bussum) was a late 19th century and early 20th century Dutch writer and psychiatrist. He was a leading member of the Tachtigers, and had top billing among the editors of De Nieuwe Gids (The New Guide) during its celebrated first few years of publication, starting in 1885.

He was a prolific writer, churning out novels, poetry, plays, and essays. He was widely admired in the Netherlands in his own time for his writings, as well as his status as the first internationally prominent Dutch psychiatrist.

Van Eeden's psychiatrist practice included treating his fellow Tachtiger Willem Kloos as a patient starting in 1888. His treatment of Kloos was of limited benefit, as Kloos deteriorated into alcoholism and increasing symptoms of mental illness.

Van Eeden also incorporated his psychiatric insights into his later writings, such as in a deeply psychological novel called "Van de koele meren des doods" ("The cool lakes of death"). Published in 1900, the novel intimately traced the struggle of a woman addicted to morphine as she deteriorated physically and mentally.

His best known written work, "De Kleine Johannes" ("Little Johannes"), which first appeared in the premiere issue of De Nieuwe Gids, was a fantastical adventure of an everyman who grows up to face the harsh realities of the world around him and the emptiness of hopes for a better afterlife, but ultimately finding meaning in serving the good of those around him. This ethic is memorialized in the line "Waar de mensheid is, en haar weedom, daar is mijn weg." ("Where mankind is, and her woe, there is my path.")

Van Eeden sought not only to write about, but also to practice, such an ethic. He established a communal cooperative called Walden, taking inspiration from Thoreau, in Bussum, North Holland, where the residents tried to produce as much of their needs as they could themselves and to share everything in common, and where he took up a standard of living far below what he was used to. This reflected a trend toward socialism among the Tachtigers; another Tachtiger, Herman Gorter, was a founding member of the world's first Communist political party, the Dutch Social-Democratic Party, in 1909.

In his early writings, he was strongly influenced by Hindu ideas of selfhood, by Boehme's mysticism, and by Fechner's panpsychism. In his later life, van Eeden became a Roman Catholic.

Van Eeden visited the U.S. He had contacts with William James and other psychologists. He met Freud in Vienna. He corresponded with Hermann Hesse and was a friend of the in London (UK) living Russian anarchist Peter Kropotkin.

Van Eeden also had an interest in Indian philosophy. He translated Tagore’s Gitanjali.

He coined the term Lucid dream in the sense of mental clarity, a term that nowadays is a classic term in the Dream literarure and study, meaning dreaming while knowing that one is dreaming.

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Total Books: 41
De Blijde Wereld Reden Over Mensch En Maatschappij
2011 - De Blijde Wereld Reden Over Mensch En Maatschappij [Dutch Edition] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781247047959
ISBN-10: 1247047954
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction

Van De Passielooze Lelie
2010 - Van De Passielooze Lelie [1908 - Chinese Edition] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781160267380
ISBN-10: 1160267383
Genre: Literature & Fiction

2010 - Studie's [Dutch Edition] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781143402005
ISBN-10: 1143402006

The Quest
2010 - The Quest (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781142252106
ISBN-10: 1142252108

Johannes Viator Het Boek Van De Liefde
2010 - Johannes VIator Het Boek Van De Liefde [Dutch Edition] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781142805425
ISBN-10: 1142805425

2010 - Studies (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781141983537
ISBN-10: 1141983532

Happy Humanity
2009 - Happy Humanity (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781115579926
ISBN-10: 1115579924

The Deeps of Deliverance
2009 - The Deeps of Deliverance (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780217583213
ISBN-10: 0217583210

The Bride of Dreams
2009 - The Bride of Dreams (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781406851557
ISBN-10: 1406851558

De Kleine Johannes
2009 - De Kleine Johannes (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781110032242
ISBN-10: 1110032242

Studies Tweede Reeks
2009 - Studies Tweede Reeks [1891 - Dutch Edition] (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781104472757
ISBN-10: 1104472759
Genre: Literature & Fiction

Ysbrand A Tragicomedy
2009 - Ysbrand a Tragicomedy [1910] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781104534905
ISBN-10: 1104534908
Genre: Literature & Fiction

The Gaoler Politely -Or- Marry We Be Fair A Mashed-Up Romance
2008 - The Gaoler Politely -or- Marry We Be Fair a Mashed-up Romance (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781434845252
ISBN-10: 1434845257

Logische Grundlage derVerstandigung Redekunstige grondslag van verstandhouding Niederlandisch-Deutsche Paralleledition
2005 - Logische Grundlage Derverstandigung Redekunstige Grondslag Van Verstandhouding Niederlandisch-deutsche Paralleledition [Zeitschrift fur Dialektologie ... - Beihefte ZDL-B - German Edition] (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9783515084000
ISBN-10: 3515084002

Bride of Dreams the
2005 - Bride of Dreams The (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781421912523
ISBN-10: 142191252X

Bride of Dreams
2005 - Bride of Dreams (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781421912530
ISBN-10: 1421912538

De nachtbruid
De Nachtbruid [Salamander] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9789021495712
ISBN-10: 9021495716