Daniël Stalpertstraat 36, 1072 BE Amsterdam, Netherlands
Gerardina Anna "Josine" Reuling (September 29, 1899 - October 19, 1961)'s 1937 novel Terug naar het eiland can be read as a commentary on Radclyffe Hall's 1928 The Well of Loneliness.
On September 30, 1899, Cornelia Catherina Vonck, a midwife by profession, reported to the Civil Registry of Amsterdam the birth of Gerardina Anna Reuling, on September 29, in the house Daniel Stalpertstraat 36, from Anna Catharina Taatgen. This child was recognized on 21 October 1899 by Hermanus Reuling and Anna Catharina Taatgen. The parents were opera singers, and the nickname Josine probably came from 'La bohème'.
Josine shared the roaming life of her parents, who left Holland when she was two years old. Josine spent most of her school years in Eastern Europe, especially in Russia. The two concise biographical resources available, a short biography and a letter,2 contradict each other regarding the age at which Josine returned to Holland. Singel 262 speaks of her sixteenth year, the letter mentions the age of fifteen.
Josine's first book, Siempie, wrote at the age of twenty-two, first appeared in 1927 when she was twenty-eight years old. Josine Reuling stayed in Amsterdam , worked as a secretary at GH Bührmann's paper wholesaler and started her second novel Sara Vierhout in her spare time.
For health reasons, she had to stop working at Bührmann. Sara Vierhout was completed in Switzerland, first recorded in Robbers' Elsevier, then published in book form by Nijgh and van Ditmar. Josine left Switzerland for her second homeland, France. In 1940 she was forced by the war to return to the Netherlands. Twice a world war intervened in her life and sent her back to her homeland. In her first French period, Josine lived in Tourettes near Vence. There she wrote The Saint of St Jean and later, in 1942, she ended up in the province of De Lot, near Brives. Before 1940 she wrote Senta Meloni, a solo singing teacher, set in 1933 Nazi Berlin, which was first published in 1938.6 In addition, Intermezzo with Ernst (1934), according to many, is her coolest book, Back to the Island (1937) and the aforementioned SStrange Fatherland. The saint of St Jean is also written in this period, but was first published in 1941.
She returned to France along the 'pilot road' in 1942. She completed the risky journey with a Jewish friend and a small Jewish girl. The friend went to Switzerland via France, Josine ended up near Brives, where she lived hidden for two years. After the liberation of Paris in August 1944, she left for that city and worked there at the Dutch Consulate General until when she could safely return to Holland. She chose Laren as her place of residence and started writing The Expectation .
In 1948 she wrote 'with pleasure and for her own pleasure' the children's book Heks Pimpelneus. In 1950 she went back to France by order of the Ministry of Okw to write a novel again. The Years Are Like Birds appeared in 1951.
In 1952 she had a section in Vrij Nederland under the title 'Bij ons in de stad'. But she didn't like this kind of work and she stopped the series that started in March again in July.
Powders and pearls, a failed attempt to enter a competition with a failed detective, certainly did not culminate in her oeuvre.
On February 1, 1949, Josine Reuling joined the public reading room and library in Amsterdam as a typist. She quickly promoted and became secretary to the director.
She died October 19, 1961 in a nursing home on the van Eeghenstraat in Amsterdam .
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