C. Buddingh'  

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Cornelis (Kees) Buddingh' (7 August 1918 - 24 November 1985) was a Dutch poet, TV-presenter, translator, and the father of Harry Potter translator Wiebe Buddingh'. Amongst others he translated A Clockwork Orange and the complete works of William Shakespeare into Dutch.

Poetry

In the early years of his career Kees Buddingh' mainly wrote surreal poems. In 1941 his first poems were published. These were illegal publications because of the German occupation in World War II. His most famous poem from his surreal period was 'De Blauwbilgorgel' (Bluebillgurgle) from 1942. The title was taken from a book by E. Nesbitt.

During the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands several of his books were issued clandestinely, a.o. his translations of four poems by W.H. Auden (Dordrecht, Semaphore Press, 1945).

Throughout his life, Buddingh' felt a strong connection to his native town of Dordrecht and the city features in many of his works including the poem "Ode aan Dordrecht". In 1975 he has written the "Boekenweekgeschenk". Buddingh' published a translation of a volume of poetry by D.J. Enright, Paradise Illustrated in 1982.



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