Annie M.G. Schmidt
Annie M.G. Schmidt (1911-1995) has often been hailed as the ‘true queen’ of the Netherlands. Her books are still being reprinted and reprinted and a number have already been successfully filmed. Schmidt, born in 1911 in Kapelle (Zuid Beveland) as a vicar’s daughter, debuted in 1950. Before the war she was a librarian and, afterwards, was made head of documentation for the Dutch national newspaper, Het Parool, where her talents as a text writer were discovered. Schmidt enjoyed an immensely successful career. In 1965 she was awarded the first Dutch State Prize for Children’s and Youth Literature. Many more awards followed. In 1988, she received the international Hans Christian Andersen Prize. Schmidt died on 21 May 1995.