The most widely read of modern Dutch novels, this story of the life of "Little Johannes" is perhaps the most successful of the many attempts that have been made to portray the coming of Jesus into the modern world. Johannes is a boy of good family, who meets a strange, homeless workingman, to whom he becomes devoted, and whom he calls his "Brother." In the present selection Jesus has been held for examination as to his sanity.
Frederik Willem van Eeden (3 April 1860, Haarlem - 16 June 1932, Bussum) was a late 19th-century and early 20th-century Dutch writer and psychiatrist. He was a leading member of the Tachtigers and the Significs Group, and had top billing among the editors of De Nieuwe Gids (The New Guide) during its celebrated first few years of publication, starting in 1885.