Jan Brester Az

According to two biographical reference books, Jan Brester Albertszoon was born on May 7, 1805 in Amsterdam - the book that we show says April 7. His parents are described as being commonpeople leading ordinary lives. Jan grew up and became a salesman or trader in coffee and tea. Jan was a bachelor and stayed living with his parents. For a long time he was secretary of the 'Maatschappij tot Nut van 't Algemeen Vermaak' in Amsterdam. He published poems in several yearbooks. At last, fullfilling a longterm wish of his friends, he put all of his poems into a collection during the last year of his life. Jan Brester Az. died on November 4, 1862 in Amsterdam - aged 57 years.

Also Brester was familiar with the Divine Name Jehovah. He uses the Name in the poem 'Abigaël'. (see: 'Neerlands Letterkunde in de Negentiende Eeuw' - Bloemlezing ten gebruike bij de beoefening onzer letterkunde' - published in 1877 by D.A. Thieme).







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