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The Multilingualism of Constantijn Huygens (1596-1687)
by Christopher Joby
Amsterdam University Press, 2014
Cloth: 978-90-8964-703-0 | eISBN: 978-90-485-2409-9
Library of Congress Classification PT5664.Z5J62 2014
Dewey Decimal Classification 839.311

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Dutch, French, Latin, Greek, Italian, English, Spanish, and German: those are the eight languages that Dutch Golden Age poet Constantijn Huygens (1596–1687) used to write his poetry and correspondence. He also knew a bit of Hebrew and Portuguese. Examining a wide range of Huygens’s writings—including personal letters, state correspondence, and poetry—Christopher Joby explores how Huygens tested the boundaries of language with his virtuosity as a polyglot. From Huygens’s multilingual code switching to his writings on architecture, music, and natural science, this comprehensive account is a must-read for anyone interested in this Dutch statesman and man of letters.

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