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Hans Warren
(October 20, 1921 - December 19, 2001) Holland

Hans Warren

Poet, writer


Poet, writer and literary critic, born in Borsele, whose real name is Johannes Adrianus Menne Warren. Warren has published his diaries in thirteen volumes. Much of his fame in the Netherlands derives from having published a collection of diaries in which he described his life and homosexual experiences in a country that deeply repressed homosexuality.

In 1952 he married an English woman, and they had three children. Soon after their marriage his wife was offered a position in Paris, where Warren's repressed homosexual feelings found an outlet in many contacts with North African boys. Although this created tension in his marriage, it also sparked his poetic career: Warren published three collections of poetry during his years in Paris, and the marriage, in the end, lasted until 1978.

In 1978 Warren met Mario Molegraaf, forty years his junior (Warren was 57 at that time). The two began a tumultuous love affair that lasted until Warren's death. Molegraaf was a talented writer himself, and together they published a number of translations: the entire work of Constantine P. Cavafy, several poems by George Seferis, works by Plato and Epicurus, and the four gospels.

Warren died at age 80 of liver problems; even his final year is described in his diary (which he kept until three days before his death) and in that of Molegraaf (published in 2002).


Sources: https://en.wikipedia.org/ - et alii


  • Pastorale (1946)
  • Een roos van Jericho (1966)
  • De Olympos (1973)
  • Herakles op de tweesprong (1974)
  • 't Zelve anders (1975)
  • Steen der hulp (1975)
  • Demetrios (1976)
  • Geheim dagboek 1942-1944 (1981)
  • Geheim dagboek 1945-1948 (1982)
  • Geheim dagboek 1949-1951 (1983)
  • Geheim dagboek 1952-1953

  • Geheim dagboek 1954-1955
  • Geheim dagboek 1956-1957
  • Geheim dagboek 1958-1962
  • Geheim dagboek 1963-1970
  • Geheim dagboek 1971-1972
  • Geheim dagboek 1973-1974
  • Geheim dagboek 1975-1976
  • Geheim dagboek 1977-1978
  • Geheim dagboek 1978-1980
  • Binnenste buiten (1989)
  • Indigo (1993)
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