In the seventeenth century, Dutch seafarers brought back reports of their journeys to the East Indies, a realm of over three thousand islands that in time and for a time would be under Dutch rule during the period of Empire. The twelve-volume Library of the Indies presents in English translation, with critical introductions and notes, a substantial body of the literature that arose from the encounter of the Dutch with the tropical Indies, during a period of over three centuries. It includes narratives of journeys, histories, nature studies, essays, and novels. It is a literature of great creativity and irony, a record of the lost cause and expectations of a colonial power.
Books in this series were published with the support of the Translations Program of the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Foundation for the Promotion of the Translation of Dutch Literary Works, and the Prince Bernhard Fund.
E. M. Beekman (deceased)
Multatuli Professor of Dutch Literature, Language, and Culture
University of Massachusetts Amherst