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Jacobus Van Lennep, a Dutch novelist, born in Amsterdam, March 25, 1802, died Aug. 26, 1868. He was educated at Leyden, and produced his literary works while practising law. He is called by his countrymen the Walter Scott of Holland. His first publication was a collection of poems (1830), embodying some of the national legends. After the outbreak of the Belgian revolution he produced two political comedies, "The Frontier Village " and "The Village beyond the Frontier." He was the author of more than 50 romances, among which are: " Our Ancestors," a series of stories relating to the history of Holland; " The Rose of Dekama," translated into English by Wood-ley (London, 1847); and " The Adopted Son," translated by Hoskins (New York, 1847). He translated into Dutch several of the dramas of Shakespeare, and some of the poems of South-ey and Tennyson. He wrote a history of northern Holland for children, a description of the old castles of Holland, and numerous operas and comedies. He also prepared a complete edition of the Dutch poet Vondel. An edition of his dramatic works was published in Amsterdam in 1852-5'.