Petrus Augustus De Génestet was the best sold
poet in the second half of the 19th century. The Poet De Génestet
was born on November 21, 1829 in Amsterdam. He studied theology
and in 1852 he became a minister in the Remonstrant congregation
of Delft. In the same year he married Henriette Bienfait,
their marriage was blessed with 2 children. The year 1859
was a disaster for this family. His wife and one of the children
died from tuberculosis. Two years later he himself also became
victim of this disease - he passed away on July 2, 1861 in
Rozendaal, only 31 years of age.
As a poet he is praised because of his touching, musical
and often humorous poetry.