Other Literary Forms
Herman Heijermans began his literary career by writing prose sketches under a variety of pseudonyms and became a journalist by writing theater criticism for De telegraaf, a newspaper that had been founded in Amsterdam. He won his first literary success with ’n Jodenstreek? (a Jew’s trick?), a novella about intermarriage, which appeared in 1892 in De gids (the guide), one of the most respected periodicals in the Netherlands.
During his literary career, Heijermans employed several pen names, the most famous of which was Samuel Falkland, which had originally belonged to his father. He affixed “Jr.” to it and made it his own. With this pseudonym, he signed a series of vignettes and sketches of Amsterdam life that appeared weekly for twenty-one years, first in De telegraaf and later in Algemeen handelsblad (general journal of commerce). His “Falklandjes,” as they came to be called, attracted a large audience that looked forward to each new sketch and, sometimes, a one-act play. When they were later published in book form, they filled eighteen volumes. As a writer of Dutch prose, Heijermans is also known for his autobiographical novel Kamertjeszonde (1898; sin in a furnished room); Droomkoninkje (1924; the little dream king), a novel filled with the dreams and fantasies of childhood; and other sketches, novellas, and novels.