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Dola de Jong


Dola de Jong was born Dorothea Rosalie de Jong in Arnhem in 1911. Her family was Jewish. Her mother died when she was five. When young she was interested both in writing and being a ballet dancer. Initially, because her father was opposed to her being a dancer, she became a journalist. She later moved to Amsterdam, where she took up ballet dancing. She toured with the Yvonne Georgi Ballet. At the same time, she was writing for girls’ magazines and a newspaper. She also published children’s books. Her first adult novel was published in 1939.

When collecting for the Committee for Jewish Refugees, she received so much abuse, she decided to leave the Netherlands at once. She initially ended up in Tangiers but then managed to get a visa for herself and her fiancé for the United States. In New York, she managed to continue her writing career, publishing children’s and adult books.She stayed in the United States after the war, though she returned to the Netherlands in the 1970s for seven years, before returning to the United States. She died in 2003.

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1933 Pieter loopt een blauwtje (with Mies Moussault)
1936 Tussen huis en horizon (Between Home and Horizon)
1939 Dans om het hart
1939 Gastvrouw in het groot
1939 Van Klaas Vaak en zijn brave zandkaboutertjes (Sand for the Sandmen)
1940 En de akker is de wereld (And the Field is the World)
1940 Knikkernik, Knakkernak en Knokkernok (Nikkernik, Nakkernak and Nokkernok)
1941 Burgemeester Jan
1943 The Level Land
1946 The Picture Story of Holland
1947 Return to the Level Land
1954 De thuiswacht (The Tree and the Vine) (novel)
1960 By Marvelous Agreement
1962 The House on Charlton Street
1963 One Summer’s Secret
1964 The Whirligig of Time