Couperus, Louis Marie Anne

Couperus, Louis Marie Anne lwē märēˈ än ko͞opāˈro͝os [key], 1863–1923, Dutch novelist. In his early works he emphasized with graceful irony the determining forces of human history and environment; this fatalism characterizes all his novels. Couperus is best known for the realistic family saga De Boeken der kleine Zielen (4 vol., 1901–3, tr. The Book of the Small Souls, 4 vol., 1914–18). Other works include symbolic fairy tales and verse.

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